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CORPS MEMBERS WILL:

  • Provide meaningful capacity support for aligned climate projects in government and nonprofit organizations across the state

  • Serve as ambassadors of federal and state resources and be available to support partner organizations' climate efforts

  • Participate in fellowship building and training, as well as professional experiences to develop their skills for the long haul

MEMBER BENEFITS:

MHC Corps members receive several benefits by participating in and finishing our program. Some benefits stem from being part of the AmeriCorps program and others because they are members of the MHC Corps program, specifically. 

Explore Current Positions

Below you will find all currently approved placement opportunities.  Each opportunity includes title, organization, and location upfront. If you click "details" you can see more information about the role and the activities planned for that placement. You can download the full position description to see more information not included below.
 

MI Green Communities Coordinator

Antrim Conservation District Bellaire The Antrim Conservation District serves private and public landowners, residents, and visitors with conservation needs since 1944. Our water quality, forestry, soil erosion, invasive species, and education and outreach programs support our long-term mission of caring for the woods, water, and wildlife and promoting sustainability and resiliency in our communities. Our county is about 25% water and healthy water quality is the number one goal for us, however we see this position as one that can be an ambassador regarding climate action as a whole. We conduct several education and outreach events each year, but a Corps member’s support would increase capacity to ensure they are even more in line with Michigan's Climate Action Plan, which is important to us. Like all conservation districts, we need more human power to help us achieve our critical conservation goals. Our member will: ● Coordinate tasks to make Antrim County a MI Green Community. ● Develop print and digital program literature for conservation district education. ● Present education and outreach events. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Building Data Analyst

Detroit 2030 District Detroit The Detroit 2030 District is a nonprofit in Detroit supporting building owners and managers in reducing carbon emissions from buildings and transportation. We are part of a national network of 24 districts in major cities across the U.S. In Detroit, we have nearly 500 buildings that account for 62 million square feet of commercial and multifamily building space participating in the voluntary energy benchmarking program that we administer. We partner with the utility companies to improve utility data accessibility for building owners and managers. We run the Detroit Energy Challenge through a partnership with the City of Detroit and Michigan Battle of the Buildings. The annual Detroit Energy Challenge Awards Ceremony in June recognizes buildings in Detroit that are making energy improvements to their buildings. When Detroit’s buildings are energy efficient, owners and tenants will save money, businesses will reduce operating costs, and greenhouse gas emissions that threaten our air and climate will be reduced - which in turn, help spur economic development and benefit the health of all Detroiters. Our member will: ● Work with City of Detroit's Office of Sustainability team to achieve 100% compliance for buildings required to report energy and water consumption data in the first year of the benchmarking ordinance. ● Build awareness around the benchmarking ordinance through outreach and community engagement efforts. ● Work directly with building owners/managers to enter their properties and 2023 energy and water data (or help them opt-in to the utility's automated solution). ● Develop a plan to support smaller building owner/managers that will be required to comply in June 2025. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Restoration Ecology Fellow

Calvin University, Plaster Creek Stewards Grand Rapids Plaster Creek Stewards is restoring the relationship between people and the environment by providing opportunities for watershed residents to share in the story of returning health and beauty to Plaster Creek. An initiative of Calvin University, our approach includes community partnerships, relevant research, place-based education, and enduring restoration projects. Our member will: ● Work alongside staff to propagate Michigan native plants and trees ● Plan and lead tree plantings with education for volunteers ● Assist with logistics and implementation of green stormwater infrastructure (rain gardens and native plantings) ● Assist with education/action events with school and volunteer groups ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

