The potentially devastating effects of climate change are a huge challenge that will only continue to grow more pressing. With the expected rise in global temperatures and subsequent changes in environmental conditions, a range of natural and humanitarian disasters are possible. Through a variety of service projects and programs, Corps do their part to combat climate change, respond to disasters, and promote community resiliency.
Energy and Water Efficiency
Many Corps operate programs through which Corpsmembers conduct energy audits and install energy and water-saving retrofits in low-income households and schools. It’s a win-win-win: homeowners experience lower utility bills and save money; Corpsmembers gain experience and industry-recognized credentials in home efficiency; and communities see less pollution and waste.
Disaster Preparedness & Disaster Response
Some of the conservation efforts of Corps are important for disaster preparedness; for example, brush and invasive species removal reduces wild fire fuel, and planting trees and stabilizing stream banks helps prevent erosion during floods and storms.
When disaster strikes, Corps respond. Technical training Corpsmembers receive, as well as their ability to travel with their own gear and safety equipment, makes Corps excellent responders when disasters occur and a cost-effective solution to meeting important recovery needs. Corps fight wild fires, muck-out homes affected by floods and storms, clean debris, and remove damaged trees. They are also often involved in managing shelters and distributing relief supplies. Major partners of The Corps Network in these efforts include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps).
Many Corps train Corpsmembers in construction-related trades. In addition to classroom shop training, Corpsmembers often get hands-on experience building and improving homes, many of which are designed to be energy efficient. A major partner of The Corps Network is YouthBuild USA; a national organization that helps low-income young adults earn their GEDs or high school diplomas while building affordable housing in their communities. Many of our member Corps operate local YouthBuild programs.