Energy and the Environment

Youth Volunteering in Golden Gate National Park

“Number 3, number 3 number 2, number 2 number 9, number 9 number number 9, number 9 number 5!” The Student Conservation Association (SCA) youth crew chants out their rhythm game to warm up before hiking into National Park Service land to perform trail work at the Phleger Estate.

“Who has the first aid kit?” SCA crew leader Katrina Ellis shouts as the seven members grab their loaded backpacks for the day. Despite the early morning hour, these local teenage youth are ready to get started.

Department of Commerce Green Team

The US Department of Commerce is answering the President's call to service through an all-volunteer "Green Team" at our headquarters building in Washington, DC.

The Team is comprised 134 volunteers with representatives from the Office of the Secretary and all seven Operating Units located at, or nearby, the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB).

The purpose of the HCHB Green Team is to promote energy awareness and environmental stewardship throughout the Department of Commerce through efforts in the HCHB.

Reusable Grocery Bags

 After looking at the seven bundles of plastic grocery bags stuck in my pantry closet, a vision of mother Earth filled with these plastic trash, actually made me nauseous. Next few days I surfed internet to know the gravity of the plastic trash in our landfills and I must say that was a rude awakening. I decided since I can't throw away things from my toothbrush to computers, to microwave or deck furniture; one thing I sure can do is to use reusable grocery bags to reduce the toxic trash.

Cleaning up Acid Mine Drainage in Pennsylvania Rivers

This was the first I’d even heard of a Duck Drop Race, so I was intrigued and wanted to participate. It was a chance to bring together community youth, families, the Chamber of Commerce who started the event, and the community watershed organization with which I work: the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance (SCRA).

Sierra Club Cool Cities Program

This summer, Sierra Club’s Cool Cities program launched its Home Energy Ambassador Training program in partnership with United We Serve.

Volunteers in more than 35 states have been trained to take common sense and low cost energy efficiency ideas into their community to spread the word about lowering energy bills and carbon footprints.

National Public Lands Day

As a communications instructor at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn., I am always looking for new ways to reinvent my communication courses for first and second-year students. In September 2008, I took 10 students to National Public Lands Day at our local state park, Bledsoe Creek State Park.

Intel Techies Build “Critter Cam” to Enhance Environmental Education at Nature Center

At Intel, we strive to be an asset to our communities around the world. Under the Intel Involved Skills Based Volunteer program, employees are encouraged to use their professional skills to make a sustainable impact in their communities. One example is a team of volunteers from Intel IT in Massachusetts, who are assisting Massachusetts Audubon’s Drumlin Farm to identify, support, and implement a robust technology solution for use in a nature center setting.

Volunteer Home Weatherization

As part of United We Serve’s Energy and Enviornment Week, the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) in Pennsyvania conducted a two-week volunteer initiative. Volunteers came from across the country to make minor home repairs, renovations, and weatherization. Over 200 youth volunteers performed 6,750 hours of work on 33 homes the first week.

Recycling Cell Phones to Help the Community

Every year in America, over 100 million new cell phones are sold at stores and malls. Of theses sales, 95% sales are going to consumers that already have a phone. What do you do with your old phone?

Worldwide Youth Joined New York City Community Members for Park Repair

World-wide youth joined New York City community members for invasive weeding and park repair. On Saturday, July 18, volunteers from Goldman Sachs and more than 130 volunteers from The UN Foundation’s second annual Youth Leadership Summit gathered to assist the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with the reparation of northern Manhattan’s 119-acre Highbridge Park.

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