MI Healthy Climate Corps Project Coordinator

City of Detroit The City of Detroit Office of Sustainability is a government agency dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability within the city. It develops and implements initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy efficiency, and improve the overall quality of life for Detroit residents. Through collaboration with community organizations and local businesses, the office strives to create a more sustainable and resilient future for the Motor City. Our member will: ● Help to foster the implementation of Detroit's municipal energy consumption shift to renewable energy, linking the conversion of blighted areas into solar arrays across neighborhoods, through meaningful community engagement. ● Work closely with neighborhoods to ensure they receive and utilize the community benefits ($25,000 per acre) derived from the solar project, with options for energy efficiency upgrades. ● Act as a liaison between the City, Department of Neighborhoods, and residents, by facilitating community engagement activities, attending evening meetings, and ensuring effective communication throughout the project. ● Shepherd community engagement from project introduction to the fall of 2024, ensuring successful tracking of conversations, fostering understanding, and preparing for energy efficiency upgrades. ● Contribute to the City's commitment to racial equity by embedding it into decision-making processes, participating in community engagement, and addressing concerns to ensure an equitable deployment of renewable energy initiatives. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Renewable Energy Planner

City of East Lansing East Lansing The City of East Lansing, home to Michigan State University, is a diverse and vibrant university town of 50,000 people and is committed to becoming a fully inclusive anti-racist place to live, work, visit and do business. We believe an organization functions at its highest ability when a shared culture that promotes accepting, respecting, and valuing differences that include attributes such as age, income, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, language, family circumstances and cultural backgrounds is fostered. Long a leader in municipal sustainability, the City's recent achievements include an award-winning community solar park (mid-Michigan's first!), halving the Water Resource Recovery Facility's electric consumption through recovery and use of wastewater biogas, and the planning of a 485kW solar array at the Department of Public Works facility. The City is committed to climate mitigation, as evidenced by its participation in the UofM Graham Institute Catalyst Leadership Circle, Gold certification by the MML's Green Community Challenge, SolSmart Gold designation, and implementation of a community-led Climate Sustainability Plan since 2012. Climate adaptation is also a priority, and over the next three years, the City will perform advanced modeling of its stormwater infrastructure and calibrate it to future climate scenarios as part of a Wet-Weather Resiliency Master Planning project. City leadership, staff, and residents are united in their commitment to making East Lansing a livable, sustainable, and inclusive community. Our member will: ● Determine initial solar potential at 50+ city-owned buildings and lots utilizing solar assessment tools. ● Use the City's utility billing portal to understand current electricity usage at each property. ● Develop a short list of municipal properties with the best solar/pay-back opportunities (estimate the best "bang for buck" projects). ● Develop report/list that illustrates the potential energy off-set (and utility bill off-set) of solar installation at each municipal property. ● Make recommendations to the City on where deeper solar analysis, and eventual projects, should be prioritized. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Community Sustainability Liaison

City of Kalamazoo Kalamazoo The City of Kalamazoo provides essential services to over seventy-two thousand people and is driving sustainable change in southwest Michigan. With the passing of our community sustainability plan in 2019, we aim to lead the charge towards net zero carbon emissions in Kalamazoo County. Working with the residents of our city, we'll craft a better future for all. Our member will: ● Assist residents in navigating the Inflation Reduction Act and related programs. ● Collaborate with residents of Kalamazoo to create a better future through decarbonization. ● Educate residents on the personal and global benefits of energy efficiency. ● Collect data that will guide future sustainability programs in the City of Kalamazoo. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Sustainability Project Coordinator

City of Lansing Lansing The City of Lansing Sustainability Staff spearheads the development and implementation of the city's Sustainability Action Plan. Tasked with overseeing various departments, they provide expertise in waste management, green infrastructure, and sustainable policies. Engaging in community outreach and educational initiatives, the team fosters partnerships and encourages environmentally responsible practices. Their role is pivotal in driving positive change towards a more resilient and eco-friendly urban environment in Lansing. Our member will: ● Support Sustainability Initiatives: Lead implementation of key projects: Healthy Lawn and Garden, Organic Waste Pilot, and Grow Lansing community garden program. ● Effective Project Management: Employ project management skills for coordinated execution, collaborating with City of Lansing staff across related departments. ● Champion Community Engagement: Drive community engagement through outreach and forums, fostering collaboration with local agencies and residents for heightened environmental awareness and lasting impact. ● Environmental Justice Prioritization: Prioritize environmental justice in project execution, ensuring equitable access and incorporating tailored strategies to address specific needs in at-risk communities. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Green-Ready Workforce Project Manager

