Campus Compact is excited to announce that nine campuses across six states will serve as inaugural host sites for the Campus Climate Action Corps (CCAC) program. CCAC is a new AmeriCorps program from Campus Compact focused on building the capacity of campuses and their community partners to affect behavioral and technical change leading to energy efficiency and improved at-risk ecosystems by implementing local solutions for underserved households and communities.
Each campus will create climate action plans to guide their work on the critical and urgent work of preventing climate change by raising public awareness and reducing carbon emissions through ecosystem health and energy efficiency projects. As host sites, they will support teams of 3-6 CCAC AmeriCorps members placed on their campuses to host community environmental education events to help advance public knowledge and increase motivation to conserve energy, conduct basic home energy assessments, including home energy assistance referrals, and implement low-tech home energy interventions to reduce costs and carbon emissions for low-income households.
Inaugural host sites:
- Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, CT)
- Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH)
- College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME)
- Lasell University (Newton, MA)
- Middlesex Community College (Bedford, MA)
- St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)
- Stetson University (DeLand, FL)
- Southern Maine Community College (Portland, ME)
- University of Maine (Orono, ME)
“We are delighted to be launching the Campus Climate Action Corps AmeriCorps Program with such a diverse and dedicated group of host sites,” said Sally Slovenski, CCAC Program Director. “Climate change is an existential crisis facing our planet. To lessen the impacts of climate change and reduce human-induced carbon emissions, we need to do everything we can to mobilize higher education institutions as an important part of the solution. By leveraging the resources and expertise of higher education, there is huge potential to make a measurable impact on climate change.”
For other campuses interested in getting involved in this program, we are actively recruiting colleges and university partners to serve as future host sites. Learn more at compact.org/ccac.