Sustaining Way selected as host site of American Climate Corps

American Climate Corps initiative lauds more than 2,000 positions available nationwide

As part of historic efforts to combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and build a clean energy economy, Sustaining Way is excited to announce its selection into the American Climate Corps, a landmark initiative launched by President Biden. Sustaining Way is one of two host organizations chosen in South Carolina, welcoming applications from individuals passionate about making our communities more resilient and equitable. Over 2,000 positions are now accepting applications nationwide. 

The American Climate Corps draws inspiration from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps and will mobilize Americans nationwide to engage in conservation, climate resilience, and clean energy projects. Sustaining Way’s sustainable agriculture and food security program is among the wide range of programs tackling climate change. 

“Sustaining Way’s pioneering acceptance into the AmeriCorps Climate Corps, with its focused commitment to environmental justice, embodies a monumental stride in empowering communities and mobilizing forces for the transformative betterment of marginalized communities,” said Sustaining Way Executive Director Michael Brown. “Our involvement signals a beacon of light and action for a sustainable future where every individual has a role in crafting a healthier, equitable planet.”

The American Climate Corps offers members:

• Diverse Opportunities: The focused work areas will help transform our communities through innovative approaches to urban agriculture and energy mitigation programming. Another focus includes implementing renewable energy technology, including agrivoltaics, solar-powered community resiliency centers, and community-controlled food systems for enhanced community health revitalization. 

The specific positions envisioned include community agricultural coordinators, environmental justice community advocates, energy security coordinators, urban agroforestry coordinators, and other site-specific coordinator positions developed for the communities Sustaining Way champions.

• Skill Development: Joining Sustaining Way contributes to vital environmental work and equips participants with valuable skills for future careers in the clean energy and climate-resilience workforce. 

• National Network: Participants will become part of a nationwide effort, collaborating with federal agencies, labor unions, nonprofits and the private sector to address urgent environmental challenges and work towards a sustainable future. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to visit ClimateCorps.gov to learn more about Sustaining Way’s American Climate Corps focus areas and application details. 

About Sustaining Way
Envisioning a world where all neighborhoods, people and nature thrive, Sustaining Way uses education, collaboration and advocacy to create sustainable, caring and equitable communities for current and future generations. Sustaining Way, a 501(c)3 formed in January 2012, is an interfaith non-profit that uses a unique community-based approach to sustainability through our demonstration site, Annie’s House, just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail in the historic Nicholtown community of Greenville, SC.

About American Climate Corps
The American Climate Corps is a historic initiative launched by President Biden to mobilize a new, diverse generation to tackle the climate crisis and advance environmental justice. Through 4 collective actions, hands-on projects, mentorship, and training, the ACC empowers individuals to drive impactful change across communities nationwide while giving ACC members a career pathway to clean energy and climate resilience careers in the private and public sectors. For more information about how to make your mark as part of the American Climate Corps, visit ClimateCorps.gov.

Have questions? Email our Executive Director, Michael Brown, at michael.brown@sustainingway.com. 

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