November 13th, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2:00 PM EST
Registration is free: Register today
Join Groundwork USA and our partner, TDA Consulting, for a free, interactive webinar on the role of community engagement in advancing an equitable development agenda.
Hear directly from some of the field’s most innovative practitioners who are achieving equitable brownfield redevelopment outcomes:
Marianne Paley Nadel, Owner/Manager at Everett Mills Real Estate LLC
Marianne will share the story of the Reviviendo Gateway Initiative in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The mission of Reviviendo is to build human capital, create new housing and commercial space, improve the public environment, and redefine the city’s image. Marianne will discuss the process to achieve the project’s main objectives, explore the importance of benchmarking progress, and provide an update on the initiative.
Regina Laurie, Community Engagement Consultant
Regina will talk about her work in Flint, MI over the past 15 years working with the Genesee County Land Bank, the City of Flint’s master plan, neighborhood based organizations on community engagement, coalition building, working across difference, and the importance of community healing using storytelling. Her work in Flint particularly focused on supporting the Land Bank’s pass-through of $20M in Neighborhood Stabilization funds to address housing demolition, and related historic and current systemic issues the community is facing as a result of massive disinvestment and depopulation.
Tedd Grain, Deputy Director of Indy LISC
Through initiatives like Quality of Life neighborhoods, Great Places 2020, and Reconnecting to our Waterways, Indianapolis LISC seeks strategic community development and deployment of resources, including aligning grassroots community priorities with brownfield remediation efforts through the Indy Brownfield Accelerator. Tedd will describe the community engagement process that has led to catalytic investment in these initiatives.
November 9th, 2015
In late September, Groundwork Somerville and NPS-RTCA brought Canoemobile, a two-day paddling event, to Boston. Canoemobile is a program of a non-profit adventure tourism organization out of Minnesota called Wilderness Inquiry that travels with six 24-foot canoes all over the country. The program came to Somerville on September 22nd, 2015 at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse and was hosted by GWS. The second day of programming was hosted by YMCA Boston at DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester.
Read more about the event through Rani Jacobson, NPS-RTCA and GWUSA Fellow, here: Canoemobile Boston/Somerville.
Somerville students showing their hi-Vs!
Two Somerville fourth graders practice their hi-V on land before paddling the Mystic
Some of our federal and non-profit partners get out on the water in between sessions
NPS-RTCA/GWUSA Fellow Rani Jacobson and NPS RTCA Philly Fellow Briana Riley (attempting to) take a selfie in one of the 24-foot Voyageur canoes!
October 27th, 2015
Kudos to Groundwork Denver, Groundwork Milwaukee, and Groundwork New Orleans for winning U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants to lessen climate change impacts and increase climate resilience in their respective communities.
- Groundwork Denver, together with local partners, will develop an action plan with residents of low-income Denver communities to address the public health impacts of extreme heat events.
- Groundwork Milwaukee will train community teens and young adults to build rain gardens and install rain barrels to collect stormwater runoff and prevent flooding, demonstrating how green infrastructure can lessen the effects of climate change.
- The Groundwork New Orleans Building Climate Resilient Communities project will teach students to design, build, and install solar-powered charging benches on or near bus stops in underserved communities, providing community members with clean energy to use during daily commutes and during emergency power outages.
Learn more about these Trusts’ winning project proposals listed by EPA region, as well as other great projects that support and empower underserved communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.
September 23rd, 2015
All conference and registration info here!
September 23rd, 2015
Groundwork Atlanta has undertaken a search for an Executive Director! please see the job description and application details here: GWATL_ED_JobDesc_FINAL
September 21st, 2015
Dele Johnson of Groundwork Denver talks about his experience at National Elk Refuge this summer with Pamela Segura of Groundwork Hudson Valley who interviewed him for this story: Dele Johnson – USFWS GWUSA Partnership.
Johnson and 11 other youth from Groundwork Trusts in Dallas, Denver and New Orleans went to National Elk Refuge to work, learn and play as part of Groundwork USA’s growing partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. The experience left a lasting impact on all of them.
The youth also worked at Grand Teton National Park nearby the same week, and talked about their time there with us — you can read about that here.
August 21st, 2015
Check out the busy and exciting summer that the Groundwork RVA Green Team has been having here!
August 17th, 2015
This summer, Groundwork USA sent nine Green Team youth from around the network for a week-long trip to Grand Teton National Park to work, learn and live. While in the backcountry of Wyoming, the youth learned new skills that they can bring to their Groundwork projects back home, gained more knowledge about themselves and how they work, and a greater appreciation for nature.
Whilst in Wyoming, they had the opportunity learn more about themselves and how they work. For Cindy Leija from Groundwork Dallas, patience was an important lesson learned: “I would get stressed out working in the heat. But patience is a benefit to me and my team, and it’s worth it.” Many Green Team members found that their trip has not only brought a focus to their work in their cities but also made them grateful for their Groundwork education. “Groundwork has been here for me and been an opportunity for me and my friends to avoid being on the streets,” Jeremiah Roy says. “It gives us something to look forward to.”
This summer’s partnership was our first with Grand Teton National Park, modeled after our current partnership with their neighbor to the north Yellowstone National Park and their Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. Groundwork USA’s vision is to extend our partnership with Grand Teton and continue bringing urban youth to the greater outdoors for these once (maybe twice) in a lifetime experiences.
Read more about Grand Teton through the eyes of three youth from Groundwork New Orleans, Groundwork Dallas and Groundwork Denver.
Jeremiah Roy, Groundwork NOLA
Cindy Leija, Groundwork Dallas
Makalah Emmanuel, Groundwork Denver
August 13th, 2015
This summer, Groundwork USA sent Green Team youth from around the network for a week-long trip to Yellowstone National Park to work, learn and live. While in the backcountry of America, the youth learned new skills that they can bring to their Groundwork projects back home, gained more knowledge about themselves and how they work, and a greater appreciation for nature. Building a stone wall was one of the major projects that they worked on. In addition, the Green Team students were able to talk to park rangers and YCC staff about their roles within the Park Service and to talk about career ideas. Read more about Yellowstone through the eyes of three youth from Groundwork Jacksonville, Groundwork Portland and Groundwork Richmond.
Eduardo Guzman, Groundwork Jacksonville
Medina Gedi, Groundwork Portland
Favian Gutierrez, Groundwork Richmond CA
August 4th, 2015
Magpi is helping Groundwork Denver be a little bit greener and lot more efficient. Using Magpi’s mobile data collection app, Groundwork Denver team members can now go ‘paperless’ when collecting field data about the environmental revitalization and conservation work they do; everything from planting trees and cleaning up streams, to gardening, building playgrounds, and habitat restoration. More Magpi and less paper use means Groundwork Denver is doing its own part to contribute to a ‘green’ environment. Check out their recent press release and read more about this exciting new partnership here.