City of River Rouge, Community Development Department River Rouge The City of River Rouge is the Heart of Industry. Located at the intersection of the Detroit and Rouge Rivers, the city is a historical manufacturing suburb of Detroit with 7,500 people. River Rouge is famous as the home of US Steel, Zug Island, and the DTE Power Plant, but today the city is also known for its civic events, waterfront park, and tight-knit community. The City is working diligently to re-invent River Rouge as the heart of green industry to improve the health and economic outcomes for residents, and support community wellbeing overall. Our member will: ● Directly engage with workforce training schools, non-profits, and programs around the Detroit/downriver area, plus green industry employers. ● Work with River Rouge High School to market green trades jobs to soon-to-be graduates. ● Research green industry training best-practices. ● Develop a workforce training guidebook/resource guide and webpage which will serve as the go-to resource for residents looking to enter the clean-energy trades. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Transportation Resource Coordinator

Clean Fuels Michigan Lansing Clean Fuels Michigan is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to growing the clean mobility industry in Michigan. We focus on policy advocacy and programming to accelerate the transition to clean mobility solutions like alternative fuels and electric vehicles. Clean Fuels Michigan is the leading voice for the clean transportation industry in Michigan. Our member will: ● Research and distill state and federal transportation funding opportunities. ● Write easy-to-understand overviews and reports of available opportunities and how they can benefit Michigan communities. ● Create an online dashboard to track Michigan’s progress to achieve clean mobility goals. ● Forge community connections and share information about transportation opportunities. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Bikeable Communities Coordinator

League of Michigan Bicyclists Lansing, Hybrid The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) statewide membership organization with a mission to improve life through bicycling. We envision a state where bicycling makes life better for everyone; serves as an everyday option for more people to commute, get around and have fun on roads and trails; and connects us to the natural world and each other. Our communities benefit through healthier people and stronger economies, our transportation system becomes more equitable and environmentally sustainable, and our streets and trails are safe and accessible to people of every age, race, gender, ability, and economic status. LMB supports and leads efforts to preserve and rebuild safe neighborhoods and streets. We partner and cooperate with state and local agencies and other like-minded groups to encourage various cycling programs and projects. Learn about safe transportation planning practices and put them into action as you establish connections with communities across the state. Conduct bike audits using an AARP toolkit to give local leaders the data, solutions and strategies needed for transformative change. Be a part of making Michigan a safer state to bike and walk. Our member will: ● Learn principles of safe and equitable bike infrastructure and the Safe System Approach. ● Draft communications and establish relationships with communities that are interested in hosting a bike audit. ● Schedule, plan and conduct an extensive in-person bike audit for each of 5-10 host communities, using an established toolkit. ● Prepare reports from each audit and encourage action in response. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Adaptation Coordinator

County of Marquette Marquette Through leadership, innovation, and collaboration, the County of Marquette is committed to using its resources wisely to provide services that improve quality of life and foster a county-wide sense of community. Marquette County is a regional leader providing superior services by investing in its employees and supporting its businesses and regional partnerships to encourage a thriving economy, preserve its natural beauty, and create a safe, healthy, and connected community where all are supported. Marquette County Planning Division strives for Marquette County in 2040 to be a place where its people enjoy natural areas and rural character, feel safe, and celebrate culture. A stable and diverse economy empowers residents to live in thriving communities with a clean environment, good education, valuable job opportunities, and affordable quality housing. Our member will: ● Implement measures in the Marquette County Climate Resolution. ● Assist low-income households to finance home repairs and energy efficiency measures. ● Coordinate with contractors to complete home repairs. ● Draft a Climate Action/ Sustainability Plan for Marquette County to reach the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Neighborhood Climate Resiliency Specialist

