The Campus Climate Action Corps (CCAC) Project is a Campus Compact initiative that aims to build the capacity of campuses and their community partners to create change that leads to increased energy efficiency and improvements for at-risk ecosystems by implementing local solutions for underserved households and communities.
CCAC will begin with an initial launch in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast. In these regions, teams of CCAC AmeriCorps Members will host community environmental education events, conduct home energy assessments, including home energy assistance referrals, and implement low-tech home energy interventions to help advance public knowledge and increase motivation to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. CCAC Members will also implement projects in underserved communities that enhance ecosystem health and leverage local volunteers to support CCAC environmental stewardship activities.
CCAC is focused on supporting campus/community partnerships that:
- Raise awareness and address urgent climate issues in underserved communities
- Lower energy use and energy costs for low-income households
- Improve at-risk ecosystems in underserved areas
Become a CCAC Host Site
CCAC Host Sites will host small teams of AmeriCorps members to contribute to sustainability efforts on campus and in local communities. This is an incredible opportunity for campuses to initiate or deepen their community engagement efforts and design community-based solutions to your area’s most pressing environmental issues.
For a moderate programmatic fee, your campus can leverage an energized team of AmeriCorps members and unlock access to a national hub of leaders in community engagement and climate change in higher education.
History of CCAC
CCAC is built on the foundation laid by Maine Campus Compact's signature climate justice programs, the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (MPES) and Maine Energy AmeriCorps Programs (MEAP).
These programs ran from 2017-2021 with AmeriCorps members creating positive change for underserved communities throughout Maine. AmeriCorps member's project included conducting basic home energy assessments and building window insulating inserts for low-income households.