Our History & Mission

Groundwork Elizabeth is a 501c3 non-profit, founded in Elizabeth, N.J. in 2003 with the goal of building healthy, sustainable and equitable communities. The mission of Groundwork Elizabeth is to work with our community to make fundamental improvements in the quality of our environment in order to build healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.

For the past decade we have worked daily in Elizabeth N.J. and regionally, in surrounding Union County communities to develop programs and projects that educate, improve and enhance our local urban challenged environment and address quality of life issues of environmental and food injustice.

We work hand in hand with the private sector and the community at large in concert with the public sector. Groundwork Elizabeth provides resources, education, and training to the environmentally underserved, and works cooperatively on a number of community based and public sector committees that incorporate our mission.

Groundwork Elizabeth initiatives, programs and projects are focused in five key areas: Climate ResilienceHealthy CommunitiesUrban AgricultureUrban Waters and Trails, and Youth Development.

Read more about our recent Climate Justice Journey at GroundworkUSA.org.

Our National Network

Groundwork Elizabeth is a Trust of Groundwork USA, a vibrant national network with local roots. Learning from and supporting one another, Groundwork USA Trusts undertake the best work anywhere to improve the built and natural environment in communities that would otherwise be left behind.

Groundwork USA is the only network of local organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of low-resource communities to advance health, equity, and resilience. Groundwork USA provides a national model, informed by best practices and research. Groundwork Trusts tailor the approach to the unique needs of small- to medium-sized cities, neighborhoods, and rural communities across the US, working with local residents, government officials, and business owners.

Groundwork USA and its network of 21 trusts share a mission and a common approach.

The mission of the Groundwork USA network is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being.

A Shared Groundwork Vision

Equitable Communities, Equitable Development

Everyone deserves a green, healthy, and resilient neighborhood environment. Development processes reach that goal through inclusion, meaningful community engagement, and collaboration.