SCA Green Cities Corps Program Summary SCA’s Green Cities Corps was developed in 2008 to assist cities like Pittsburgh in the creation and implementation of local climate action plans. Members of the Green Cities Corps engage in projects with local government and non-profit agencies to mitigate climate change and increase sustainability.
For the first five years of the program, SCA Green Cities Fellows have worked full time from March through mid-December following SCA training in February. Fellows have an undergraduate degree, are at least 21, have a strong understanding of sustainability and project management experience, and bring skills specific to our partner organizations’ projects.
The SCA Green Cities Corps goals are to:
1. Develop and implement local climate action plans;
2. Provide capacity to agencies implementing sustainability through local action, and
3. Prepare young professionals for green jobs in urban sustainability through extensive training and hands-on project experience.
Partners provide match funding for about half of the direct costs of their SCA Fellow as well as hands-on training for the crew. Partner supervisors mentor their SCA Fellow’s professional development and project successes, starting from a strong work plan that outlines sustainability goals and impacts.
SCA provides philanthropic funding partnerships, intern recruitment and hands-on training, professional development resources, AmeriCorps Education Awards, administrative program support, liability coverage and personal accident insurance, risk management and 24/7 emergency response, and continual project and program evaluation to develop successful impacts with our partners.