Giving voice to community needs and aspirations is at the heart of the Groundwork mission. Chollas Creek Watershed families have consistently and clearly demonstrated their commitment to improving their neighborhoods, restoring their natural resources, and addressing climatechange. Groundwork strives to support them in programs to bring conservation upgrades to their homes, empower them to serve as stewards to their creeks and canyons, and inspire them to advocate for change.
The EarthLab is an outdoor climate action park serving over 3000 students and their families each year. Working with cutting edge education and climate leaders regionally and beyond, EarthLab advances a new model of experiential education, technical training, and mentoring to activate the unparalleled potential of these underserved communities.
Known largely to its early indigenous populations and even today to some of its elders, the watershed’s natural resources have been largely obscured by urbanization and under-investment. Groundwork works with communities and the elected officials who represent them to secure the funds to restore wetlands and uplands, create wildlife corridors, and enable creeks and streams to flow.
Environmental justice-Groundwork’s restoration of creeks and canyons- is interwoven with economic, health, and energy equity programs. Groundwork advances community participation in the green economy through school-to-career and job preparation activities; promotes health through healthy home campaigns and pollution abatement; and leads renewable energy/clean transportation initiatives through residential and community solar projects and EV charging installations and purchase incentives.