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  • Writer's pictureKaren Young

American Climate Corps reports for duty

Welcome to Team Tuesday!

Happy to report that the first class of American Climate Corps (ACC) workers started the swearing-in process today. 9,000 of these young workers, part-time and full-time, will be at work by the end of the month.

Maggie Thomas, special assistant for climate to President Joe Biden, said, “This is our ability to tackle the climate crisis and for this generation to have agency in their future.”

According to NBC News, via Yahoo News, most of the workers will focus on bolstering local community initiatives, from connecting vulnerable communities to renewable energy grids and helping acquire grant funds to removing potential wildfire hazards from forests.

The corps is expected to eventually include 20,000 young people working in a variety of paid positions through federal, state and local partnerships. The roles are limited, paid employment terms ranging from two months to over a year, funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as money laid out in the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget.

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