Detroit Future City Detroit Detroit Future City is a think tank, a policy advocate, and an innovation engine developing data-driven strategies to create a more equitable and sustainable future for Detroit. Detroit Future City (DFC) was established as a non-profit organization in 2015 to catalyze implementation of the Detroit Strategic Framework, a 50-year vision for the City of Detroit developed with input from over 100,000 Detroiters. Through the shared vision of the Detroit Strategic Framework, DFC is committed to advancing the quality of life for all Detroiters. Our role is to steward equitable implementation of the Framework recommendations by providing accessible information to Detroiters, informing and guiding decision-makers’ initiatives and projects, and convening a broad range of stakeholders to better coordinate and align their work. Our goal is a more equitable and sustainable city that works for all. Our member will: ● Support with community engagement activities, developing workshops, and tours to develop a community-engaged land use plan focused on building climate resiliency. ● Research the costs and funding opportunities associated with a range of sustainable interventions, which may include urban prairie/meadow establishment and maintenance, tree/forest planting, solar energy production, and stormwater management. ● Use research and graphics skills to support the refinement of a toolkit to support community decision-making around using land for resiliency, and also to build funding and partnership support to implement these projects. ● Learn about current green space development through hands-on work days with community partners, and supporting the refinement of maintenance plans and their implementation. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Sustainability Fellow

East Bay Charter Township Traverse City East Bay Charter Township has a population of almost 12,000 residents and has almost every type of land use and neighborhood, Lake Michigan coastline, high traffic regional business district, industrial parks, inland lakes and residential development, post WWII urban neighborhoods, suburbs, farmland, and state forest. This diversity makes working in East Bay Township exciting. We work with many great governmental and nonprofit partners on a wide range of interesting projects. The community in East Bay is engaged and there is currently a lot of development pressure in the Township and opportunity for climate resiliency. The Township has several miles of coastline along Lake Michigan with many outdoor recreational opportunities. Our member will support efforts to: ● Implement holistic solutions to reduce energy consumption and produce a clean energy future for East Bay Township. ● Have a robust composting and waste diversion program for the Township. ● Conduct a tree inventory baseline and tree protection ordinance with canopy goals. ● Update the stormwater ordinance with low impact design and green infrastructure best practices included. ● Have a non-motorized Transportation plan and expanded public transit service ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

BWL Climate Corps Steward

Lansing Board of Water & Light Lansing The Lansing Board of Water & Light is a municipally owned public utility that provides safe, reliable, and affordable utility products and services to around 100,000 electric and 58,000 water customers throughout the greater Lansing area. BWL owns 3,000 miles of overhead and underground power lines and more than 800 miles of water mains, providing 2.7 million megawatt hours and 7 billion gallons of water to customers annually. BWL set ambitious goals and is now exceeding the expected progress of reducing carbon emissions from our electric portfolio. With the ultimate objective of reaching carbon neutrality by 2040, BWL is on track to reach and exceed one of the key targets in its most recent strategic plan, which is 50% clean energy (energy waste reduction and renewable energy) by 2030. Our member will: ● Advance equity and environmental justice by conducting research, analysis, and providing data-driven strategies for consideration in the inclusion of energy equity and environmental stewardship practices. ● Increase capacity in our carbon neutrality and corporate sustainability programs including electric vehicles, energy waste reduction, customer solar, environmental stewardship and pollution prevention. ● Provide strategic planning support for years 2026-2030, including internal and external stakeholder involvement. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Fellow

Let's Grow Michigan Detroit Let’s Grow Michigan is tackling the state's declining population head on. We lead the state’s efforts to grow Michigan’s population, economy, and reputation as the best place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business. Through smart policy, economic growth, strategic storytelling, and improving quality of life, we are committed to revitalizing our state for generations to come. Our member will: ● Deploy talent attraction programs and pilots that bring a new generation of climate workers, entrepreneurs, and businesses from all over the world right here to the state of Michigan. ● Promote Michigan's climate resilience, clean energy, industrial might, freshwater coastline, and natural beauty as the most strategic place to decarbonize the world. ● Support Michigan's population growth and retention strategies by working on clean energy initiatives, climate entrepreneurship and innovation, resilient infrastructure, and sustainable transportation. ● Partner with state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the business community to build critical industries, engage clean energy innovators, promote Michigan's climate plan, and recruit the labor force needed to decarbonize our state. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

