In recognition of our multi-faceted work reclaiming brownfields, enhancing vacant open spaces, and building healthier, more sustainable communities, The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), the nation's oldest regional land trust and non-profit conservation organization, recently named Groundwork Lawrence "Conservationist of the Year" along with its sister organization Groundwork Somerville, and its "parent" Federal agency, the National Park Service.
As part of the Groundwork USA national network of nearly 20 other "trusts", Groundwork Lawrence shares its mission to "change places and change lives" by leading on-the-ground projects, programs, and partnerships. In each of our communities coast to coast, we respond to local needs by engaging residents, business owners, civic leaders, and youth in hands-on work to create positive change in some of our country's most underserved areas. Like TTOR, Groundwork Lawrence is a land trust, meaning we actively work to conserve and improve precious urban natural resources – like our rivers, trees, and vacant, underutilized spaces.
We are honored to have received TTOR's "Conservationist of the Year" award because it illustrates how our work is increasingly recognized by traditional land conservationists as a crucial, holistic piece of the environmental movement – for making our cities more sustainable means making our society as a whole healthier, more enjoyable, and more opportunity-filled for everyone.