End of Year 2016! Great Work, Great People!

Happy Holiday's Groundwork Portland community!

2016 has been a year to remember! So much work done in the community; Emerson Garden, Dharma Rain Zen Center, Vance Park Peace Garden in Gresham, work with EPA, the Portland Harbor Superfund work with Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Green Team at Fort Vancouver (a very hot summer!), helping Black Parents Initiative launch the Cultivating Culture Program, working with POIC/RAHS to develop a green workforce plan, so much work....so much passion for environmental justice and community building. 

Groundwork Portland thanks all of the people, agencies, and organizations that helped us out, supported our work, and brought us into your lives! 

Please stay in touch and we will be making some major announcements closer to the end of the year!

The Youth Take Over!

Groundwork Portland gives young people opportunities through a summer program called the Green Team. The Green Team enables youth to get job training, provides an environmental education, and allows them to contribute to their community. The Green Team is a group of teens that carries out various projects throughout NE and East Portland, in community spaces such as Emerson Garden, Dharma Rain Zen Center, King Elementary, and Leaven Center.  


The Green Team’s projects include planting vegetables, installing a French drain, and going on trips to historic sites to learn about our region’s history — all while having plenty of fun outside. Not only are the Green Team youth learning skills like gardening, construction, storm water management, and tool safety, they are gaining valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, and leadership.


Providing such opportunities allows them to be a part of their community. Giving them an environmental education makes them aware of their surroundings in a new way — they are better able to see their communities through a social and environmental justice perspective. The skills they learn have significant value in the future because in the end, the youth will help make Portland a greener and more equitable place to live. 


- By Nasteho Abdirahman, Green Team Member 2016

Groundwork Portland's Edward Hill speaks at Smart Growth Conference

This February, the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, one of the country's leading smart growth conferences, swung through Portland. Groundwork Portland Executive Director Edward Hill presented with the EPA's Laura Stewart about our collaboration using the CFERST tool.

CFERST (Community-focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool) is a visual data software tool that maps street-by-street exposure risks for many environmental hazards. It's pretty cool, and it has a lot of potential to help city planners "go under the 'hood" to find soil and water toxins in neighborhoods all over the country.

Groundwork Portland used the tool last year with the EPA to help map potential brownfields in the Portland area. We also incorporated the tool into an STEM/STEAM education project where we taught young people how to use CFERST, thereby turning youth into citizen scientists.

The presentation was a chance for Groundwork Portland to share its important work in the community with the international smart growth community.

We're looking forward to next year in St. Louis!

Updates on the new Groundwork Portland site!


As Groundwork Portland continues to increase its visibility in the Portland scene, we wanted our website to reflect that growth. That's why we invested in creating a new site. 

We feel that the new site reflects our status as a regional leader in brownfield remediation, green workforce development, and environmental justice. The site also features new capabilities to help our community learn from, support, and work with Groundwork Portland.

Some of the new site's highlights:

- Updated imagery, organizational info, and content

- An easy, secure way to donate to Groundwork Portland

- A responsive and mobile-ready design

While we're happy with the new site, we welcome any feedback to make it better. Please contact us with any comments. 


Thanks for visiting the site!

Edward Hill, Executive Director