Campus Compact Receives AmeriCorps Funding for National Campus Climate Action Corps

Posted by Campus Compact on May 16, 2023

Campus Compact today announced it received over $1M in AmeriCorps State & National funding to expand the Campus Climate Action Corps (CCAC) program nationwide. CCAC aims to build the capacity of campuses and their community partners to create change that leads to increased energy efficiency and improvements for at-risk ecosystems by implementing local solutions for underserved households and communities.

CCAC is built on the foundation laid by Maine Campus Compact’s programs, the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship and Maine Energy AmeriCorps Programs, which ran from 2017-2021.

CCAC programming will be led by Sally Slovenski, executive director of Maine Campus Compact, who will take on the role of CCAC program director. Sally has 11 years of experience working with Campus Compact members in Maine and beyond on sustainability and environmental justice efforts. To support her in this work, Campus Compact is now conducting a nationwide search for a full-time Campus Climate Action Corps Program Manager. The program will additionally hire two program coordinators at a later stage in its development.

CCAC will begin with an initial launch in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast. In these regions, teams of CCAC AmeriCorps Members will host community environmental education events, conduct home energy assessments, including home energy assistance referrals, and implement low-tech home energy interventions to help advance public knowledge and increase motivation to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. CCAC Members will also implement projects in underserved communities that enhance ecosystem health and leverage local volunteers to support CCAC environmental stewardship activities.

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