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WASHINGTON, DC – The White House announced today the creation of the American Climate Corps, a new program offering young people the workforce training and services needed for careers in the clean energy and climate resilience fields.
This new Corps will:
- Offer over 20,000 young Americans a pathway to jobs in clean energy, conservation, and climate resilience in the public and private sector through a paid training program that will teach them the skills through practical application, such as restoring coastal wetlands, managing forests and deploying clean energy;
- Coordinate across six federal agencies – the Department of Labor, the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and AmeriCorps – through a memorandum of understanding;
- Launch a recruitment hub where anyone interested can learn more about and apply to opportunities as a participant or a partner;
- Launch in five states – Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Utah – which will be the implementing partners of the American Climate Corps.
In response, OAK members released the following statements:
“The establishment of an American Climate Corps will bring us closer to meeting our national climate and conservation goals, while ensuring the next generation of leaders are at the forefront of solving our climate crisis,” said Jackie Ostfeld, Founder and Co-Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, and Sierra Club Outdoors for All Campaign Director. “This move by the Biden-Harris Administration will dramatically expand the meaningful work youth conservation corps have been doing for years. Whether they’re planting trees to reduce the urban heat island effect, building living shorelines to mitigate the impact of hurricanes, fighting wildfires or building trails, corps provide young leaders with green jobs and meaningful opportunities to transform the health of our planet, people and economy. As we look to implement the most important environmental laws in history – the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – a reinvigorated, well-coordinated ACC is just what we need to get the job done.”
“On behalf of The Corps Network, I applaud President Biden for delivering on a campaign promise and an Executive Order to establish a national Climate Corps,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “Based on the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, and the nearly 150 Service and Conservation Corps that currently operate in communities across the country, the American Climate Corps (ACC), will provide thousands of diverse young people with opportunities to prepare for good jobs in a clean and sustainable 21st century workforce while at the same time preparing their communities for the impacts of climate change.”
“The Appalachian Mountain Club, the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, supports the Biden Administration’s executive action today,” said Heather Clish, Vice President for Conservation & Recreation Advocacy, Appalachian Mountain Club. “The impacts of climate change are being felt in communities across the country today, so the time is now to mobilize an American Climate Corps to conserve and restore public lands and waters, bolster community resilience, increase reforestation, increase carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protect biodiversity, improve access to recreation, and address the changing climate. As a 21st century accredited Conservation Corps through The Corps Network, AMC has first-hand experience in responding to the expanding need and workforce opportunity in sustaining natural resources, public lands, and local communities in the midst of our climate crisis.”
“The National Recreation and Park Association celebrates this victory for healthier and more climate resilient communities. The launch of this program will help ensure we have the future workforce necessary to protect and preserve the essential infrastructure of parks and open spaces across the United States.”
“We applaud the Biden Administration’s launch of a new American Climate Corps, which propels environmental education beyond the classroom and into the workforce,” said Sarah Bodor, Director of Policy for the North American Association for Environmental Education. “More than 20,000 young people will now have access to technical skill-building in high-demand areas of clean energy, conservation, and community resilience. In a time of rapidly changing environmental conditions, this initiative is a critical piece in connecting environmental and sustainability education with real-world impact and solutions.”
About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK)
OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth, and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct, and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors. OAK brings together more than 100 businesses and organizations to address the growing divide between children, youth, and the outdoors. http://www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org