Green Cities

SCA’s Green Cities Sustainability Corps was developed in 2008 to assist Pittsburgh in the creation and implementation of local climate action plans. Members of the Green Cities Corps engage in projects with local government, nonprofit organizations, community groups, neighborhoods, and businesses to mitigate climate change and increase sustainability initiatives.

The Green Cities Sustainability Corps provides ten-month internships in Pittsburgh, PA. Members bring skills from a range of disciplines to implement hands-on sustainability projects that bring capacity to Pittsburgh partner agencies. Position areas include energy tracking, carbon audits, waste audits, public outreach, urban planning, and supply chain assessment.

Members of the Green Cities Sustainability Corps engage with thousands of citizens throughout the Pittsburgh region each year via hands-on projects, trainings, presentations, service projects, and educational programming. Members gain meaningful professional experience and exposure to sustainability professionals across government, nonprofit, and business sectors throughout Pittsburgh and nationally.

Members receive monthly living stipends and are responsible for finding housing near their individual work sites. Although the Green Cities Sustainability program is not a residential corps, members come together for group trainings each month and regular corps-wide service projects.

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Residential, Urban, and Rural Sustainability
  • Civic Leadership
  • Carbon Audits
  • Climate Science
  • Facilitating Charrettes
  • Bike Safety
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have an undergraduate degree, and pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.

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