 Climate Research & Engagement Specialist

MI DNR Office of Public Lands Lansing The Office of Public Lands (OPL) coordinates, innovates, and magnifies the value of state DNR public land. Specifically, we invest and create solutions for higher level outcomes around climate, energy, public health, green infrastructure, job creation, outdoor recreation and placemaking. We lead, facilitate, and add capacity to existing strong collaborations across the Department and external partners to innovate solutions to complex problems, build on successes, and magnify good ideas across the enterprise for long-term durability. Our member will: ● Research the 30 by 30 initiative with various state, federal and international support materials. ● Assist with outreach engagement in underserved communities. ● Inventory local working lands and water conservation efforts. ● Assist with workshop planning and implementation, create engagement materials. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Initiative Program Coordinator

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy - Office of Climate and Energy Remote The Office of Climate and Energy coordinates the state’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through development and implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan as ordered in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-182 and Executive Directive 2020-10. It will serve as Michigan’s action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning toward carbon neutrality throughout the economy. This comprehensive plan will protect the public health of Michiganders and our environment while putting Michigan on a path towards becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2050. The office supports state and local governments in mitigation and resiliency efforts to both achieve the state’s carbon neutrality goal and help prepare communities for climate impacts. The Office also provides guidance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency, and advocates for the continued transition to a clean energy economy. Our member will: ● Support the programs, projects, and initiatives to reach the goals of the MI Healthy Climate Plan (MHCP), the state’s action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economy-wide carbon neutrality in an equitable manner. ● Develop a project, of your choosing, to advance a key MHCP strategy of interest: commit to environmental justice and pursue a just transition, clean the electric grid, electrify vehicles and increase public transit, repair and decarbonize homes and businesses, drive clean innovation in industry and protect Michigan’s land and water. ● Facilitate coordination with partners and stakeholders ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Fellow

Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity Lansing The Department of Labor and Economic Development's mission is to expand economic opportunity and prosperity for all. We seek to make Michigan a place where all people, business and communities have the educational and economic means to reach their full potential. Being a renewable energy leader will create economic growth in our state, but we know that in the past the benefits of growth haven’t always been distributed equitably. During the twentieth century, diverse communities from all over the country and around the world came to Michigan because it was the best place to get a job that could lift a family out of poverty. Today, too many once-prosperous communities in our state are suffering from a lack of good jobs and investment. The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity will soon be home to the newly created Community and Worker Transition Office. This office will be singularly focused on ensuring that the workers, companies, and communities who have suffered the most from economic change over the last forty years have the tools and support they need to take part in this new economic future. By embracing our state’s diversity and commitment to expanding equality, we can create economic growth that is a model for equitable, shared prosperity. Our member will support efforts to: ● Partner with workers, local communities, employers, and labor organizations to ensure that those affected by economic transition have input when decisions are being made. ● Work with the public and private sector to hold or participate in conferences, inquiries, meetings, or studies that could support the office's mission. ● Reach out to workers, local communities, employers, and labor organizations on a number of specific issues such as establishing additional programming to support the office's mission, implementing plans for different sectors of the economy, etc. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Engagement Specialist

Michigan Energy Options Grand Haven Michigan Energy Options (MEO) has been dedicated to sustainability and energy conservation for over 40 years. Since its founding in 1978, MEO has been at the forefront of promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Michigan communities. MEO has a rich history of providing unbiased expertise, research, and results-driven programs while working collaboratively with local governments, businesses, and community leaders. The MHC Corps member will work on Grand Haven’s regional energy planning and implementation project, of which the first phase has begun. We expect the baseline energy/carbon analysis to be completed in early spring and our programmatic recommendations to follow after that. Meanwhile, we are identifying additional grant opportunities through the Inflation Reduction Act to launch a series of "climate-proofing" demonstration projects with city, community and utility partners. Our member will: ● Engage community members and leaders on local climate solutions ● Work with a dynamic team of climate and energy experts at an iconic Michigan nonprofit ● Learn the technical side of solar power, energy efficiency and related climate solutions ● Hone your public speaking, writing, marketing, planning, and organizing skills while addressing the challenge of our lifetime: climate change ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Engagement Specialist

