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Environmental Stewardship

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) partners with community organizations and the national service network to mobilize citizens and volunteers to promote environmental stewardship. Through national service, we can train our youth, unemployed and underemployed citizens to conservation and “green” jobs, reconnect Americans to the outdoors, build an ethics of environmental stewardship, and support successful science-based conservation strategies.

It is our hope to use service to increase energy and water efficiency, increase renewable energy use, improve at-risk ecosystems, and support positive environmental behavioral changes, particularly for economically disadvantaged households and communities.

We prioritize funding and support projects engaged in:

  • construction or physical improvements related to energy and water performance in economically disadvantaged communities,
  • direct, sustained recycling and waste treatment activities,
  • improvements of at-risk public lands or waterways (beyond general cleanup),
  • creating awareness among economically disadvantaged communities of personal actions to benefit energy and water conservation/efficiency and solid waste recycling, and
  • formal and informal green job training for economically disadvantaged people.

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