GWUSA Elects New Board Chair and Two New Board Members

May 22nd, 2015 GWUSA Elects New Board Chair and Two New Board Members

We are thrilled to announce Mickey Fearn‘s appointment as Groundwork USA Board Chair! He is currently Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and is the former Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance at the National Park Service (NPS) where he worked to increase the participation of currently underrepresented groups in our parks.

Mickey Fearn has been a public servant for over 43 years. Before joining NPS, Mickey was at Seattle Parks and Recreation, developing and implementing programs to connect urban youth to the natural world while promoting personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles. In Seattle, he also managed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and worked on a range of successful community renewal programs as director of the City’s Innovation Project and the Neighborhood Leadership Program. At NCSU, in addition to teaching classes, Mickey Fearn works with the College of Natural Resources’ (CNR’s) Community for Diversity in Natural Resources to address its challenges regarding diversity and inclusion and engaging in cross-campus diversity activities. He is also working with local government and non-profits to engage communities of color in ecology and environmental activities, and connecting federal agencies to the important research and work that CNR is doing.

Mickey takes over the leadership role from Maggie Super-Church who has successfully guided Groundwork USA’s growth over the last few years. We are happy to announce that she will remain on the board despite her busy schedule!

We are also excited to announce the appointment of two new board members – Stacey Triplett and Ashley Perez.

Stacey_TriplettStacey Triplett currently serves as Metro’s Senior Managing Analyst in the Sustainability Center. She has more than ten years experience with the regional government of the greater Portland metropolitan area. Her past work at Metro includes creation of an interdisciplinary team for urban habitat protection as well as start-up of organization-wide strategic initiatives. She led Intertwine Alliance efforts in the conservation education community focused on service to educational program providers with a focus on environmental literacy of residents.

Stacey is a part-time faculty member at Portland Community College’s Southeast Center, teaching political science. She is also a community educa
tor with Portland Housing Center teaching a culturally responsive financial fitness curriculum. Her past professional contributions focused on workplace health and safety, public transportation, public water and sewer system improvements and inventive recycling technology creation.

Ashley Perez grew up in Yonkers, NY, where she started as a Green Team member in the summer of 2010 with Groundwork Hudson Valley (GWHV), participating in her first ever nature outing of any sorts. Blown away by the experience, she decided to come back for a second summer and every summer after until she was too old to be on the Green Team (which is for high-school youth age 14 to 18 years). Ashley has participated in just about every program GWHV has had – the farmers’ market, the science barge, the green team, after-school programs, and loved everything that she did. Since then Ashley has participated in programs with NPS and the Student Conservation Association all over the U.S., rooted by her interest in diversifying the conservation movement. She is attending SUNY Purchase College, and studies Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology. With hopes of graduating soon, she would like to go into the world of research and use her discoveries to help expose the next generation of stewards to their public lands!

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

GW Denver Featured in US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Outreach Video!

May 12th, 2015

Groundwork Denver‘s staff and Green Team youth are featured in this cool U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service video promoting its focus on increasing urban and metropolitan communities’ access to national wildlife refuges!

GWUSA ED Joins Groundwork Team on Selma March

March 24th, 2015 GWUSA ED Joins Groundwork Team on Selma March

And here is Groundwork USA Executive Director Steve Burrington, who joined GW youth leaders for day three of the 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery March at Wright Chapel AME Zion Church along Route 80!

The National Park Service’s “Walking Classroom” commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march completed over 25 miles since starting on March 21st. After hearing from rangers in the morning, some Groundwork youth leaders met other foot soldiers who still reside in Lowndes County, AL and came to the programs for the public. Elias Seaborn is a former superintendent of schools in Selma and in 1965, he was a first year teacher and bus driver who saw the whole movement.

And here are Rani Jacobson’s (our NPS/GWUSA Fellow this year!) thoughtful observations based on her experience with the Walking Classroom: Blog3_GWUSASelma.

Welcome to the Groundwork USA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program & EJ/Equitable Development Community of Practice!

March 23rd, 2015 Welcome to the Groundwork USA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program & EJ/Equitable Development Community of Practice!