Michigan Energy Options Marquette Michigan Energy Options (MEO) has been dedicated to sustainability and energy conservation for over 40 years. Since its founding in 1978, MEO has been at the forefront of promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Michigan communities. MEO has a rich history of providing unbiased expertise, research, and results-driven programs while working collaboratively with local governments, businesses, and community leaders. The Marquette project will begin in early 2024 and is funded through the local community action agency. We will be working with multifamily property owners to identify opportunities to provide onside solar as well as improving the facilities' energy efficiency. This work will require someone to spend time with low-to-moderate income residents, local authorities and property owners so we can determine the best viable opportunities. We will also be seeking additional funding for implementation. Our member will: ● Engage community members and leaders on local climate solutions ● Work with a dynamic team of climate and energy experts at an iconic Michigan nonprofit ● Learn the technical side of solar power, energy efficiency and related climate solutions ● Hone your public speaking, writing, marketing, planning, and organizing skills while addressing the challenge of our lifetime: climate change ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Outreach Coordinator

Michigan Saves Detroit, hybrid Michigan Saves is the nation’s first nonprofit green bank and Michigan’s green bank. We promote accessible, equitable, and just investments in energy efficiency and clean energy to support healthy and thriving communities. We exist to help all Michigander access the benefits of clean energy technologies. Our member will: ● Do stakeholder mapping and engagement with community-based organizations committed to environmental justice. ● Support content creation for and facilitate workshops to educate Michiganders on the benefits of clean energy technologies. ● Assist with the development of marketing materials to provide consumer education. ● Help implement Michigan Saves residential and commercial programs that decarbonize homes and businesses. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Cycle Specialist

SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers Traverse City SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers implements local solutions to global problems at the intersection of ecology, education, and design. Our work to educate the public from K-12 students, to young adults entering green collar careers, to consultation and instruction for institutions and adult learners is focused on the pressing concern of climate resiliency. SEEDS works with partners across the state of Michigan with much work focused on the NW Lower Michigan region. Our member will: Our Climate Corps member will work to develop initiatives that will address a climate resilient workforce by supporting the development of training materials. We’ll also engage the individual to work in outreach with our region-wide Organic Waste Diversion network to support waste reduction. Through this work they will monitor wood rescue carbon sequestration and methane reduction activities alongside SEEDS staff. Through our partnership with the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, the service member will engage in regular check-in and resource follow-up with small-scale and beginning farmers in support multiple objectives ● Understand and monitor circular economics of wood and organic wastes through SEEDS and partners’ work with practical land-based activities. ● Document and draft carbon metrics. ● Craft educational and communication materials for outreach. ● Support incubating adaptive tree species nursery. ● Engage in regular check-in and resource follow-up with small-scale and beginning farmers. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Transit Climate Associate

Regional Transit Authority of SE Michigan Detroit The RTA believes the people and communities of Southeast Michigan deserve a faster, more reliable, more equitable transit system. An accessible transit system is critical public infrastructure that is necessary to foster a livable, climate-resilient, and thriving region. A champion for everyone, the RTA envisions Southeast Michigan as a welcoming place where all people can enjoy access to opportunity, recreation, and community through connected transit. Our member will: ● Assist in developing the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan for people with disabilities and seniors; Rides to Wellness; and support community engagement to incorporate feedback into the plan. ● Support in developing the Zero Emission (bus) Transition Plan. ● Support the Program Director in developing the agency's first-ever climate position and messaging. ● Support education around emerging climate policy recommendations. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Spartan Housing Cooperative, Inc. Ingham County About the Host Partner: Spartan Housing Cooperative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable, sustainable housing, exemplifies environmental stewardship and community empowerment. Committed to advancing the values of equity and sustainability, our cooperative stands at the intersection of affordable housing initiatives and environmentally conscious practices. With a focus on fostering inclusive communities and advocating for energy efficiency, our mission aligns seamlessly with the principles outlined in the MI Healthy Climate Plan. Through strategic initiatives and collaborative efforts, we aim to drive positive environmental impact while empowering residents and engaging broader communities in sustainable living practices. MHC Corps Member Role and Responsibilities: Join us as a Sustainability Projects Coordinator at Spartan Housing Cooperative! Engage in energy and climate readiness audits, renewable energy development at our 18 cooperative houses, grant and funding source exploration, and community outreach to ignite a sustainable revolution within our cooperative and the vibrant Lansing community. ● Conduct comprehensive energy audits across 18 buildings, identifying inefficiencies and proposing energy-saving retrofit measures. ● Research and compile a diverse list of grant programs and incentives for sustainable housing development. ● Develop and execute an engagement campaign on sustainable living practices among our 250 member-residents and allies. ● Collaborate with members to prioritize energy-saving measures and implement cost-effective upgrades via a revolving fund. ● Liaise with local communities to foster awareness and participation in sustainable initiatives. All members will: ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information. ● Participate in MHC Corps member development shared learning and collaboration activities including three MHC Corps in-person convenings, MHC Corps monthly virtual trainings, and Michigan’s AmeriCorps activities.

