The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

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City of Medford

Medford, MA

Breanna Lungo-Koehn


Pledge Summary

Medford, MA is situated 6 miles north of Boston with close to 60,000 residents. Sitting on 8.6 square miles, Medford has a lot of public green spaces that people come from near and far to enjoy. Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn is committed and passionate about the environment and how that impacts the monarch butterfly and bee populations. As an avid gardener, the Mayor has taken the butterfly pledge and plans on landscaping 7 areas of the city that have been designed by an environmental landscaper to plant native pollinators that align with this pledge, and beyond!

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.