Groundwork is optimistic about Michigan’s future. Our unparalleled natural resources and our deeply rooted agricultural heritage are assets to be enjoyed and protected. We envision a state with a strong and diversified economy that offers opportunities for people from all walks of life: new jobs throughout the state in clean energy and agriculture; towns and cities that are vibrant, exciting centers of community, arts, culture, and commerce; and more options to get around with a diverse transportation infrastructure that makes it easy to choose walking, biking, public transit, or access to a well-maintained road network. People will move to Michigan, or return home, to enjoy all the state has to offer and to raise the next generations of bright, industrious, and proud Michiganders.
Groundwork is committed to realizing this vision through strategically selected campaigns, initiatives, and projects. We focus our work in northwest Michigan because the region’s entrepreneurial spirit, culture of collaboration, and successful track record of joining economic growth and environmental protection make it a proving ground for innovation and possibility. We believe northwest Michigan will play an essential role in leading the state to prosperity.
ISLAND is a non-profit arts, agriculture and ecology center dedicated to connecting people with nature, art and community. ISLAND helps people become native to place by:
• supporting artists — visionaries, conceptual explorers and compelling communicators — with dedicated time, space and resources to create new work;
• restoring the old and developing the new skills and traditions of community self-reliance;
• creating and sharing a broad collection of tools for ecological living.
Formed in 2002, Mideast:JustPeace is an educational-activist organization providing a voice for the Palestinian resistance, the anti-Occupation Israelis and Americans who oppose the current U.S. /Israeli policies in the Middle East. Many in the greater Traverse City area have been to Palestine/Israel and know that what we are learning by way of U.S. media is biased, incomplete, and inaccurate. MidEast:JustPeace attempts through education and action-oriented activities to have an impact on these issues.
Clean water, unpolluted air, friendly villages, rural landscapes, abundant wildlife and lovely scenery are qualities that have brought us together in this unique place. They make possible a healthy lifestyle, a vibrant regional economy and a hope that our grandchildren can return and find intact the qualities we have enjoyed.
In 2009, NMEAC launched the Environmental Legacy Fund as a vehicle to provide critical resources for legal assistance to citizens groups, concerned citizens and environmental and conservation organizations working to make sure these values are protected.
Since its inception in 1980, the NMEAC has taken the lead in this effort. In the 1980s, we sued to keep a massive shopping mall out of downtown Traverse City and sued twice again to force suburban mall developers to comply with environmental laws. In the 1990s, we led the movement to save the Crystal River and prevented massive overdevelopment of pristine North Fox Island off the shores of Leelanau County.
The pace accelerated in the 2000s with successful action to stop the Hammond-Hartman Boardman River Bridge and Bypass Project. That success opened the way for the Grand Vision process which has engaged tens of thousands of local citizens in mapping out a future that enhances, rather than exploits, our environmental riches.
The Environmental Legacy Fund will expand NMEAC’s capacity to fill its unique niche as a catalyst for grassroots citizen action protecting the environmental quality of Northern Michigan.
Oryana Natural Foods Market, is a community food cooperative located in Traverse City. We are northern Michigan's source for local, organic and natural food. Featuring produce from regional farms, homemade soups and sandwiches, baked goods and desserts made daily, and a full-service grocery store.
The purpose of Oryana is to provide high quality food produced in ecologically sound ways at fair value to member-owners and the community. Oryana members and staff are committed to enhancing their community through the practice of cooperative economics and education about the relationship of food to health.
We are a collective of designers ranging from those who design educational curriculum to those who design wastewater treatment systems. We bring a holistic perspective to design challenges and help communities make durable decisions about their own future.
Connect with SEEDS, and gain opportunities to deepen your understanding of your community. You may choose to hire our Professional Services knowing that we love our work because we only accept jobs that align with our mission.