Our projects focus on brownfield remediation, youth green job training, and ensuring diverse voices are heard during the Willamette River Superfund cleanup.

The Emerson Street Garden

Back in 1994, the site of the current Emerson Street Garden was an empty lot polluted with lead. Today, after a lengthy community effort led and organized by Groundwork Portland and OSALT, the lot is a thriving community garden and green space for the people of Northeast Portland. The remediation was finished in the summer of 2015 and is ready for its first organic growing season in 2016!

Article from The Oregonian:

"On a tiny Northeast Portland lot, students learn Portland's history and work to improve its future."

Article from The Portland Mercury:

"Gone to Seed: County Turns Empty, Foreclosed Lots into Urban Gardens"


Visit the garden! 

822 NE Emerson Street, 
Portland, OR 97211


The Green Team

The Green Team is a year-round program that offers part-time, paid positions for young people to learn about and lead local environmental initiatives, grow food, conduct research, and raise awareness about environmental justice. The program, in partnership with Metro, POIC, McCoy School, and Green King, has created summer jobs for over 60 youth in Portland. Green Team youth gain leadership skills and a better understanding of their role in restoring and rebuilding a healthy environment.

Urban Waters

Portland's Willamette River between the Broadway Bridge and the river's mouth was designated as an EPA Superfund site in 2000. Groundwork Portland helped found and continues to support the Portland Harbor Community Coalition, a community-based group advocating for people of color, low-income communities, and others left out of the planning process.