Groundwork Trusts from San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Milwaukee, Washington, DC, Yonkers, Bridgeport, and Buffalo were at River Rally in Portland, Oregon, from May 4-7, 2012, where they made many connections with activists and colleagues working on restoring community rivers and lakes across the country. Groundwork representatives also met with EPA officials, including Lisa Jackson, Administrator of EPA. And thank you, Groundwork Portland, for being a fabulous host of our Groundwork colleagues, and for coordinating the service project with the Muslim Community Center of Portland for River Rally. Click here to see photos.
From Groundwork Denver, here are some gifts you can give the earth this weekend:
1. Swap out the last of your incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs.
2. Start a compost pile in your back yard.
3. Bike, walk or take the bus instead of driving for one trip.
4. Shop at a thrift store for something you were going to buy new.
5. Plant your spring garden.
And a give yourself a gift:
Take a walk, enjoy the blooming trees, the bright sunshine and all of the beauty of planet earth.
Have a Happy Earth Day!
In recognition of Groundwork Anacostia DC’s work connecting communities to the Anacostia River, Dennis Chestnut, ED of GWARDC, was awarded a photograph of the Anacostia River signed by DOI Secretary Ken Salazar, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, EPA Deputy Adminisrator, Senator Ben Carden (MD),Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD), Congresswoman Norton (DC), Governor Martin O’Mally (MD), and Mayor Vincent Gray (DC), at the America’s Great Outdoors Urban Waters event held on the banks of the Anacostia River on Friday, November 4, 2011. Check out the WAMU Broadcast 11/4/2011 Bladensburg Waterfront Park AGO Urban Waters Event.
Check out Roger’s interview with Le’alani Schaumburg of National Parks Service. Roger Osorio is a 4-year GWHV Green Team member who just began his college career! The photo here is of Roger at GWUSA’s 2010 conference in Washington, DC. Please click here to read the interview.
From Peter Payton, GW Dallas E.D.’s motorbike tour of Groundwork Trusts across the country — he found this Tip of the Month in Los Angeles. Check it out: Want Clearner Air? Park in the Shade!
The Groundwork network and its federal partners gathered in Denver and up in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, for GWUSA’s Annual Assembly and Youth Summit from September 14-18, 2011. Everyone agreed it was an inspiring, informative, and fun coming-together of old friends and new. We have some fabulous photos to share, we hope you will take a minute to check them out.
For GW San Diego Youth Leader Genevieve Parker’s take on her experience at the Youth Summit, check out her blog post here.
Read about our Green Teams’ wide-ranging and fun National Park partnership plans. Click here to check out the Summer’s first Greenbeat newsletter!
At National River Rally 2011, water protection advocates from across the nation came together June 3-6 in Charleston, South Carolina, a city with a long history, sitting at the confluence of five rivers, and boasting the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Groundwork Trusts from Buffalo & Hudson Valley (both from New York), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wyoming County, West Virginia, and Denver, Colorado, were present.
At River Rally GW Trusts advocates -
- learned the best strategies for river restoration;
- tested and helped improve the newest tools and technologies for watershed protection;
- delivered and discussed critical information from the field and from Washington, DC; and
- connected with the people you need to achieve your goals.
Click here for more information.
GWUSA is thrilled to report that our network of Trusts has been very busy in 2010, cleaning up vacant properties for reuse; converting brownfields to greenfields; planting trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables in schoolyards and community gardens; and engaging young people and community members everywhere through programs aimed at job training, environmental education, and community improvement. Please click here to download!
Highlights of our achievements in 2010 include:
- the launch of FIVE new Trusts in Washington, D.C., Buffalo, NY, Dona Ana County, NM, Richmond, CA, and Wyoming County, WV.
- GW Dallas removed and recycled 6,000 tires from 7 illegal dump sites in the Great Trinity Forest.
- GW Denver expanded its Green Team Youth Program to year-round and doubled the number of youth employed by the service learning program.
- GW Hudson Valley provided training and employment for 10 unemployed men (18-24 years old) in partnership with NPS Roosevelt Vanderbilt NHS.
- GW Lawrence and the City were awarded a $2.6 million state grant to build the Spicket River Greenway, linking 3 brownfield to park projects.
- GW Portland earned a ‘clean bill of health’ for the Emerson Street Community Garden, a brownfield to greenfield project.
Between April 3-5, representatives from GWUSA and 8 Groundwork trusts — Anacostia (DC), Bridgeport (CT), Buffalo (NY), HudsonValley (NY), Lawrence (MA), Providence (RI), Somerville (MA), and Wyoming County (WV) — attended the Brownfields 2011 conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Highlights for the GWUSA network included:
* Groundwork Somerville’s interactive, standing-room-only session titled “Community Corridor Planning: Engaging the Community in Participatory Land-Use Planning” eloquently delivered by staff and youth Green Team members
* a ceremony to honor Groundwork Lawrence, recipient of the 2010 Brownfield Renewal Award for Social Impact on behalf of Manchester Street Park, a 7-year, $1.3 million brownfield-to-park transformation project the trust led from 2002 to 2009
* participation by several trusts in the Brownfields 2011 Equitable Development Institute, as well as the Economic Redevelopment Forum.
In addition to these highlights, Groundwork USA hosted a booth in the Exhibit Hall, at which staff and board members from the national office and representing trusts took questions and shared information with conference-goers from dozens of distressed American communities about the Groundwork model, as well as the process by which communities apply to become a Groundwork trust.