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Groundwork Somerville
Modeled after successful Groundwork organizations in the United Kingdom and an affiliate of Groundwork USA, a network of organizations established by the National Park Service, Groundwork Somerville is a community-based organization who mission is to promote the reuse of former brownfield sites and community revitalization in Somerville. Receiving the 2008 CARE Grant from the EPA, Groundwork Somerville is partnering with Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership and the Somerville Community Health Agenda of the Cambridge Health Alliance over the next two years to develop a process involving residents in making land-use decisions along the green line corridors through Somerville.

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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

Based on Tufts Medford/Somerville campus, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service supports faculty research in the area of civic engagement, partners to help the needs of local non-profits, and is active promoting stronger, healthier, and safer communities within the Medford, Somerville, Boston’s Chinatown and Graton neighborhoods. Providing a supplementary education to students at Tuft’s seven schools, Tisch College engages student through many different civic programs and projects. These projects include having students work with Groundwork Somerville, assessing Somerville’s green infrastructure, and working with the Community Language Bank, translating short documents for local businesses and helping turn language differences from a barrier into a community building opportunity.