Community Support

Increase Clean Energy supports residential energy efficiency

By | Community Support, Uncategorized

Increase Clean Energy principals Derek and Tony present Groundwork staff with a corporate contribution in support of Groundwork’s energy efficiency outreach efforts.  Leading the Chollas EcoVillage project, Groundwork is bringing free energy and water conservation upgrades to Encanto neighborhoods.  Increase Clean Energy, a leading full service :Green Home” specialty company, is providing free audits. Call Groundwork for more information!  619 543 0430

Need a New Clothes Washer? SDGE Rebate – Just For You!

By | Community Support, Uncategorized
In the market for a new washing machine?

For a limited time, we’re offering an additional $20 incentive on top of our standard $50 clothes washer rebate. This offer is only available on SDG&E Marketplace.

Claim your $70 rebate on qualifying ENERGY STAR® clothes washers purchased between July 5th and August 8th, 2016*.




Act fast because this rebate ends August 8th.

Find additional savings with a complementary Water & Energy Savings Kit. Get yours today. #espsdge

SDGE: Helping You To Keep Your Cool!

By | Community Support, Uncategorized

As temperatures rise, it is good to know that SDGE is looking for ways for you to ‘beat the heat”.

A reminder for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers: the transition to a new electric rate structure that began last September enters the next phase in July 2016. How these changes affect your electric bill will depend on your energy use, where you live and whether you’re enrolled in a bill discount program like California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE). To read more about how these changes will impact your bill, please visit: #essdge.

Groundwork attends the 6th Annual Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow Summit

By | Community Support

Youth from across the county attended the annual Each One Teach One youth summit on Saturday, April 16. We were excited to provide hundreds of youth with exposure to the opportunity of joining the Green Team Summer Leadership Program. The Groundwork booth was very popular. Students were curious about the chance to earn a stipend while preparing for college and learning more about the environment. Groundwork distributed nearly 100 fliers advertising the application process, and added a dozen students from the watershed to a mailing list for the Green Team.

We were honored to be a part of this effort and support the great work that Reach One Teach One does with our youth and young adults.

Patrice Baker at Green Team exhibit table.

Patrice Baker at Green Team exhibit table.

Joel Kramer advertising Green Team to youth.

Joel Kramer advertising Green Team to youth.

Apply now! Green Team Youth Leadership Program

By | Community Support

We are excited to start the application process for the Green Team Youth Leadership Program! We are looking for 15 youth, ages 14 to 18, who actively participate in school and/or community activities, have a desire to help make the world a better place, and live or attend school in the Chollas Creek Watershed ( Participants must be available Tuesday – Thursday from 8 AM to 2 PM, from June 27 to August 5th, 2016. This opportunity includes a stipend of $250 and community service hours.

Youth leaders selected for the program will participate in a variety of restoration and community service projects, recreational field trips, green-collar career exploration, and leadership skills development. These Green Team members will be able to explore their natural surroundings within the framework of environmental justice and stewardship. Program mentors will guide team members to eliminate perceived and actual barriers to participation, and demonstrate how restoring the environment brings global, local, and personal change.

We’re going to have a lot of fun this summer – if you’d like to join this summer’s Green Team, please complete the online application by the deadline of Friday, May 13.

Green Team Youth Leaders gather at the EarthLab

Green Team Youth Leaders gather at the EarthLab for a quick pic between a full day of field trips, team-building and environmental education

STEAM Night at MTM & EarthLab

By | Community Support

EarthLab Education Programming and MTM middle school hosted their 2nd annual STEAM night last Thursday evening. The event was a huge success. Over 200 students and family members from MTM and other local schools visited the MTM campus to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  MTM teachers created an amazing selection of interactive activities, including marshmallow launchers, tanagrams, and building towers. We were fortunate to have several community partners who helped support our event as well. Thanks to the Birch Aquarium, PEAK, EIS, SDSU, UCSD, and local artist, Todd Stands. The students truly benefited from this educational and fun event!STEAM Art Mural

Environmental Stars

By | Community Support, Public Service

Groundwork congratulates Mike Chee and Chad Haza for their Environmental Star Awards this week!

NASSCO Environmental Star Awardees are recognized for their dedication and generosity to the community

NASSCO Environmental Star Awardees are recognized for their dedication and generosity to the community


“The NASSCO CRC has been the single most significant community partner in Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek’s 8 year history. Four times each year, without fail, the members of the NASSCO CRC have given of their time and talent to support a broad spectrum of environmental projects in this low-income watershed.  Projects include non-native removal, restoration, blight abatement, park construction, mural painting, community bike rides, garden bed construction, fence building, tree removal, and more.  In addition to the hard work performed by the members, CRC celebrates our communities at these work events by providing children’s activities, BBQs, face painting, and raffles. CRC members are selfless, hardworking, and highly motivated citizens  joined together for the purpose of improving their community and the environment. They are an inspiration for all of us fortunate enough to work with them.”

– Groundwork Executive Director, Leslie Reynolds

Pocketful of Thanks

By | Community Support, Public Service, Uncategorized

We’re so thankful for all of our supporters! To every volunteer, parent, dreamer, neighbor, partner and promoter who helps us work as one – THANK YOU! These photos are a strong reminder of what all of your help amounts to – this season we’ve managed to complete the Pocket Park on Euclid!

A special thanks goes out to the Mission Continues and Wounded Warriors who contributed their Saturday morning and their money to finish planting the park. It looks so beautiful and we can’t wait to pay it forward by opening it up for the pleasure of the public!

Hope you have a fulfilling and filling Thanksgiving everyone!DSC00937 DSC00947 DSC00948 DSC00950

Trail Plan Community Meeting

By | Community Support

With each conversation we get one step closer to a shared vision of our canyons.

This morning we held a meeting at Groundwork offices with the City of San Diego, Urban Corps, Rosemont Neighborhood Council and lifelong trail-users. What brought us together was the future of the canyons in North Encanto. Of the many parties present some use the trails, some will build them, some patrol them and others plan them. What’s important is that we share our vision with one another for the canyons and the trails they hold. We shared excitement for stewardship opportunities to clear our canyons of trash and learned about official processes to get code enforcement involved to stem the barrage of garbage. We shared our favorite sights of Red-tailed hawks and woody mushrooms, and expressed our concern for their neglect and abuse. We proposed plans for corridors, construction and city engagement and most of all, we got to know each other. Because a healthy neighborhood with familiar neighbors is key to a healthy canyon.

Are you inspired? If you’d like to get involved as a canyon steward, email Patrice Baker at

Have a great weekend everyone,
Joel Kramer


Community members and city officials discuss the future of Radio, Encanto and Emerald Canyons.

Community members and city officials discuss the future of Radio, Encanto and Emerald Canyons.