The Corps Network Applauds Federal Agency Partners on Signing American Climate Corps Memorandum of Understanding
Agreement among seven federal agencies – the Departments of Commerce, the Interior, Agriculture, Labor and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and AmeriCorps – will help facilitate American Climate Corps recruitment, training, and reporting.
WASHINGTON, DC –– The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, celebrates the release today of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) among the federal agencies and departments that have been tasked by the White House with leading the Biden administration’s American Climate Corps (ACC). Among other measures, the agreement – signed by the Departments of Commerce, the Interior, Agriculture, Labor and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and AmeriCorps – creates an ACC Executive Committee tasked with taking actions to implement the ACC, including establishing compensation and service term standards across ACC programs, ensuring the initiative is accessible to all, and building pathways to employment, particularly in communities overburdened with pollution.
Today, the White House also announced a series of virtual listening sessions, beginning in January 2024, to hear directly from prospective ACC members, employers, Service and Conservation Corps, and other ACC stakeholders. More information about the virtual listening sessions can be found here.
“The American Climate Corps announcements today are an important and exciting step towards meeting the Biden administration’s goal to train a diverse generation of climate resilience and clean energy workers,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “We are pleased that our federal partners used this MOU to outline principles for the American Climate Corps that mirror recommendations made by The Corps Network and our member organizations. With our decades of experience, we look forward to working with the ACC Executive Committee to help build a Climate Corps that is commited to creating pathways to employment, engaging Americans from a range of backgrounds, and driving economic opportunity in communities that have historically been left behind. Our network of more than 140 Corps programs across the country is ready to get to work supporting the goals of the ACC.”
President Biden first called for the establishment of a “Civilian Climate Corps” through an executive order issued within his first week of office in 2021. The administration made an announcement in September of this year to officially launch the American Climate Corps. In its first year, the ACC seeks to engage 20,000 young people in “conserving and restoring our lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, deploying clean energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, and advancing environmental justice.” As outlined in today’s announcement, the Administration expects to launch a recruitment portal for prospective applicants in spring 2024, positioning the initiative to enroll the first cohort of American Climate Corps members next summer.
The Corps Network’s membership of nearly 150 Corps programs annually engages more than 22,000 young people in conservation-focused national service and job training. In FY22, these Corpsmembers collectively planted more than 620,000 trees, restored more than 445,000 acres of habitat, and built or restored nearly 12,800 miles of trails.