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Washington Post: Civilian Climate Corps Programs Take Off in States Across the Country

October 14, 2022
The Washington Post explains how states across the country have established programs providing a pathway for young people to work on climate action.

Regardless of the gridlock in Washington, states across the country have already launched similar programs to hire young people to tackle climate issues within their borders. These state programs could eventually provide a powerful model for a Civilian Climate Corps at the federal level, advocates say.


‘States have consistently stepped up to carry the baton forward on climate when the federal government has fallen short,’ said Casey Katims, executive director of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. ‘So states are stepping up to lead, but the administration can still be looking at what they can do.’


From Maine to California, at least eight states have launched versions of Climate Corps programs, many of which are embedded in state governments and receive federal funding from AmeriCorps.

About the Alliance

Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.


Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.