Bring greater consistency and value to recycling and waste reduction in apartment, condo and mobile home communities, including low-income, racially diverse and underserved residents. This position will build on the success of previous AmeriCorps members and will help connect outreach and education with service-level and infrastructure analysis, demographics, and partnership-building, for a more holistic, effective and inclusive approach to community assistance. The Member will develop and implement outreach to targeted communities in Clackamas County (50%).
The successful candidate will be part of a team continuing to implement and expand enhanced outreach and education in our community on the importance of preventing the wasting of food. The Member will build upon existing partnerships with community organizations, as well as identify and establish new relationships that will expand outreach to additional underserved populations (30%).
Green Neighbors increases participants knowledge about environmentally conscious practices through community education, including the annual WasteBusters pledge. There is lots of room for creativity and development of new project concepts using social marketing techniques to encourage behavior change. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org to learn more about our program. This position is contingent on funding.
The Clark County Green Business Program (www.clarkgreenbiz.com) is a voluntary program that provides technical assistance and recognition to businesses taking steps to evaluate their business practices and minimize their environmental footprint. This is an exciting project to learn about how businesses are moving towards sustainability, making positive changes and giving back to the community. The program recognizes environmental efforts in stormwater, hazardous materials, water and wastewater, energy, and waste and recycling. Green Business program also aims to assist businesses in finding ways to eliminate waste and keep material out of the landfill.
Clark County Green Schools works with all local public and private schools in their sustainability efforts. We’re here to raise up environmental leaders and give students tools to implement change in their schools. To combat the large amount of wasted food in schools, this member will serve the community and help in the effort of waste prevention, food recovery and composting with the goal of keeping food out of the landfill. We provide assistance to boost waste reduction education and awareness in schools, providing recycling containers, as needed. Waste reduction offerings include: sustainability outreach, waste audits, free field trips to transfer stations, storytelling assemblies and education lessons and activities. We’re here to assist with food waste composting and recycling in cafeterias, offering education, containers and sort tables. We connect schools to Washington Green Schools, a statewide environmental certification program. Schools can certify in waste and recycling, water, energy, transportation, healthy school buildings and school grounds and gardens.
This AmeriCorps Specialist position will work to support the Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach Master Composter / Recycler (MCR) Program. A key work assignment includes assisting with a 10-session course that explores: backyard composting, vermicomposting, recycling, green cleaning, and sustainable living. The Specialist will also serve with trained MCR volunteers to engage the community through: community events such as fairs, festivals and farmers markets; workshops and lectures; and compost demonstration sites. As part of this position the Specialist will be able to participate in Master Composter / Recycler training, network with sustainable resource organizations and businesses, and become part of an award winning team of Green Programs that provide environmental outreach to the community, businesses, and schools. Note: This position is contingent on funding
Positions start/end date: 10/1/2017 – 8/15/2018
- Contact and offer technical assistance to property managers to inform them of their responsibilities; and provide assistance to multifamily communities (apartments) upon request. Assistance will include working with community organizations, delivering educational materials; providing direct education through community presentations, bag delivery outreach and community events. The member will recruit Master Recycler and other volunteers to help with outreach and education efforts. (60%)
- Table at community events such as Farmers Markets, street fairs and other events. Tabling with education materials including recycling, food waste prevention and other sustainable education (20%)
In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the AmeriCorps member will: A. Encourage food waste prevention at home. As part of the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge campaign, the AmeriCorps member will educate residential audiences about food waste prevention through a series of tactics including, but not limited, to event tabling at farmers markets and other community events, door-to-door canvassing in multifamily communities, movie viewing events and presentations to community groups. (40%) B. Encourage reuse and donation of usable building materials and household goods. In coordination with County staff, the member will connect with reuse stores, identify needs and capacity, develop outreach methods to educate residents, and implement outreach activities. The member will also assist in educating communities throughout the County about the opportunity to host clean-up events that capture as much useable household goods and building materials as possible. (40%)