Climate & Energy Technician

Superior Watershed Partnership Marquette The Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) is an award-winning Great Lakes nonprofit organization that has set national records for pollution prevention and implements innovative, science-based programs that achieve documented, measurable results. The Superior Watersheds Partnership also provides technical, educational, and monitoring assistance on a variety of Great Lakes protection initiatives with emphasis on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The Superior Watershed Partnership has received numerous state and national awards and has been recognized by Michigan’s Governor, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada and the Lake Superior Bi-national Program as a leader in watershed protection for the Lake Superior Basin and the headwaters region of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Our member will: ● Perform a mix of administrative and field work supporting conservation, restoration, and recreation projects in the Great Lakes Climate Corps program. ● Join a team of Energy Efficiency Technicians who provide free assessments, energy efficiency improvements and solar installations to low-income Upper Peninsula households. ● Assist SWP’s technical staff to perform water quality and environmental monitoring in agricultural, industrial, and community forest settings. ● Engage community members and volunteers through environmental education and outreach activities alongside SWP’s Education Specialist. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Environmental Justice & Equity Coordinator

The Everly Collective Flint, hybrid The Everly Collective is a hub for health equity and social justice innovation through collaborative enterprise development and community engagement. We sustain individual and community wellness by addressing social determinants of health through social entrepreneurship, healing justice programs, and creative arts. Our member will: ● Host in-person or virtual Environmental Justice & Equity workshops for the greater Flint community. ● Co-design and co-lead an arts and environmental justice contest for H.S. aged youth, with the support of the Director. ● Support public awareness campaign activities. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Transit Outreach Specialist

Transportation Riders United (TRU) Detroit Transportation Riders United is the Detroit region's public transit advocate, a nonprofit organization with 25 years of experience working for affordable, sustainable mobility for all. We believe everyone should be able to get where they need to go, regardless of whether they drive. So we educate the public, advocate to decision-makers, and mobilize supportive individuals and organizations to work together for more and better public transportation and other affordable, sustainable mobility options throughout metro Detroit. Our member will: ● Educate people in Wayne County and beyond about the benefits of public transit, what transportation options exist, and how to utilize them. ● Engage with transit riders and other community members to understand their mobility experiences and needs and invite them to get involved in transportation planning. ● Grow the TRU Wayne County Volunteer Committee, educate them about who makes critical transit decisions, and explore together how barriers to widespread transit ridership can be overcome. ● Connect transit riders and other concerned residents, especially from impacted communities, with opportunities to have their voices heard and be part of local, regional, and state transportation planning. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Shoreline Management Coordinator

