GreenRoots works to bolster public access to the waterfront through parks, urban wilds, and walkways; to make our waterfront cleaner and healthier, ensuring any new developments provide robust waterfront access and green space; and to ensure businesses are accountable to the community and our environment. 

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    Mill Creek Revitalization

    GreenRoots has restored salt marsh, advocated and designed a riverwalk, and installed interpretive, bilingual signage along the Mill Creek. We’ve also  designed, fundraised and oversaw construction of a dynamic, one acre park; implemented green infrastructure and community gardens and worked to develop new, natural open spaces along the Mill Creek. We’re building off of this work with new parks, restoration efforts and public access!

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    Island End River

    We protect access to the Island End River and won major improvements including a lighted, raised boardwalk and trellised walkways, public easements, a new park and permanent protections to the water’s edge for the community. We also collaborate to design major climate resilience projects.

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    Condor Street Urban Wild

    We partner with East Boston organizations and coalitions to design, fundraise for and oversee the construction of the Condor Street Urban Wild.

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    Noemy Rodriguez

    Waterfront Initiative Organizer

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    Noemy Rodriguez (she, her, hers)

    Noemy is Salvadoreña. She graduated high school in El Salvador and completed two years in the University Panamerican of El Salvador. In 2013, Noemy moved to East Boston for a better quality of life and easy access to the MBTA. When living in East Boston, Noemy faced eviction with three of her young sons which is when she got heavily involved with organizing around displacement with City Life / Vida Urbana as a community member. Since then, she’s organized East Boston residents facing similar struggles. Noemy is a dynamic leader who is widely recognized for her perseverance, ability to organize and her constant positivity. She has participated in various public forums, presentations and community events.

    In her free time. She enjoys inviting people to join the movement, la lucha, for a better life free of forced displacement, free from depression, and for environmental justice to ensure clean air for all families in her neighborhood of East Boston.

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    John Walkey

    Director of Climate Justice & Waterfront Initiatives

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    John Walkey (he, him, his)

    John is an East Boston resident who has been a committed advocate for environmental justice and immigrant rights in his neighborhood for the past twenty years. Starting in 2017, John has led GreenRoots’ work in East Boston and along the waterfront of the Chelsea Creek. John worked for a decade in hazard risk assessment and mitigation, and natural resource management in Central America and the Caribbean for NGOs, the US government, and the United Nations. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Archaeological Sciences from Boston University and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • As business booms in Boston Harbor, port communities pay the health costs

    Despite efforts by organizations like Massport to mitigate environmental impacts, concerns persist among activists and experts regarding the health consequences of increased shipping traffic and the need for measures like electrified shore power to reduce emissions.

  • Chelsea Receives State MVP Grants

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    Governor Maura Healey announces $31.5 million in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grants in FY2024, which include nearly $5.7 million in funding for community-designed projects in cities and towns, including Chelsea, MA.

Your support is crucial in ensuring our work continues.

For 30 years, GreenRoots has restored acres of urban salt marsh, created new parks, increased public access to the waterfront and improved the water quality of Chelsea Creek.

Our organizing model is rooted in base-building and community, and your help makes us a stronger force. A contribution to GreenRoots means an investment in the futures of Chelsea and East Boston!

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