Author: Trevor Dolan Published: 1/10/2024 Evergreen Collaborative
For years, Evergreen and the climate movement fought tirelessly for a Climate Corps. And last September, the Biden administration took Evergreen’s specific recommendations and delivered.
The American Climate Corps (ACC) is a true game-changer in the fight against the climate crisis. The program will create 20,000 good-paying jobs for young people in the clean energy economy.
Since President Biden’s announcement, nearly 50,000 people from across the U.S. have signed up to learn more about the ACC. Now, the White House is hosting their first virtual listening session on the ACC.
Over the course of four listening sessions, the Biden administration wants to hear your ideas about how to make this program a success, and you can sign up for the first one held tomorrow, Thursday, January 11, 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.
I’m definitely going to be there, and if you join me, you’ll hear from climate champs like Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, learn more about the program, and get to share your ideas on how we can build a successful ACC that delivers for our communities and our climate.
I hope to see you there!
P.S. If you’re not sure where to start or what to say at a listening session, you can see some of our recommendations for how the ACC should prioritize a living wage, enlist corpsmembers from diverse backgrounds, and ensure sustainable funding here.
President Biden is announcing a new initiative to train young people in high-demand skills for jobs in the clean energy economy. The American Climate Corps will put a new generation of Americans to work conserving our lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, advancing environmental justice, deploying clean energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, and tackling climate change. American Climate Corps members will gain the skills necessary to access good-paying jobs that are aligned with high-quality employment opportunities after they complete their paid training or service program.
The Biden-Harris Administration Announces Virtual Listening Sessions
As we gear up for a successful launch of the American Climate Corps, we want to hear directly from you! That’s why we’re hosting virtual listening sessions – to hear your ideas on how to shape this historic initiative. Each listening session will feature a special guest and climate champion like Senator Ed Markey, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi, AmeriCorps CEO Michael Smith, and more.
Sign up for a listening session:
Given the level of anticipated interest, we ask participants to please limit keep comments to under 3 minutes. If you are unable to join us or have more to share, send your thoughts and ideas to: ACC@americorps.gov by January 31, 2024.
Sign up to learn about how you can join the American Climate Corps.
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