Congresswoman Niki Tsongas introduces bill to create urban green space

WASHINGTON, DC – October 7, 2015 – Congresswoman Niki Tsongas today introduced new legislation to help urban communities turn blighted environments into public parks or other usable green spaces, while creating jobs in communities with elevated unemployment.

The Groundwork USA Trust Act was developed in consultation with the nonprofit group Groundwork Lawrence and would create a dedicated federal funding stream to ensure support for the twenty existing Groundwork programs nationwide, enabling other cities to launch similar initiatives.

Local groups win grants that support region's sense of place

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:00 am - By Terry Date tdate@eagletribune.com

LAWRENCE — At the spring gathering of the Essex National Heritage Commission at the Everett Mills, 150 guests celebrate the region’s strong sense of place and the award-winning projects that enhance that dynamic.

Daylight streamed through tall windows at the Thursday morning event and brightened the sturdy hardwood floor that factory workers once trod. The long, wide room with a high ceiling smelled of brick and wood and looked spacious enough for a basketball game.

Green Team Youth Program

Green Team_0.GIF The Groundwork Lawrence Green Team is a year-round program that offers part-time, paid positions for 50 Lawrence high school aged students each year to help learn about and lead local environmental and healthy community initiatives, grow food, conduct research, raise awareness, challenge their peers to do community service, and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout the City of Lawrence. The program is intended to promote the protection and restoration of Lawrence’s critical ecological systems, natural resources, and public health by engaging teens in advocacy and service-learning efforts focused on the community's parks, gardens, waterways, and vacant open spaces. The Green Team program has dual goals - to prepare Lawrence’s youth for a lifetime of environmental and healthy community leadership, and to invest in our community’s future and capacity to improve its physical environment.

 

S.A.L.S.A (Kite) Festival - Saturday June 2, 2018

June 2, 2018 - 11:00am-3:00pm O'Connell South Common in Lawrence, Massachusetts (directions) Facebook


Every June, GWL hosts the Kite Festival attracting Lawrence residents of all ages! We have since partnered with other great community agencies for what is now known as the SALSA Fiesta! This family-friendly event has free food, music, games, trolley rides, a fun obstacle course, yoga, zumba and of course kite making.

More info available on this flyer.

For more information on the event or how to sponsor, send an email to info@groundworklawrence.org

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Lawrence Selected as Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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Community Health Efforts Recognized as Lawrence Advances in Prize Selection Process

LAWRENCE, MA (February 19, 2015)—The good news just keeps coming for Lawrence, which was chosen today as a finalist for the third annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize. As a finalist, Lawrence is one step further to the RWJF Culture of Health Prize which honors only a handful of communities from across the nation whose efforts illustrate an enduring commitment toward building a Culture of Health for all residents.

Selected from more than 340 communities across the country, Lawrence joins just 14 other finalist communities and only one other community from Massachusetts, Everett. The 10 winners will be announced this fall, with a site visit to Lawrence planned for the spring

“Lawrence, MA is excited to have advanced as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist community,” said Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera. “We’ve recognized for years that health is about so much more than treating illness. It’s about making sure that everyone has access to the services they need, to safe and affordable housing, to education and to employment, and that’s what drives our commitment to creating a Culture of Health. We can’t wait to showcase Lawrence during the upcoming Robert Wood Johnson site visit.”

Grant will fund energy from food waste project

By Douglas Moser dmoser@eagletribune.com | Eagle Tribune

A nascent local project to generate electricity from food waste got a $4.4 million boost from the state Monday.

The state Executive office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced on Monday $18.4 million in grants to 13 communities or regional organizations for clean energy technology that would be used to prevent critical infrastructure from becoming disabled during a power failure.