Green City Force
Through this grant, Green City Force (GCF) will engage 80 AmeriCorps (AC) members per year, low-income young adults recruited in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), to serve, learn and train for employment and college enrollment. Through their service in our Clean Energy Corps, they will improve energy efficiency in buildings to benefit low-income communities in two ways. First, they will clean, prep and coat rooftops white to reduce energy usage in summer months in buildings housing not-for-profits or community services. Second, they will perform energy reduction audits, as part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) EmPower program, to educate tenants on how to reduce their environmental impact and save money on utility bills by lowering their electricity usage, and install low-cost measures, like CFLs, to improve energy efficiency. The service will occur in low-income neighborhoods throughout NYC as defined by 60% State Median Income as part of EmPower. There will be 40 Corps Members (CMs) per 6-month cohort, using 80 part-time slots per year. At the end of each cohort, CMs will have performed 1000 audits and coated 500,000 sq. ft. of rooftops (depending upon the time of year), resulting in reduced electricity usage, reduced CO2 emissions, and saved money for low-income families through reduced utility bills. By graduation, 100% of CMs will have received job readiness, eco-literacy, transferable skills training and intensive service-learning; within 3 months of graduation, 24 CMs (75% of graduates) per cohort will be placed in employment or college. This project is in the CNCS focus areas "Economic Opportunity" and the "Environment". The CNCS investment of $500,000 will be matched with $985,000 per year. The project period is between October 2012 and October 2015.