Lots to Love in Pittsburgh

There are more than 27,000 vacant lots in the Pittsburgh area. At Grounded, we believe that each vacant lot is an opportunity--to have a conversation with a neighbor, to build a garden, to encourage creativity, to connect to something bigger, and to grow a community. But we need people like you to help turn those opportunities into realities.

ReClaim Ambassador Program

The Ambassador model has been core to Grounded's programming and mission. This model employs residents from neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, educates them on topics ranging from site access to green infrastructure, then provides seed funding for them to implement their own vacant lot greening project.

Tedx Pittsburgh 2015

Distributed problems require distributed solutions. Grounded CEO Andrew Butcher explains why vacant city lots may not stand a chance against the burrito-based economy.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Two Wheels Lots of Green

On August 11, 2012, GTECH hosted more than 50 bikers on a tour of GTECH's vacant land project sites in East Liberty, Homewood, Larimer, Wilkinsburg and Millvale. Through a grant provided by the German Marshall Fund, GTECH was able to produce videos highlighting the transformation of vacant spaces to vibrant places as well as highlight the community development work of residents and organizations that made the projects possible.


GTECH Strategies in Pittsburgh's Green Economy

Video by Green for All