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Last month, as part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary, we highlighted the many ways AmeriCorps helps the earth.  Building on a long tradition of conservation service, today’s AmeriCorps is focused on 21st century environmental challenges.  Whether improving parks and public lands, restoring waterways, or teaching conservation, AmeriCorps members make a positive and lasting impact on our environment.   As they improve the environment, they also advance economic opportunity – by reducing energy costs, promoting renewable energy, and training young people and veterans for the green jobs of the future.  Learn more about AmeriCorps’ positive impact on the environment by reviewing our 20 Ways AmeriCorps Helps the Earth blog series.

Last month, as part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary, we highlighted the many ways AmeriCorps helps the earth.  Building on a long tradition of conservation service, today’s AmeriCorps is focused on 21st century environmental challenges.  Whether improving parks and public lands, restoring waterways, or teaching conservation, AmeriCorps members make a positive and lasting impact on our environment.   As they improve the environment, they also advance economic opportunity – by reducing energy costs, promoting renewable energy, and training young people and veterans for the green jobs of the future.  Learn more about AmeriCorps’ positive impact on the environment by reviewing our 20 Ways AmeriCorps Helps the Earth blog series.

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The Detroit Youth Energy Squad AmeriCorps Program empowers young people and volunteers to make homes, schools, and neighborhoods more sustainable. AmeriCorps members have provided intensive environmental leadership training for more than 250 high school students, engaged 535 K-8 students in hands-on energy-saving projects, and provided energy education and weatherization to more than 3,000 low-income Detroit households.  In addition, 18 full-time AmeriCorps members serve in 63 Detroit Public Schools operating the Go Green Challenge, which aims to improve student academic achievement, reduce utility costs, and benefit parents and community members.  AmeriCorps members and student crews have completed 127 projects and saved Detroit Public Schools $395,000 in utility costs. 

The Detroit Youth Energy Squad AmeriCorps Program empowers young people and volunteers to make homes, schools, and neighborhoods more sustainable. AmeriCorps members have provided intensive environmental leadership training for more than 250 high school students, engaged 535 K-8 students in hands-on energy-saving projects, and provided energy education and weatherization to more than 3,000 low-income Detroit households.  In addition, 18 full-time AmeriCorps members serve in 63 Detroit Public Schools operating the Go Green Challenge, which aims to improve student academic achievement, reduce utility costs, and benefit parents and community members.  AmeriCorps members and student crews have completed 127 projects and saved Detroit Public Schools $395,000 in utility costs. 

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Anton Muller, a GRID Alternatives AmeriCorps member, helps a team of volunteers install a solar electric system for a low-income homeowner in California. GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer, and has scaled from a local to a national organization with support from AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. GRID has installed solar for over 4,200 low-income families while providing over 16,000 people with hands-on training and job experience in the growing solar industry.

Anton Muller, a GRID Alternatives AmeriCorps member, helps a team of volunteers install a solar electric system for a low-income homeowner in California. GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer, and has scaled from a local to a national organization with support from AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. GRID has installed solar for over 4,200 low-income families while providing over 16,000 people with hands-on training and job experience in the growing solar industry.

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AmeriCorps NCCC members construct a 600-foot fence to improve visitor safety and access at Coolidge State Park in Vermont.  The team used construction techniques similar to those used by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.   Across the country, AmeriCorps members construct and repair park buildings on federal, state, and local lands, making parks more accessible and enjoyable.  Outdoor recreation increases American’s connection to nature, promotes health, and stimulates economic activity in rural areas.

AmeriCorps NCCC members construct a 600-foot fence to improve visitor safety and access at Coolidge State Park in Vermont.  The team used construction techniques similar to those used by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.   Across the country, AmeriCorps members construct and repair park buildings on federal, state, and local lands, making parks more accessible and enjoyable.  Outdoor recreation increases American’s connection to nature, promotes health, and stimulates economic activity in rural areas.

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AmeriCorps NCCC team members build a Habitat for Humanity house in Bay St. Louis, MS. Begun in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland has engaged hundreds of AmeriCorps members and 5,000 volunteers to build more than 155 homes.  The affiliate has emphasized green construction, building the first house in Mississippi to receive a LEED Platinum green building certification, the highest level conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council.  One of Bay-Waveland Habitat’s houses was awarded the 2011 Green Affordable Project of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.  AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity, YouthBuild, and other organizations are helping build sustainable homes that conserve resources and reduce energy costs for homeowners.  

