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This picture shows some of the participants in our EPA-funded Environmental Job Training Program at the North Burial Ground in Providence where they honed their skills and planted trees.

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Groundwork Providence is building and maintaining green spaces across Rhode Island's urban communities!

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Who We Are

Groundwork Providence is a non-profit, community-based environmental organization dedicated to strengthening and sustaining healthier and more resilient urban communities in Rhode Island. Our mission is to reconnect the fabric of urban communities by meeting the dual needs of environmental restoration and economic prosperity in partnership with community residents, businesses, and other partners. Above all, Groundwork Providence is a steward of our shared urban environment, and through all of our programs we seek to serve the common goal of creating sustainable, healthy, and beautiful communities for Rhode Island’s urban residents, especially those in economically-distressed areas. Groundwork’s programming helps shape attitudes and behaviors regarding our urban environment, instills community pride, and encourages residents and businesses to take responsibility for our shared community.

Groundwork Providence’s Adult Job Training introduces local residents to career pathways in the environmental sector – particularly in the areas of brownfield remediation, lead and asbestos abatement, stormwater management, and urban land restoration.  The training offers many certifications that make … Read more »

GroundCorp, the social venture of  Groundwork Providence, is a landscape design-build and maintenance service. It provides valuable, paid, hands-on experience to graduates of our job training program as they search for permanent environmental work. Under the management of the Director … Read more »

Groundwork Providence opened the Hope Tree Nursery, a 300 tree nursery constructed on a formerly polluted parcel in the West End of Providence.  When fully operational, the nursery will be financially self-sustaining and provide a diverse stock of native species … Read more »

Groundwork Providence’s Green Team Program provides youth development and employment opportunities for high school students across Providence. Youth are hired for an eight week period to participate in environmental education programs and community service projects that improve their neighborhood’s environment. In 2014, … Read more »

Groundwork Providence’s Community Garden program is committed to offering community members access to healthy growing spaces, enhancing opportunities for residents to develop a meaningful, educational, and productive relationship with the environment.  In addition to providing healthy spaces to grow food … Read more »

Current Community Projects



The Hope Tree Nursery was recently constructed on a parcel of polluted land on the West Side of Providence on Sprague Street. The nursery was constructed by bringing a water line and irrigation system onto the parcel, which was remediated … Read more »



The Groundwork Providence Community Garden is located on Ring Street in Federal Hill.  It is composed of two lots in a historic residential neighborhood.  Before Groundwork Providence took ownership of these lots, they were an eyesore.  For years, the parcels were … Read more »


Groundwork Providence works with its numerous partners in various ways to help develop, protect, and preserve the city’s natural environment and create a sence of place by building strong neighborhoods.