Green City Force’s Flagship Program: The Service Corps

Service Corps Members compare incandescent light bulbs and CFLs as part of the Love Where You Live Challenge.

Green City Force’s (GCF) Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program based in New York City, combines national service and workforce development to lower energy consumption while providing urban young people with training and leadership opportunities related to greening the economy. Download GCF’s graduation booklet to read Corps Member testimonials, service highlights and accomplishments of our Eighth Service Corps.

AmeriCorps members learn about the fields of energy efficiency, weatherization and urban agriculture up close, through serving the community. They contribute to reducing green-house gas emissions by improving energy efficiency in low-income homes and raising awareness about energy conservation. Corps members engage in a variety of activities, from painting reflective white roofs, to testing indoor air quality and performing community outreach.

Corps Members receive training throughout the program through Green City Academy. Green City Academy provides corps members with a solid grounding in eco-literacy; job readiness; and technical training focused on preparing for certification as weatherization technicians, but also covering eco-entrepreneurship. Corps Members are exposed to a diversity of career paths related to greening the economy through our unique partnership with Community Environmental Center .

GCF’s Service Corps is a rigorous experience that  requires a full-time commitment from participants. Learn more about the major elements of GCF’s Service Corps program, Green Service and Green Jobs Training, before applying to the Corps here.

Ray & Terrell

Corps Members Reinarldo and Terrell move soil to create garden beds during the build-out of the Red Hook NYCHA Farm in spring 2013.


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