Green Newton Civid Tree Memorial

Sponsor a Tree to Honor Lives Lost to COVID-19

The 4C Tree Project aims to honor the memory of lives lost to COVID-19 by celebrating life through the planting of trees, and we need your help to make it a success.

Spearheaded by Green Newton’s Environmental Youth Leadership Program, the Capture Carbon Commemorate COVID-19 Tree Project (4C Tree Project) hopes to demonstrate the resilience of our City through difficult times and its commitment to a healthy ecosystem. Your gift will help us plant trees in public spaces throughout Newton as memorials to loved ones lost and as reminders of the importance of caring for our world.

Sponsor a 4C Tree

Why trees? Practically speaking, they:

  • Capture carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon in the trunk, leaves and soil, and release oxygen into the atmosphere
  • Offer cooling shade, block cold winter winds, attract birds and wildlife
  • Contribute to a clean water supply by preventing soil erosion and chemical runoff
  • Provide grace and beauty to our homes and community

Why trees? Trees symbolize life, connection, strength and ancestry. We hope the planting of young trees will help our community look ahead to renewed vitality and balance in our lives while remembering the lives we lost and the challenges we endured. We hope that each sighting of a 4C tree will remind us of how precious life is and how important it is for us to care for the environment that sustains it.

This is where you come in. You can contribute to this tree memorial project by making a gift now.

Sponsor a 4C Tree

We hope to fundraise enough funds to begin the first round of tree plantings in spring 2021.  Through the generous support of Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, we will work with the Newton Department of Forestry and community volunteers to plant the trees.

In 1970, Newton’s public spaces had 40,000 thriving trees, but that number has dwindled to around 20,000 in recent years. With your contribution, we can plant trees, offset carbon emissions, and provide a living reminder of those we lost to COVID-19.



Questions? Check out our FAQs below, or email Barbara Brousal-Glaser at [email protected]. If you are interested in joining the tree care team, please email Elizabeth Sockwell at [email protected].


4C Tree Project FAQs

Who is going to plant the trees?

The City of Newton, with the help of volunteers.

When are the trees going to be planted?

Planting will start in spring 2021.

Where are the trees going to be planted?

The City Forester will define the sites on city property, both on streets and around municipal buildings such as schools.

How many trees are going to be planted?

100 is our first goal. With the success of our first round of fundraising, we may pursue more plantings.

Who is going to take care of the trees after they are planted?

We are seeking volunteers who will commit to watering and caring for the trees for 2 years after planting. The first 2 years of care after planting are critical for the success of a tree. If you are interested in helping, please email [email protected].

How can I locate the trees planted by this project?

A map with the location of all the trees will be available on the Green Newton website for viewing or download.

How can I know which trees are 4C trees?

There are plans to distinguish the 4C trees in some way from regular city trees, but the particular method is still under discussion.

Can I give by check?

Absolutely! You can mail gifts by check to: Green Newton, P.O. Box 590242, Newton, MA 02459. Please make the check out to ‘Green Newton’ with the note ‘4C Tree Project’ in the memo line. Please include your company’s matching gift form if your place of work offers a gift match.