February 11th, 2014
Between April 3rd and April 6th, 2014, Groundwork USA will host its annual National Assembly & Youth Summit (originally scheduled for October 2013 and postponed due to the federal shutdown) at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
If you are Groundwork personnel, please REGISTER HERE.
If you are a federal or non-profit partner, please REGISTER HERE.
A more detailed agenda is being finalized. For the moment, here’s a rough outline of events:
THURSDAY APRIL 3rd
6:00pm Welcome Reception & Dinner for the Groundwork Network
FRIDAY APRIL 4th
9:00am-3:00pm Groundwork Youth: Investing in the Next Generation of Conservation-Minded Sustainable Community Builders
This morning-through-early afternoon forum will engage Groundwork USA’s federal partners in a dynamic and interactive conversation with Groundwork Green Team youth ambassadors, youth program leaders, and practitioners from underserved Groundwork communities. Forums held during past Groundwork Youth Summits have inspired the robust youth corps and job training programs happening on federal lands with Trusts across the Groundwork USA Network. This event celebrates that work, and also the National Park Service’s Call to Action.
We have planned an engaging agenda that involves:
• Groundwork youth making presentations about their work to improve their communities;
• Senior level NPS, EPA, and FWS staff as guest speakers; and
• A series of interactive discussions between all parties about fostering greater connections between public lands (as well as their agencies) and youth from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.
For more information on our national youth development program called “Green Team”, take a look at 7 recently completed profiles of young people emerging from Groundwork Green Team programs across our national network. Here’s a more broad-brush update on our youth development endeavors network-wide.
3:30-5:00pm Network-Only Program
Groundwork USA AND EPA-facilitated discussion among EDs, youth, and youth leaders on Environmental Justice
SATURDAY APRIL 5th (all-day at NCTC)
Groundwork USA Assembly for Trust Executive Directors
SATURDAY APRIL 5th (all-day at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park)
Groundwork USA Youth Summit for Youth Leaders and Green Team Youth Ambassadors
The NCTC facility, a US Fish and Wildlife Service property, is a 1 – 1.5 hour drive from BWI (Baltimore) and downtown Washington, DC, respectively.
Please check back here for detailed agenda and more conference info.
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!
January 30th, 2014
Groundwork Elizabeth received a grant of $20,000 from PSE&G to support the second phase of the Elizabeth River Trail – to expand it further. Please read more about the Elizabeth River Trail, plans for expanding it, Groundwork Elizabeth and the City’s role in its evolution, covered in the local news here.
January 28th, 2014
Read about the Groundwork network’s youth programs, and the exciting projects our young people are engaged in across the country. GWUSA Youth Report Final -Jan 2014
January 16th, 2014
Groundwork USA is greatly honored to have been chosen by the National Park Service for the Department of Interior’s 2013 Partners in Conservation award, which recognizes Groundwork USA’s outstanding contribution to conservation nationwide through community engagement and cooperation with local, state and federal partners.
“We are truly honored to have been selected by the National Park Service for the work we have done over the last decade to transform the lives of young people in their own communities and on public lands,” said Rick Magder, Executive Director of Groundwork USA, accepting the award from the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on behalf of the 19 Groundwork Trusts in the network. “We are incredibly proud of our staff at Groundwork Trusts across the country, the partners we have in the National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the young people we reach and mentor to become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.”
Please see Groundwork USA’s full press release for more details: GWUSA DOI Conservation Award Press Release Jan 16 2014. And here is the DOI Press Release.
January 10th, 2014
Groundwork Portland has been invited to make a presentation on their Environmental Justice work in Oregon at an EPA-hosted event, along with a few other community organizations. The presentations will be followed by an open conversation with OEJ Director Matt Tejada and Senior EJ Adviser, Lisa Garcia. Groundwork Portland will be focusing on its work with the Portland Harbor Community Coalition. Congratulations to Groundwork Portland!
January 8th, 2014
Groundwork Richmond and local partners participate in the greening of the City of Richmond last Fall – check out this cool video documenting Arbor Day at Lucas Park!
And please take a moment to check out the City of Richmond’s Urban Greening Program – a program that Groundwork Richmond (GWR) is playing an important part in. GWR is helping build the City’s tree canopy by involving and coordinating residents and youth in the planting of trees in their neighborhoods.
December 4th, 2013
Groundwork Trusts from across the U.S. nominated seven youth for in-depth profiles that explore their passion and their commitment to the community and the natural environment around them, and highlight their growth as inspiring leaders and aspiring environmental professionals. Read about these incredible Groundwork youth and their journeys in these one-page stories:
- Diego Contreras is from Dallas, TX; Diego Contreras 2013
- Rene Garcia is from Denver, CO; Rene Garcia 2013
- Wilkins Lugo is from Lawrence, MA; Wilkins Lugo 2013
- Sheena Conn is from Richmond, CA; Sheena Conn 2013
- Shay Ross is from San Diego, CA; Shay Ross 2013 and
- Tatiana and Briana Bogans are from Washington, DC.Bogans 2013
November 27th, 2013
GWRVA is thrilled to announce its very FIRST Executive Director! Please see their press release for more info: PressRelease ED Hire Nov 25 2013
November 26th, 2013
At the annual conference of the Connecticut Urban Forest Council (CUFC), GW Bridgeport (BPT) was presented with an award in recognition of their “Outstanding Work in Urban Forestry”! In presenting the award, CUFC President Steve Hladun cited the work Groundwork Bridgeport has done planting trees throughout the City of Bridgeport with students and community volunteers over the past 2 years, as well as their work in establishing a new horticultural/green jobs training program in conjunction with the Mayor’s Conservation Corps (MCC), which GW BPT advises. He also recognized GW BPT’s program to provide instruction to high school students in GIS mapping technology and engage them to assist in Bridgeport’s tree inventory efforts.
The CUFC is a statewide organization composed of representatives from CT environmental organizations, state agencies, universities, research institutions, corporations, municipal tree wardens, and citizen tree groups. Its purpose is to provide advice, assistance, education, information and support to urban and community forestry professionals, associated professionals, volunteers, and municipal/state and corporate leaders.