AmeriCorps NCCC team members build a Habitat for Humanity house in Bay St. Louis, MS. Begun in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland has engaged hundreds of AmeriCorps members and 5,000 volunteers to build more than 155 homes.  The affiliate has emphasized green construction, building the first house in Mississippi to receive a LEED Platinum green building certification, the highest level conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council.  One of Bay-Waveland Habitat’s houses was awarded the 2011 Green Affordable Project of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.  AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity, YouthBuild, and other organizations are helping build sustainable homes that conserve resources and reduce energy costs for homeowners.  

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AmeriCorps members serving with Green City Force paint “cool roofs” on a New York City high-rise. By reflecting sunlight instead of absorbing it, cool roofs lower a building’s temperature and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the building, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  AmeriCorps members with Green City Force carry out other projects to improve energy efficiency in New York City while receiving training and experience that leads to green jobs. 

AmeriCorps members serving with Green City Force paint “cool roofs” on a New York City high-rise. By reflecting sunlight instead of absorbing it, cool roofs lower a building’s temperature and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the building, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  AmeriCorps members with Green City Force carry out other projects to improve energy efficiency in New York City while receiving training and experience that leads to green jobs. 

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Brandon Gibbs, a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member, caulks the edges of a window frame in a home he is weatherizing in Dubuque, Iowa. Green Iowa AmeriCorps members help make Iowans more energy efficient through low impact home weatherization, energy education, and community outreach.  In 2011, Green Iowa AmeriCorps members weatherized 365 homes, offered energy efficiency advice to 23,000 households, and recruited 7,400 community volunteers.  
Photo by Jeremy Portje, Telegraph Herald

Brandon Gibbs, a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member, caulks the edges of a window frame in a home he is weatherizing in Dubuque, Iowa. Green Iowa AmeriCorps members help make Iowans more energy efficient through low impact home weatherization, energy education, and community outreach.  In 2011, Green Iowa AmeriCorps members weatherized 365 homes, offered energy efficiency advice to 23,000 households, and recruited 7,400 community volunteers. 

Photo by Jeremy Portje, Telegraph Herald

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Are You Ready to #GetThingsDone?

In 1994, AmeriCorps started helping communities across America. Twenty years later, more than 830,000 people have served more than one billion hours to strengthen the nation.

Five years ago, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act made it possible for even more Americans to get things done.

Now it’s your turn.

Do you want to help a kid succeed in school? Or protect a national forest? Or help a family rebuild their home after a devastating disaster?

When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideals, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn money for education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills.

Share our brand-new PSA on Facebook, RT from Twitter and like on Instagram with your friends, family, and anyone else who is ready to #GetThingsDone.

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AmeriCorps NCCC members help disabled youth learn rock climbing at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado. AmeriCorps connects Americans to the outdoors through environmental education, green service projects, and making trails and parks more accessible to people with disabilities.

AmeriCorps NCCC members help disabled youth learn rock climbing at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado. AmeriCorps connects Americans to the outdoors through environmental education, green service projects, and making trails and parks more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Two AmeriCorps members discover a small turtle while working to clear man-made debris from a local pond. Mitigating human impact on the natural environment plays a big role in protecting wildlife habitats. By removing trash and other man-made debris from the pond, AmeriCorps Cape Cod members are able to restore the habitat to its original state and improve the water quality for animals who live in it.

Two AmeriCorps members discover a small turtle while working to clear man-made debris from a local pond. Mitigating human impact on the natural environment plays a big role in protecting wildlife habitats. By removing trash and other man-made debris from the pond, AmeriCorps Cape Cod members are able to restore the habitat to its original state and improve the water quality for animals who live in it.

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AmeriCorps Cape Cod members Victoria Brisson and Adam Hansen help move oysters to the Little River in Mashpee, where the oysters will be able to grow freely. Shellfish such as these are vital to maintaining clean waterways on Cape Cod, which improves water quality for residents in the town by reducing nitrogen levels. In addition to shellfish propagation projects, AmeriCorps is helping conduct the first multi-year shellfish population survey on Cape Cod, in the town of Chatham.

AmeriCorps Cape Cod members Victoria Brisson and Adam Hansen help move oysters to the Little River in Mashpee, where the oysters will be able to grow freely. Shellfish such as these are vital to maintaining clean waterways on Cape Cod, which improves water quality for residents in the town by reducing nitrogen levels. In addition to shellfish propagation projects, AmeriCorps is helping conduct the first multi-year shellfish population survey on Cape Cod, in the town of Chatham.

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AmeriCorps NCCC member Zachary Joyce and TL Ryan Drysdale plant a palm tree into a desert garden at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area in Imperial, California. Last year AmeriCorps NCCC members planted more than 329,000 new trees across the country.

AmeriCorps NCCC member Zachary Joyce and TL Ryan Drysdale plant a palm tree into a desert garden at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area in Imperial, California. Last year AmeriCorps NCCC members planted more than 329,000 new trees across the country.

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