See our updated report on some of Groundwork’s cool on-going projects across the country: GWUSA Brownfields & Urban Waters Project Update 2013-14
We are so excited to announce the addition of Groundwork Indianapolis (or Groundwork Indy, as they seem to like calling it!) to our growing network of Trusts across the country. GW Indy is the 21st Trust in our network and we congratulate and welcome them.
Please see the job announcement for their first ED, and note that the deadline is June 12, 2015. GWIndy ED Position Announcement (final)
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 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!
Youth from Groundwork Anacostia River – D.C.‘s Green Team students have become citizen scientists, according to the Washington Post. These D.C. teens been working with the Smithsonian Institute’s eMammal project, which not only trains citizens to use animal tracking cameras but also to gather data for a modern data collection. This collection also aims to bring in data from urban areas, like the neighborhoods around the Anacostia River.
Green Team students joined a Smithsonian wildlife biologist and other citizen volunteers to check on the animal cameras and to download the photographic information that the cameras took. They were able to identify deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, a possum and a red fox.
Read more about the GWARDC Green Team students working in the field in the Washington Post article here.
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!
Groundwork Guyandotte is up and running, getting ready to get some cool projects in the ground! Groundwork Wyoming County’s merger with the Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association (UGWA), to form Groundwork Guyandotte Southern WV, has finally been completed and they are excited about the projects and programs they have planned for the year. Read about it here in a local news story about them!
By Rani Jacobson
Groundwork Trusts all around the country got dirty during Earth Week and Arbor Day last month, as they worked to honor the nature around them and continuing Groundwork’s commitment to the Earth.
In Connecticut, Groundwork Bridgeport hosted an Arbor Day Block Party event to kick off the launch of their new urban tree nursery. The tree nursery is funded by TD Green Streets, a grant program from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation supporting innovation in urban forestry. The City of Bridgeport was awarded the $20,000 grant, and GWB will be providing environmental education and job training for its Green Team and other participants. This new program supports Mayor Bill Finch’s commitment to expand the canopy of the city and support a more sustainable and “green” place for Bridgeport’s residents to live.
The Arbor Day celebrations started with a press event, where Mayor Finch spoke about the value of trees and an urban nursery in the city and upholding the BGreen 2020 vision, created in 2010. In addition, a TD Bank representative, Mike LaBella spoke about the importance of local governments and stakeholders taking steps to a more sustainable future. He also presented the City of Bridgeport and Mayor Finch with an award. The day concluded with the planting of 8 young trees at the Clifford House, a low-income housing building right down the street from the new Groundwork Bridgeport office in the downtown area.
Read about how Groundwork Cincinnati helped clean up Mill Creek and restore it to life, and how their Mill Creek Greenway Program has, today, become the vehicle for implementing a comprehensive Mill Creek Healthy People/Healthy River Strategy that provides multiple public benefits. The premise of the strategy is that all City neighborhoods should be livable and sustainable, and that by definition livable and sustainable neighborhoods have healthy natural resources and healthy people living in them. Read the story here: Groundwork-Cincinnati-Mill-Creek
Please see details here for the Executive Director position based in Buffalo, NY, and note that the deadline is May 22nd! GWB Executive Director Job Announce – FINAL
On April 7th, Groundwork Elizabeth celebrated their VISTA, Rocio Morales’ hard work by recognizing her. She visited the Mayor of the City of Elizabeth, Chris Bollwage, as well as their Assemblywoman (NJ 20th District), Annette Quijano, and was recognized by both for all her work helping Groundwork Elizabeth!