Last fall, Groundwork USA received a five-year grant from EPA to implement a Brownfields Technical Assistance (TA) Program, designed to help communities integrate environmental justice and equitable development best practices into their brownfields redevelopment planning.

Through our TA program, like-minded communities and practitioners across the country can join others in a community of practice where they can receive peer support, access to tools, workshops, networking opportunities and thought partners, and direct technical assistance.

Click here to learn more about the GWUSA Brownfields TA Program & Community of Practice and for more information on how to access our Technical Assistance program, and how to join our Community of Practice.

Day 3 of Selma March

March 23rd, 2015 Day 3 of Selma March

Escorted by National Park Service rangers and Alabama State Troopers, participants continue their walk along Route 80.

After completing 12.7 miles today, the Groundwork-NPS team has covered a ton of ground – literally and figuratively – when it comes to the Selma to Montgomery March. Along the way, both rangers and Walking Classroom participants sang key songs of the Civil Rights Movement. At the evening program, another foot soldier of the civil rights movement spoke today, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who told many of the stories of the whole civil rights movement and the role of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Day 2 of Selma March

March 23rd, 2015 Day 2 of Selma March

Photographed here is Groundwork Milwaukee Youth Program Director, Antoine Carter, walking over the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge on the second day of the NPS “Walking Classroom”. On this day in 1965, civil rights activists including Dr. Martin Luther King and Reverend Frederick Reese, began their successful Selma to Montgomery March.

On the second day of the National Park Service’s “Walking Classroom”, participants all over the country gathered for the first leg of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March. Starting off at the Brown Chapel AME Church, walkers had the opportunity to listen to a sermon by Reverend Frederick Reese, who also preached just before the successful march in 1965. Other speakers included the mayor of Selma and Ms. Joanne Bland who lived through the movement and now still reside in the city. The procession was led by a local youth drumline, the mayor and Park Service rangers. Later, the march stopped at a tent city and heard from the daughter of a landowner who let many marchers live on his land after they lost their homes at that time. The Groundwork group continues to be empowered by the history and the knowledge of the civil rights activists who have shared their stories, as well as the physical act of marching over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Groundwork Youth in Selma Commemorating Civil Rights March

March 20th, 2015 Groundwork Youth in Selma Commemorating Civil Rights March

Pictured here is Dominique Skinner, Youth Program Director at GW Anacostia, on Day 1 – preparing for NPS’s Walking Classroom. A Groundwork-RTCA contingent is headed down to Selma, AL to participate in an educational 5-day walk of the historic 50th-anniversary Selma March. (Photo credit: Rani Jacobson)

Representatives from Groundwork Trusts around the country and the National Park Service are heading down to Hayneville, Alabama to participate in a “Walking Classroom” commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Over the course of five days, participants will be learning about the march, talking about civil rights and race. Groundwork’s contingent is on the road and is already talking about some of the key issues they face in their daily lives. They are looking forward to getting to Alabama after their 20-hour drive and starting their journey. “We’ve never done something like this before so we are excited to see what is in store,” says Pamela Segura, an Americorps VISTA from Groundwork Hudson-Valley.

Also pictured is the entire Groundwork-NPS/RTCA crew, finally in Selma and ready for the historic March to begin! Montgomery 2015

GWUSA Youth Leader Training in Texas makes the news

March 11th, 2015

Read all about it here, on MassTransit mag!

More from Rani @ GW Lawrence!

March 11th, 2015

Learning about GW Lawrence, their exciting programs and particularly their extensive social media presence has been a fun and informative experience for Rani – read about it here: Rani J Blog2 GW Lawrence

NPS/GWUSA Fellow Rani Jacobson Goes ‘Syrupping’ with GW Somerville

February 24th, 2015

NPS/Groundwork USA Fellow Rani Jacobson, based in Boston, met up with the Groundwork Somerville crew to go tapping for Maple Syrup! Read about Rani and her fun experience with the Somerville Green Team in her blog post here: Rani J GW Somerville Blog 1

Rani will be working with Groundwork USA and the network on building our social media presence by blogging and writing about Trust projects and experiences across the network for Groundwork USA, along with some other exciting projects for both NPS and GWUSA. Welcome, Rani!