Environmental Technical Training Program

Environmental Technical Training Program (ETTP): Turning Lawrence's Environmental Challenges into Educational & Career Opportunities

Graduates First Class, Second Currently in Session, Third Now Open for Enrollment

CLASSES START JULY 7TH. REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 27TH.

A growing partnership between the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (MVWIB) and Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is turning Lawrence’s environmental challenges into opportunities!

"By making an investment in the city, he made an investment in me."

"By making an investment in the city, he made an investment in me." Green Team member Rosa makes memorable speech on 4/30.

Last Wednesday, one of our High School students on the Green Team, Rosa Diaz, had the opportunity to make a speech in front of a room of state and local leaders and introduce Governor Patrick. Her speech was mas magnificent and the energy in the room after her remarks was tangible. We are so proud of Rosa and all of our students on the Green Team and are continually impressed with the way they represent themselves, Lawrence, and Groundwork.

Next Step Living Home Energy Assesments

Next Step living is a Boston based organization committed to improving household energy efficiency by taking simple, manageable steps. Their initiatives include home energy assessments, weatherization work, solar panel information and installation and providing expert advice on other ways to reduce energy use, become more sustainable and even save some money!

Next Step Living has partnered with Groundwork Lawrence to give homeowners an even bigger incentive to get a home energy assessment. For every

Lawrence Backyard Gardens

With funding from the EPA and the help of numerous volunteers, this past summer Groundwork Lawrence built twenty-one raised beds. Growing your own food in Lawrence can be a challenging activity for many residents because soil lead levels tend to be high and soil quality is low. Groundwork's Backyard Garden program alleviates this problem by building raised beds and providing a compost / loam growing medium. This enables residents to enjoy the benefits of growing their own fresh food.

Restoring the Spicket

For the past seven weeks a select group of young adults from Lawrence have organized a work crew to remove solid waste from the Spicket River. The Spicket River Crew has worked tirelessly to make the river a better place for people and wildlife. The project is generously funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Natural Resources Damages Trust Fund. The Smith Family Foundation also provided funding for Groundwork to buy a truck to implement this project. Below is the first blog entry provided by crew member Santiago Reyes.

Lawrence, Its People & the Spicket River

Reflections on work with Groundwork Lawrence from Bank of America Student Leader, Liliana Almonte

Every year since 2004, Bank of America recognizes community minded high school juniors and seniors from across the country and gives them the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience. As a selected participant of the 2013 Bank of America Student Leaders program, I was awarded an 8-week paid summer internship with a local nonprofit organization. Furthermore, I represented Massachusetts in a Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C. along with 4 other student leaders from the Boston area.