May 10th, 2013
The 2013 “battle” with invasive vines along the Saw Mill River, in the lower Hudson Valley in NY, has begun!
Please join Groundwork Hudson Valley (if you are in the neighborhood) on Sunday, May 11th, from 10 am to 1 pm with their on-going battle against the vines that are killing native trees and taking over the river habitat! Meet at the restoration site at Farragut Avenue and Saw Mill River Road. Hope to see you there!
Upcoming Dates for Your Calendars:
Saturday, March 16 — Vine Cutting
Sunday, April 14 — Vine Cutting
Saturday, May 11 — Great Saw Mill River Clean-up & Riverkeeper Hudson River & Tributaries Clean-up
Check out Groundwork Hudson Valley for more info.
May 9th, 2013
Who’s hosting: Groundwork Dona Ana County
When: MAY 10, 2013 at 1:00pm
Where: Holguin Rd. between Vado Elementary and Family Dollar
A trail connecting two communities!
The Vado Park and Trail is utilized by both the Vado and Del Cerro communities. These two communities played an important role in the Vado Project. The residents worked together and identified the need for recreational space in their communities. With Groundwork Dona Ana’s guidance and assistance, this community was able to make the Vado Park and Trail a reality.
• Hear from the key partners in the Vado Project!
• Interact with the Vado Community!
• Join the Vado Elementary students in a walking relay!
• Have fun!
Check out Groundwork Dona Ana for more info.
May 9th, 2013
Groundwork Denver was among the nation’s 64 environmental non-profits to receive an Earth Day 2013 grant award from Wells Fargo – the Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant. GW Denver received $25,000 to improve the Bear Creek watershed in Denver with tree planting, invasive weed removal and education and outreach.
Check out more about Groundwork Denver!
April 30th, 2013
GW Hudson Valley has been awarded an EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant, focused on the Lawrence Street neighborhood in Yonkers, NY, and the Putnam Spur Rail Trail project. EPA awarded approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across the country to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties. More than half of the recipients are located in the NEMW region, including sites in IL, IN, IA, MA, NY, OH, PA, VT, and WI, and aims to promote community revitalization by using cleanups to stimulate local economies and protect people’s health and the environment.
March 8th, 2013
Groundwork Denver is thrilled that WildEarth Guardians and Xcel Energy came to an agreement that will bring maximum benefits to the residents of the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods. Because of this settlement, the residents will have a new park where they can connect with nature, walk, bike and play. At least 140 homes will be insulated, collectively saving $27,000 per year, and a solar PV system will be installed on a public or community building, saving another $3,400 per year. Each of these projects will benefit the residents while also demonstrating a sustainable future for the neighborhoods. GW Denver is honored to have been entrusted by both parties with the funds because of their strong record of accomplishing tangible projects, their history of working in these north Denver neighborhoods, and their fiscal responsibility. GW Denver looks forward to continuing to work with both parties, the neighborhood residents, and partners at the City of Denver to accomplish all of this very important work.
Please contact Wendy Hawthorne, Executive Director, for more information at 303-455-5600. Check out the press release here for more information about the lawsuit, settlement and benefits. FINAL Cherokee Settlement Press Release
March 7th, 2013
Among Radio Canada’s movies about discovering and restoring ‘lost rivers’ is a gem of a feature on Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Saw Mill River and its role in the renewal of the City of Yonkers.
March 7th, 2013
Join Groundwork Somerville on March 9th at the Somerville Community Growing Center for the annual Somerville Maple Syrup Project Boil Down! Community members of all ages are invited to 22 Vinal Avenue for this free event between 10am and 2pm to watch and learn as sap from local maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire. Enjoy syrup-tasting, kids’ activities, tapping demonstrations, live music by local band The Pennies, and more! Waffles, syrup, hot cocoa (generously donated by Whole Foods Market and Taza Chocolate) and T-shirts will be on sale. They’ll also have a table for seed order pickup from the Growing Center’s Seed Sale fundraiser. Follow Somerville Maple Syrup news on Twitter using #mmmsyrup hashtag! Their handle on twitter is @gwsomerville. Click here for more about Groundwork Somerville.
March 6th, 2013
A film covering the work of Groundwork Anacostia DC will be featured at the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival. Please come out and support Groundwork Anacostia and the Environmental Film Festival! On Sunday, March 17 @ the National Museum of American History, @ 1:45 p.m.
The Anacostia River
RESTORYING THE ANACOSTIA RIVER (USA, 2011, 10 min.) How would you describe the Anacostia River? This film makes a compelling case that the best way to serve the continuing clean up of the Anacostia River is to change how we talk about it. The hope is that by changing the story of the Anacostia from that of a dirty, polluted mess to that of a valuable, beautiful wild place that is an asset to the community, an unconscious shift will take place, resulting in the community at large taking a greater role in the protection of the river. This film is part of American University’s Community Voice Project http://www.american.edu/soc/communityvoice/ Directed by Emma Boorboor. with Danny Peters and Rasheda Kahn
RIVERSTORIES Polluted and degraded, the Anacostia became a monument of environmental neglect. But for those who know the river and all its troubles, the Anacostia has inspired hopes and dreams, culture and community and remarkable human stories. Nina Shapiro-Perl, Filmmaker-in-Residence and director of the Community Voice Project at the American University School of Communication, and the Anacostia Community Museum began a partnership to document the stories of people of southeast Washington who engage with the river. And as the stories show, many people engage — in many ways. (–Ali Kahn, American University, American Today)
MAKING DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE: A DIGITAL STORY BY FRANCIS WHEELER (USA, 2011, 4 min.) Francis Wheeler recalls growing up black and poor in southeast D.C. with all the riches of a clean river and a bounty of fish.
SHARIFA BY KALIN WILLIAMS (USA, 2011, 5 min.) Senegal native Kalin Williams is working to build sustainable “transition” communities through her nonprofit.
THE DIGITAL STORY OF GABE HORCHLER (USA, 2011, 5 min.) River rat Gabe Horchler, law librarian at the Library of Congress, commutes to work each day on the Anacostia River, in his boat.
SMALL MOMENTS: A DIGITAL STORY BY VAUGHN PERRY (USA, 2011, 6 min.) Vaughan Perry found his passion while volunteering with Groundwork Anacostia and connecting young people with their environment.
Discussion with Nina Shapiro-Perl, Filmmaker-in-Residence at the American University School of Communication; Mike Bolinder, Anacostia Riverkeeper; James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society moderated by Tony Thompson, Education Program Coordinator, Anacostia Community Museum follows the screenings.
February 15th, 2013
Check out the incredible community renewal that Groundwork Lawrence has played a part in bringing about, in the City of Lawrence, in this exiciting new video of theirs that showcases their accomplishments in the community over the years – you can access it from here.
February 7th, 2013
Congratulations to Groundwork Lawrence - for being named the 2013 Healthy Life Styles Social Innovator by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum for their ‘Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Our Community’ project. The award, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation will provide funding as well as an in-depth consultancy. For more information, click here.