Lauren Griffith

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URI Internship Year:

2016

F&ES Degree:

MEM

Lauren is a joint degree student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Divinity School. Before coming to Yale she worked with a non-profit organization, Capital Roots, that worked to increase access to fresh, affordable, and nutritious food in the New York capital region. After working with urban agriculture and food access, Lauren is enjoying working on cities' approaches to greenspace and forestry projects this summer with URI.

Group

Read Street

Wooster Square / Russo Park

Bishop St.

Truman Street Clean/green Project

Orchard Street

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

East Edge Gardeners

Shepard (Emeritus)

Sherman Parkway

Greenspace Log

Category Date Group Summary
Maintenance
Maintenance

07/29/2016

Sherman Parkway

This was our final week, and we made one last push to clear as many weeds and invasives as we could from the tree line. We also watered the three trees planted this season.

Social
Social

07/28/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

This was the group's final week, so to close out the season they had a big end of the summer celebration and barbeque. There was hotdogs and watermelon, a water balloon toss, wiffle ball, and plenty of bubbles.

Planting
Planting

07/27/2016

Shepard (Emeritus)

For our final week we planted 2 coral bells, 3 day lilies, finished laying the brick edging for the center island, and laid down a stone dust path.

Planting
Planting

07/26/2016

Orchard Street

This week we put in two new perennials in the bed surrounding one of the trees, five perennials in the curb strip around a tree, and grass seed along the rest of the curb strip.

Planting
Planting

07/26/2016

Read Street

This week we planted perennials in the curb strips in front of three different homes.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/22/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week we continued weeding and removing invasives along the tree line.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/22/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week I met Ray and Sandy to deliver mulch in the morning for a group meeting later in the day.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/20/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

This week the group weeded and laid down 1/2 yard of stone dust to the entrance path.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/19/2016

Orchard Street

This week we met and finished laying down peastone in the picnic area. We also painted the picnic tables a new red color.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/15/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week we worked on clearing the the weeds and invasives along the tree line. We also watered the three trees planted this season.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/15/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week I met with Ray, Sandy, and Marion. I delivered mulch early Friday morning for them to spread later in the day with the whole group.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/13/2016

Shepard (Emeritus)

We continued cleaning up the lot in preparation for mulching and planting next week.

Planting
Planting

07/12/2016

Read Street

This week we laid down topsoil and grass seed in Sandra's yard. We then planted three hostas in front of Lila's house around a tree in the curbstrip.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/12/2016

Orchard Street

This week we finished mulching around the center trees and we began laying down peastone in the picnic table area of the lot.

Planting
Planting

07/09/2016

Bishop St.

This week we planted a Katsura tree in front of Jane and Joel's house with the help of seven neighbors from the block.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/08/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week we worked on weeding, raking, and removing invasives. We also watered the trees that were planted this season.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/06/2016

Shepard (Emeritus)

This week we continued our weeding, pruning, and raking within the lot. We had 11 Explo volunteers come and join us.

Planting
Planting

07/05/2016

Read Street

This week we finished planting at Sandra's house, adding two ninebark and three hostas with the already existing azaleas to the newly created bed. We also laid down compost and grass seed on the outside of the bed to create a more tidy look.

Planting
Planting

07/05/2016

Orchard Street

This week we planted three liriope to fill in spaces along the one of the beds, completed our brick border of the mulched beds, and continued to mulch the areas surrounding the three trees.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/01/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week I met with just Ray early in the morning to drop off mulch for the group to use later that evening at the Norton beds.

Maintenance
Maintenance

07/01/2016

Sherman Parkway

This was the first week working with Common Ground students. We worked on removing weeds and invasives between the two trail entrances. We also watered the three trees planted this season on site.

Planting
Planting

06/30/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

This week we planted 6 new perennials and extended the flower bed we created this summer with more mulch and a brick border. We had 15 children come out and work with us to get everything done.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/29/2016

Shepard (Emeritus)

For our first meeting we began with weeding and raking up leaves.

Planting
Planting

06/28/2016

Read Street

This week we worked on Sandra's yard, whose yard was lead tested and required some remediation. Carol was able to plant two plants in the curb strip as well.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/28/2016

Orchard Street

This week we worked on creating a brick border around the mulched flower beds along the sides of the space.

Planning
Planning

06/24/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week I met with Adam and Dorothea for another round of flyering along W. Division St., Sherman Parkway, and Dixwell Ave.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/23/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

This week we weeded two of the front beds and mulched them.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/22/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week we mulched the beds on Ellsworth.

Planting
Planting

06/21/2016

Read Street

This week we planted 3 perennials in front of Carol's house.

Planting
Planting

06/21/2016

Orchard Street

This week we worked on putting in a brick boarder along the mulch beds on the side of the lot.

Planning
Planning

06/17/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week I met with Adam, Vishaka, Dorothea, Nan, and Bill. We watered the trees and came up with some ideas for the site.

Planting
Planting

06/17/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week we weeded on Ellsworth, and planted an Inkberry and an Azalea bush.

Planting
Planting

06/16/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

This past week we planted 4 perennials, several annuals that the group had and wanted to include, and created a new bed in the back corner of the lot. We had 11 volunteers to do the work and were able to finish it all.

Planting
Planting

06/14/2016

Orchard Street

This week we met in the vacant lot to plant three perennials and mulch the bed on the right side of the lot.

Planting
Planting

06/14/2016

Read Street

For our first work day we planted perennials in front of Aisha and Sandra's house.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/10/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week the group met with Chris to discuss design plans for the Mayor's bed area. After that we stayed and weeded to bed.

Planting
Planting

06/09/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week was our tree planting workshop and it was hosted by Sherman Parkway. We planted a lilac tree, a pin oak, and a hop hornbeam.

Planning
Planning

06/07/2016

Read Street

This was our first meeting and we met to discuss the program and what the group wanted to accomplish for the summer.

Planning
Planning

06/07/2016

Sherman Parkway

Today the five of us walked through the neighborhood handing out flyers to let community members know about the upcoming tree planting on Sherman Parkway to try and generate interest and attendance.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/07/2016

Orchard Street

This week we met to weed the lot and begin laying down mulch on the flower bed on the left side of the space.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/03/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week we met to weed and mulch the beds on Hobart St.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/02/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

We met this week to work on stewardship and the kids pulled weeds while I talked with the adults about their plans for the site and potential plants to bring in.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/01/2016

Sherman Parkway

Today NHS had another independent volunteer event at Sherman Parkway with 50-60 volunteers from Hopkins High School and a local organization call Bike and Build. They continued the work of weeding and mulching down the parkway.

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/31/2016

Sherman Parkway

This was the first of two volunteer days that Neighborhood Housing Services was hosting independently at Sherman Parkway. They had about 30 high school volunteers come out to work on weeding and mulching around the trees. I came to deliver tools for them and help get them started.

Planning
Planning

05/31/2016

Orchard Street

I met with Mrs. Hawkins and we walking along Orchard St. and handed out flyers to each house to notify everyone of a stewardship event next Tuesday.

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/27/2016

East Edge Gardeners

This week we weeded and mulched the beds on Pendleton St.

Planning
Planning

05/26/2016

Truman Street Clean/green Project

I met with the core group of stakeholders on Truman St. We worked on planning what they wanted to accomplish throughout the summer, which included stewardship and adding more perennials and shrubs.

Planning
Planning

05/25/2016

Orchard Street

Planning
Planning

05/24/2016

Sherman Parkway

This week I met with Stephen to learn about the site and discuss ideas for the site.