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This picture shows our current EPA Environmental Workforce Development Job Training Program participants hands-on at the North Burial Ground in Providence, RI, where they honed their skills and planted trees.

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Mission Statement

Groundwork Providence is a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island dedicated to building a cleaner, safer, greener and more beautiful capital city for the State of Rhode Island. Our mission is to foster and awaken the potential of neighborhoods by working in conjunction with residents and businesses to improve the physical environment in economically struggling neighborhoods. We activate and beautify underutilized and polluted parcels, and reconnect the fabric of urban neighborhoods, providing places where people can grow their own food and learn about stewardship of the environment. We target chronically unemployed populations, including ex-offenders, and provide them job training in storm water management and the remediation of brownfields. We are working with the city of Providence to plant 40,000 new trees in Providence and make a true urban forest.

Groundwork Providence’s Adult Job Training engages local residents in projects that improve the places where they live, work, and play.  By giving people the resources and skills they need to make a difference in their own communities, Groundwork is building … 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 »

Trees 2020 is an initiative to increase Providence’s tree cover to 30% by the year 2020, which will boost air and water quality, moderate temperatures, and improve public health. Led by Groundwork Providence and the City of Providence, the effort … Read more »

The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP) is a street tree planting partnership of the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Tree Endowment, the City of Providence and the residents of Providence.  Since 1988, The Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Tree Endowment has matched … Read more »

Groundwork Providence’s Green Team Program provides youth development and employment opportunities for high school students in inner-city areas of Providence. Students are hired for an eight week period to participate in environmental education programs and community service projects. Learn about how to … 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.