Stop Dirty Diesel Hearing at Boston City Hall

December 20th, 2011

The Green Team will join the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project at a hearing today at Boston City Hall to stand up against dirty diesel that is hurting our communities here in Somerville and in Boston.

More info on the event is below and on the facebook page for the event.

Did you know? Dirty diesel pollution can cause asthma attacks, bronchitis, respiratory illness, heart disease, high blood pressure, cardiovascular illness, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Unfiltered diesel smoke is concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color like Roxbury, Dorchester, Chinatown, South End, JP, Mattapan, Southie & East Boston, where we already have the highest rates of illness.

Working together with the City of Boston, we can fight Environmental Racism & Classism, and STOP DIRTY DIESEL!

Inviting all–especially youth and families affected by asthma and other related problems–to attend the hearing and testify about how this issue affects you!

For more information, contact Dacia & Whitney at or (617)442-3343 x234


GWUSA highlights Ronald Leaks!

December 19th, 2011

Check out this great  edition of “GWS Catalyst,” highlighting our own Ronald Leaks.  It really is exciting how many employment and community service accomplishments have been made possible through the National Park Preservers Program!

Urban Family Outreach Squad Meet

December 16th, 2011

After a successful community meeting on Dec. 9th, we will take the information we received from that meeting and decide our next step and how our group can be most effective.  Everyone is encouraged to attend who believes that communities should have a voice in changes around them.  Yes you can help!! No matter who you are.  We are all residents, and concerned community members who will make a change.  Come to 268r PowderHouse Blvd., 17c, in the Clarendon Hill Housing Projects on :

Friday 23rd, 6-7:30

Recipe Contest for Somerville School Lunches!

December 15th, 2011

Somerville Food and Nutrition Services is hosting a recipe contest to help improve school lunch! They want YOUR  culturally diverse, delicious and nutritious, kid-approved recipes for use in schools. Winners will get a gift card, their recipe served on the lunch line and recognition on the menu!

Check out the Recipe Contest Flier to learn more!

Somerville News covers the Maple Brunch Fundraiser

December 13th, 2011

Our Maple Syrup Brunch fundraiser was wildly successful, raising $725 from our 20% cut of brunch food sales alone!  Thanks to all who attended, purchased syrup and T-shirts, enjoyed a great meal, and learned more about the project.  Check out the nice write-up by the Somerville news below:

The Maple Syrup Brunch Fundraiser sticks to Union Square

On December 7, 2011, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Cathleen Twardzik

The aroma of numerous tasty dishes, along with the succulent scent of maple syrup, wafted through the air at a recent brunch fundraiser, which was held to support the Somerville Maple Syrup Project.    read more…

Decmber Update from Groundwork Somerville

December 8th, 2011

Groundwork Somerville sends out periodic e-newsletters to our supporters to provide updates on programming, events, and opportunities to get involved.  We’d love to have all fans receive these updates!  To read December’s letter, please click here.  To sign up to receive future news updates, visit our contact us page and enter your email into the “Sign up” box.  Thanks for your support and interest!

Groundwork Somerville Featured on Eco-Centric Blog!

December 8th, 2011

This week the Eco-Centric Blog chose to focus their “Hero profile” on our organization!!  Check it out:

Most Thursdays, we run a Hero profile of a specific person — this week, we are trying something new, expanding Our Heroes to include programs we admire.

This blog post was written by Margaret Riche, our Hunter College Public Service Scholar.

It’s no secret that the number of people on Earth is exponentially growing, while the size of our planet remains the same. More than half of all humans now live in urban areas and these numbers will inevitably continue to grow.  If we are to survive and thrive, it’s critical that a holistic and sustainable-minded approach be at the heart of urban development and community advocacy. Luckily, there are groups like Groundwork Somerville looking out for the welfare of the planet and city-dwellers alike. Other environmentalists, community advocates and urban planners should take note.  Click here to read more. 

Advisory Committee Meeting and Mixer

December 6th, 2011

The Groundwork Somerville Advisory Committee will convene to receive an update on Groundwork’s programs and progress, and to tour the new Artisan’s Asylum space near Union Square.

If you are interested in learning more about the Advisory Committee, or how to join, please email us at

No Impact Man Screening

December 5th, 2011

Every year growing numbers of us are unhappy with the shopping frenzy and sheer waste that accompanies the holidays, but most of us don’t know how to get away from it. Let’s get more out of the holidays by screening ‘No Impact Man’ and joining the No Impact Project. Discussion follows film.

*BYOB if you desire*

Co-Sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost, Somerville Local First, Groundwork Somerville

Maple Syrup T: Order for the Holidays!

December 3rd, 2011

Congratulations to Adam Walker for his winning submission to our Maple Syrup Tshirt Contest!  We’d also like recognize Emily Voytek, whose Maple Leaf “Mmm Syrup!” design has been our logo for several years.    Check out the front and back images below, then pre-order the apparel you want by Monday December 4th!  This year, pre-ordering customers (please mail or drop off checks made out to Groundwork Somerville to 21 Properzi Way, Suite O) can choose from great long-sleeve Ts or Hoodies (light or heavy-weight).  Youth and adult sizes are available.  The shirts are Heather Blue with Goldenrod ink.  Apparel can then be picked up at Groundwork Somerville’s office, 21 Properzi Way, on Dec. 20th or 21st between 10am-6pm.

*Email and indicate size, contact information, and apparel type by Monday night to get your Syrupy Gear!*

  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt (100% combed ring-spun cotton): $20 Regular price, $30 Syrup Supporter price
  • Light Weight Hoodie: $30 Regular price, $40 Syrup Supporter price
  • Heavy Weight Hoodie: $35 Regular price, $45 Syrup Supporter price