The mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles.
Why Did We Start?
Following Earth Day 1990, a wave of environmentally-minded college graduates left academia looking for a way to put their values to work. As is true today, there was no shortage of graduates who were passionate and ready to contribute to the environmental movement, but were faced with a critical challenge: How do you find a position with one of these environmental organizations with minimal experience?
In 1992, U.S. PIRG launched Green Corps as a field school for environmental organizers. This program gave participants a solid academic grounding in their field of choice, provided concrete campaign experience with leading environmental and social change organizations, and even paid participants to enable them to engage full-time in their chosen work.
Where Are We Now?
Fast forward more than two decades: Green Corps has trained and graduated more than 400 organizers who are putting their skills to work with The Wilderness Society, Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environment America, Rainforest Action Network and other groups on issues ranging from saving our national parks to protecting the Arctic, from solving global warming to reforming our food system.
Things To Know When You Apply
Green Corps is part of The Public Interest Network, a unique set of groups that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done — from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.
Throughout The Public Interest Network, we believe that a clear vision, commonsense ideas, a fact-driven case for action, and the power of bringing people together are the necessary ingredients to any successful effort to solve society's problems. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.
How Can You Support Green Corps?
Click here to give directly to Green Corps, or give through your workplace:
EarthShare: EarthShare manages workplace giving campaigns for environmental and conservation charities through automatic deductions. Find out if your employer has a workplace giving campaign that includes EarthShare. EarthShare giving can also be done through the Combined Federal Campaign, United Way Campaigns and campaigns hosted by private companies and state and city governments. Contact your local United Way to see if EarthShare is on their charity list. You can make your contribution to Green Corps by designating #11342 through EarthShare.
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): The CFC is the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign, supported by federal employees and the U.S. military. To give to Green Corps through the CFC, please enter CFC code #11342 on your pledge card.
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