Communities know best what solutions are most beneficial because they are closest to understanding the issues. Tom Mulholland, believes that powerful solutions must be rooted in and informed by the community, and this is how he leads his work as the senior project manager at Grounded Strategies. Tom partners with community members to reclaim, restore, and revive neighborhood vacant lots in Pittsburgh. With the community's input and planning, vacant and abandoned lots become gardens, playgrounds, and gathering spaces. Restoring vacant land not only brings beauty to the places we live but is simultaneously addressing climate change by creating land sinks that help pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Tom also shares that his natural interests in creativity and curiosity have been superpowers in his career, enabling him to more deeply listen, co-design. and create something out of nothing with the help of many hands.
— Tuesday, March 22, 2022