Launching a Successful Civilian Climate Corps

to Build Career Pathways and Resilient Urban Communities.

This paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices.

As momentum gathers in Washington to establish a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC), this paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices. Advancing these interdependent goals will create physical, economic, and social resilience while building more just, resilient, and sustainable communities across America. This paper describes how this can be done relatively quickly, by building off the AmeriCorps program, and provides recommendations that apply to a fully developed CCC. Key recommendations include 1) funding the full cost of corpsmembers and building on the expertise of organizations experienced with the range of activities required for successful corps programs; 2) planning intentional career pathways for corpsmembers; and 3) forming partnerships around corps organizations to fund, design, plan, implement and evaluate visible and impactful projects. The paper concludes with case studies of existing programs that highlight the challenges and opportunities of a CCC.

 

Webinars on YouTube that you might like

Managing Winter Trails: Increasing Opportunities and Adapting to Climate Change

Nov 15, 2018

The webinar will be centered around groomed winter trails for XC skiers, but will also address the importance of providing opportunities for snowshoeing, fatbiking, winter hiking, and winter trail running.

More resources in this category

Trails as Resilient Infrastructure

posted Dec 19, 2023

This guidebook demonstrates how trails are part of resilient transportation infrastructure, how trails can be planned and designed to be resilient and sustainable, and how trails have a role in emergency planning and response.

ON FIRE: The Report of the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission

posted Oct 2, 2023

The wildfire crisis in the United States is urgent, severe, and far reaching. Wildfire is no longer simply a land management problem, nor is it isolated to certain regions or geographies. Across this nation, increasingly destructive wildfires are posing ever-greater threats to human lives, livelihoods, and public safety.

Why Trails Matter: Resilience to Wildfire

posted Aug 9, 2023

Trails connect suburban and rural communities to wild places, and they can play an important role in landscape resilience, as wildfire becomes more frequent in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) where homes are increasingly being built.

Trails and Resilience: Review of the Role of Trails in Climate Resilience and Emergency Response

posted Apr 12, 2023

Trails are often overlooked as elements of essential infrastructure for a resilient transportation system.1 In emergencies where other transportation facilities are shut down or inaccessible, people may use trails to get where they need to go.


357 views • posted 09/23/2021