A Groundwork organizations’ purpose is to build sustainable communities through joint environmental action and is built on partnerships linked together through the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Activities are organized into six program areas; land, brownfields, education, business, youth, and communities.
Groundwork has proven an effective mechanism for revitalizing underutilized and vacant brownfield properties for productive community reuse and creating pathways to success for local youth. LISC convened a broad group of organizational partners to bring Groundwork to Buffalo and in 2010 Groundwork Buffalo (GWB) is launching with generous support from the National Parks Service, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. with a focus on Vacant Property and Brownfield Conversions in Buffalo’s Mid-City and MLK neighborhoods.
Groundwork Buffalo will develop the most appropriate local uses from a “green menu” of options including New and Improved Parks , Community Gardens, Green Streets, Connecting Linear Parks, Urban Forests, Rain Gardens and Bioswales, and Constructed Wetlands.
Groundwork Buffalo’s environmental focus coincides with the Corporate Challenge's Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow initiative. Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow is a collaboration of the Corporate Challenge with JP Morgan Chase & Co.'s Office of Environmental Affairs to have the Corporate Challenge be the “greenest” road race in the world while educating its participants on the value of best environmental practices. All components of the race take are conducted in an environmentally conscious manner, including purchasing and products, waste management and recycling, even communications and transportation.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. has even been recognized by Runner's World for making the Corporate Challenge one of the 10 Greenest Races in 2008. The race has been so successful that it continues to grow across New York, and in cities around the globe. "The growth of the Corporate Challenge® is a testimony to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s continuing support of health and fitness, teamwork and camaraderie in the corporate communities across the U.S. and abroad,” said Barbara Paddock, senior vice president for the bank.
LISC thanks JP Morgan Chase & Co. for their commitment to environmental issues and for their support of Buffalo based groups working toward those issues in our communities.