Reuse Alliance, Inc.
This first year of the Reuse Alliance's AmeriCorps Program will begin on August 1, 2012 and will result in the placement of ten AmeriCorps members (placements to begin on October 1, 2012) in ten states. AmeriCorps members will be hosted at reuse organizations within each of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ten regions. Each AmeriCorps member will work on four core projects. The first project will be variable in order to address the unique needs of their host community and state; and the second, third and fourth projects will be common and/or standardized, to ensure the local, state, and national needs are met in an effective manner. More specifically, the second project will include a public reuse event that diverts materials from the landfill; the third project will include a data collection system for each partner agency that captures data pertaining to social, environmental, and economic benefits of reuse; and the fourth project will result in ten statewide surveys that captures similar baseline data for each state. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to increase awareness of reuse, divert materials from the landfill, and to create a common language and methodology for measuring the triple bottom line impacts of reuse. We also expect the AmeriCorps members will strengthen the local organization's capacity to serve its community through their unique, value-added projects. The CNCS investment of $127,500 will be matched with a projected match of $147,500.