June 16th, 2014
Groundwork New Orleans has been promoting and building green infrastructure projects in the City of New Orleans over the last few years, in particular through its Earth Lab project. In a lot adjacent to the Healing Center on St Claude Avenue in the Marigny, it has installed knolls and dips to form a “bioswale,” a modified ditch that holds rainwater for short periods while water-loving plants filter it as it soaks into the ground. Groundwork uses the lot to teach alternative approaches to water management.
With this new grant of $100,000 from the City’s Sewerage & Water Board, Groundwork New Orleans will expand its footprint in the City by building a similar site called the ‘Lower9 Earth Lab’ at the corner of Caffin Avenue and North Prieur Street. Read all about it here.
June 12th, 2014
GW Hudson Valley is strengthening its collaboration wit Gorton High School’s Agriscience Pathway to provide hands-on agricultural study. Check out the story and video here.
June 10th, 2014
The City of Somerville’s Urban Ag program has grown and expanded through State grant and community partnerships, an expansion of South Street Farm, and the creation of the Somerville Innovation Farm. Read more about it here at the Somerville Times.
The expansion of South Street Farm is an example of a successful partnership across Somerville’s public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Chris Mancini, Excecutive Director of Groundwork Somerville. “It would have been impossible without the enthusiastic participation of everyone involved, and the funding from the Urban Ag grants. The results are two thriving urban oases providing food for the community, education for students and jobs for youth. Groundwork is proud to be stewards of South Street Farm and to work for Somerville youth, with Shape Up Somerville program and STEM Garden Institute to get food and education into people’s minds and mouths.”
June 4th, 2014
Here’s a great story about Groundwork Portland rallying East Portland residents around a common vision for their neighborhood that doesn’t include yet another McDonald’s. A quick and inspiring read!
May 27th, 2014
Th Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was in Commerce City, CO, on Thursday May 22nd, to announce the Obama administration’s plan to help fund a $6.7 million initiative to hire young adults and veterans to work on public lands. The project to be funded at Arsenal Refuge that she highlighted will include 38 positions through Groundwork Denver to work on habitat for bison and prairie dogs.
Speaking at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, Jewell said the grant will help fund 43 projects around the country as part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Most of the money will come through private grants, but the federal government will also contribute $1.9 million. “Through our partnership with Groundwork Denver and other organizations in communities across the country, we can leverage our federal investments with private support to help young adults learn new skills and gain great job experience while giving back to the community,” Jewell said.
Pictured above is Secretary Jewell with the awesome Groundwork Denver Green Team; at left is Sally Jewell at the ceremony, and bottom left, working with Groundwork Green Team member, Makalah.
Please click here for the full article.
May 27th, 2014
Groundwork Anacostia Green Team hosts youth from Nepal, as part of its involvement in the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) USA. The Nepal Team 2014 joins Groundwork Anacostia Green Team youth here at the Kenilworth Park Bandalong Litter Trap.
May 27th, 2014
Green Team member and Lawrence High School student, Rosa, pictured at left, introduced Governor Deval Patrick to a group of community leaders, local politicians and residents packed into Chester’s in Lawrence yesterday. Remarking on the Governor’s support of various projects in Lawrence, Rosa said, “By making an investment in the city, he made an investment in me, and I plan to use that opportunity to the fullest.”
In his remarks, Governor Patrick announced a $2.75 million investment to help create a public park at the Ferrous Site in Lawrence–located at the confluence of North Canal, and the Spicket and Merrimack Rivers. The City of Lawrence and Groundwork Lawrence will be managing this exciting new project in partnership.
Click here to view event press release.
Click here to view article in Eagle Tribune.
May 27th, 2014
Groundwork Doña Ana County’s Executive Director Ceci Vasconcellos was invited to attend the ceremony at which President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument in Doña Ana County, N.M. — at the White House on Wednesday, May 21. She was invited in recognition of Groundwork Doña Ana County‘s contribution to getting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks designated a national monument – see their press release here. See photo of Ceci and Green Team members at the White House to the left.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is rich with cultural and historical artifacts, which date back thousands of years to the Archaic Period, from between A.D. 400 to the mid-16th century, and from the time of Spanish occupation in our area, and this will help protect these cultural resources from vandalism and development so future generations can continue to enjoy them and learn from them. See here for some local coverage on this issue. Congratulations to Groundwork Doña Ana County!
Subsequently, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Las Cruces to celebrate the designation of OMDP, and to the left is GW Dona Ana Executive Director Ceci Vasconcellos pictured with her!
March 7th, 2014
The Denver Post writes about the plan that Groundwork Denver worked to develop, with local residents, to clean up the E.coli in lower Bear Creek.
Groundwork Denver is leading a comprehensive watershed planning effort for Lower Bear Creek. Bear Creek is a major tributary of the South Platte River that flows from its headwaters on Mount Evans about 42 miles until it meets the South Platte in Sheridan. Bear Creek offers a great recreational resource to neighborhoods throughout the Denver-metro area, with extensive parks, natural areas and a paved multi-use path. Unfortunately, Lower Bear Creek is considered “impaired” for recreational use due to E.coli contamination. It is also threatened by trash, oil and grease, and nutrient pollution.
February 6th, 2014
Groundwork Denver’s Green Team youth, who volunteer at Rocky Mountain National Park regularly, were highlighted in a video by Rocky Mountain National Park – many of the youth, GW Denver’s Youth Program director Shane Wright, and RMNP Park Rangers are interviewed here. Check it out!