Environment

Residents Empowered to Turn Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces

Meet the people who are in the middle of the project, and see the cool things they've done to get rid of blight, one space at a time.


It's been proven that cleaning up vacant lots helps to improve the mental health of people who live in those communities. Think about it, who wouldn't want to walk outside and see beautiful flowers and native plants blooming instead of overgrown weeds and trash?

We recently caught up with Anna Archer, who works as a project manager for Grounded, a non-profit in Pittsburgh that helps to improve the conditions of distressed communities by cleaning up vacant lots and making sure land that has been forgotten by the city is put to good use.

She told us about the organization's CommunityCare program, which is actively working with residents to make that happen, and we met one of the enthusiastic stewards!

If you'd like to voice your support for vacant land stewardship opportunities in your community, you can download a letter of support on the Grounded website. Completed forms can be returned to anna@groundedpgh.org.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to Grounded by visiting the Donate page on their website.

(Photos c/o Grounded )

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