Green and Grow: An Innovative Organic Park for Boston Residents

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July 18, 2013

Sustainability is made a top priority at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, a MAXIMUS Foundation grant recipient. The Greenway is a 15 acre, 1.5 mile roof garden park that sits atop an eight-lane highway tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts. The Greenway is owned by the commonwealth, but is managed and operated daily by the non-profit Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Grant funds support the Greenway’s signature education program, Green & Grow (G&G).

Boston residents, workers and visitors enjoy public programs and other events on the Greenway. The conservancy partners with cultural institutions and non-profit organizations to create events geared toward multi-generational and multi-cultural audiences. An intensive, year-round environmental education and workforce development program, G&G provides under-served Boston youth with hands-on STEM learning and job-readiness activities, as well as a pipeline to meaningful careers in environmental science and stewardship.

The Conservancy employs cutting-edge, sustainable horticulture practices and engages G&G participants in the experimentation and implementation of its innovative methods. The Greenway is Boston’s only organically maintained public park, and is certified organic with the goal of zero environmental footprint. Organic maintenance means no expenditure on toxic chemicals, organic weed management, irrigation processes to minimize water consumption, and extensive composting. The results are plants that are healthier and much more resilient.

We are both proud and happy to help deliver the promise of a vibrant, beautiful and innovative city park for Boston residents as well as support the continued success of Green & Grow’s program beneficiaries, 100% of whom have successfully transitioned to the next experience on their pipeline to meaningful, full-time employment.

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