• What is Groundwork Elizabeth?
    Founded in England in 1979, the Groundwork program engages the public sector, the private sector and the community in addressing challenges in urban communities. more information

  • What type of projects and programs are being done now?
    Groundwork’s mission is to improve places and in doing so to improve the lives of people within the Elizabeth community and beyond. more information

  • How can I get involved?
    Groundwork welcomes individual group and corporate volunteers and sponsorships. more information




13th Annual Tour de Elizabeth” BIG SUCCESS!!! attracts 700 riders




NJ DEP, Groundwork Elizabeth and Kean Launch P.E.A.S. Initiative

The NJ Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with Groundwork Elizabeth and Liberty Hall Farm at Kean University hosted a kickoff ceremony to celebrate a new community initiative named “MORE P.E.A.S”., standing for Permaculture, Education in Agricultural Systems. The celebration was held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016. In the initiative, Groundwork Elizabeth will oversee a multi year grant.

The MORE P.E.A.S. initiative, according to a spokesman for the partnership, “ promotes the three core tenets of permaculture: care for the earth (stewardship); care for people (social and cultural revitalization); and return of surplus (reinvestment and recycling).”

Importantly, Groundwork Elizabeth along with our governmental partners will work collaboratively with the private sector, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, local educators and the community at large to undertake various projects that will result in better access to healthy foods, strategies to build sustainable agricultural systems, development of green-career opportunities, and quality of life improvements in socially and economically-challenged areas of the City of Elizabeth, the Township of Union, and other areas throughout the County of Union.

Event speakers for the celebration of the MORE P.E.A.S. launch included NJDEP Deputy Commissioner, David L. Glass, City of Elizabeth, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, NJ 20th District Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Union County Freeholder Bette Ann Kowalski, Felice Vazquez representing Dr. Dawood Farahi, President of Kean University, Groundwork Elizabeth Board President Gregory J. Waga, Green Team Youth leader Adriana Morocho, and Groundwork Elizabeth’s Executive Director Jonathan Phillips and Come Grow With Us Farm and Garden Director Jackie Park Albaum.








Groundwork Elizabeth’s Marlen Paredes participates in new program with the National Park Service: Mountains to Main Street
Marlen Paredes of Groundwork Elizabeth’s Green Team was selected by the National Park Service as an intern for the newly developed “Mountains for Main Street” program. She’ll be visiting Grand Teton National Park for hands on training, and then coming back to Elizabeth and then leading the Green Team in events as she shares her learned experiences here to improve infrastructure and access to open space in Elizabeth.

(Marlen is shown here on the right with some of her Green Team associates on a recent trip to another National Park)




Elizabeth River Trail Phase II due to begin construction this coming Spring. Green Team’s EPA Urban Waters Grant builds community engagement for the River trail and associated watershed.
Plans are in place for the next phase of construction of the Elizabeth River Trail, portioned from Bridge Street to the Rt. 1 & 9 overpass. The City of Elizabeth has coordinated the logistics for the work and worked to line up funding for the portion right behind the Dwyer House of Elizabeth High School. More phases will soon follow as part of a combined Sewer Control Project by the City of Elizabeth. Partners include the US Army Corps of Engineers, the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Open Space Trust Fund, Groundwork Elizabeth, and others.

Groundwork Elizabeth’s Green Team is engaged in a study of the watershed which parallels the River Trail, funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Urban Waters program.





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