Village of Elk Rapids Elk Rapids Elk Rapids Village is a small, rural community, on the Grand Traverse Bay, north of Traverse City. Our harbor, vibrant businesses, and natural beauty draw visitors and residents to enjoy all we have to offer. People move here for the lakes, the climate, and the walkability of our safe and caring neighborhoods. We are proud of our high-quality schools and diversity of ages and backgrounds of the people who call Elk Rapids home. We are committed to ensuring healthy water and land ecosystems both now and for future generations. Our member will: The Elk Rapids Shoreline Management Coordinator will provide the right candidate with a leadership opportunity that will make a big impact on our community, provide personal and professional development, build lasting relationships, and enhance skill sets. Elk Rapids is committed to environmental stewardship of our waters and will put our focus and efforts behind this candidate to the benefit of the community and the position. Our project directly aligns with the protection of land and water as it will produce a plan for implementation of shoreline restoration and ongoing management. In October 2022 we received an assessment from Tip of theMitt that requires significant investment for invasive species removal, erosion control, and green space restoration. Our member will: ● Build relationships with related environmental organizations and Village staff. ● Become familiar with the Shoreline Assessment from October 2022. ● Collaborate with the Shoreline Committee (Village Council appointed) and local environmental organizations to develop a plan for implementation of shoreline recommendations. ● Collaborate with staff and local organizations to develop a plan to engage the community in meaningful ways. ● Managing any project implementation occurring during member service time period. ● Research grant opportunities to help fund this project ● Collaborate with the Shoreline Committee and local environmental organizations to produce an ongoing management plan. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate Solutions Associate

West Michigan Environmental Action Council Grand Rapids West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) has been West Michigan’s preeminent resource for environmental education and advocacy since 1968. Founded by a diverse group of concerned citizens and organizational stakeholders, WMEAC is a non-profit, 501C3 organization uniquely positioned to respond to emerging issues and new threats to West Michigan’s natural and human ecologies, strategically focused on building sustainable communities and protecting water resources. Our member will: ● Assist with Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Grand Rapids Neighborhoods of Focus. ● Participate in local/regional recycling and composting projects. ● Join a 5-year project to build local urban agriculture capacity, cutting down on miles food travels to the table. ● Help us highlight climate smart policies at the state and federal level. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Operational Energy Strategist

Washtenaw County-Facilities Management Department Ann Arbor Covering 722 square miles, containing 28 individual municipalities, and home to more than 372,000 residents, Washtenaw County is situated in Southeastern Michigan. The County’s Facilities Management department manages a portfolio of 22 buildings, totaling 811,775 square feet of space on 93 acres. The FM team is committed to a program of proactive planning and execution to ensure a safe, secure, energy efficient and effective work environment. In December 2022, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Resilient Washtenaw Climate Action Plan, with a mandate for net-zero County operations by 2030. The Facilities Management Department is largely responsible for ensuring that goal is met. We are seeking a MI Healthy Climate Corps member to join our team as an Operational Energy Strategist and aid us in developing and deploying an operational energy strategy that ensures this transition benefits all members of our community, and particularly those who have been historically disadvantaged. Our member will: ● Assist in the Facilities Portfolio Decarbonization Study by ensuring utility data and ESPM data stays up to date and working with the AA2030 District on ASHRAE Level I energy audits. ● Assist in developing a strategy for transitioning the County’s Fleet from ICE to Electric vehicles by mapping out charger locations based on analysis of parking lots, fleet vehicle locations, community need, etc. ● Conduct research and public engagement around siting and public use for municipal fleet EV charging stations; assist in developing the RFP for County-wide EV infrastructure. ● Through staff-engagement, internal work groups, research, and writing, actively participate in updating County policies around fleet, facility and purchasing operations to ensure best practices for environmentally sound operations are implemented County-wide. ● Participate in staff engagement surrounding energy and sustainability initiatives that Facilities Management is leading; Lead the establishment of an internal County Green Team, made up of staff liaisons/energy champions from different departments. ● Actively participate in community engagement and outreach efforts surrounding Resilience Hub planning and development. ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Climate & Energy Technician

Oakland County Waterford Oakland County is home to nearly 1.3 million people in 62 cities, villages and townships across 907 square miles. The county government provides services ranging from law enforcement and courts to parks, property records, election administration, public health and social services. It is governed by a County Executive, who is elected countywide, and a 21-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected from districts across the county. Other countywide elected officials include Clerk, Prosecutor, Sheriff, Treasurer and Water Resources Commissioner. The Office of Sustainability is within the County Executive’s office. Our member will: ● Advance the Oakland SAVES program, a program designed to provide financial support to residents for weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy and storage installations. ● Conduct community outreach, engagement, and storytelling. ● Assist with signing up 1000+ households for the Oakland SAVES program. ● Project documentation, data analysis, and reporting. ● Provide utility rebate support ● Empower the community to access federal and state climate resources by planning meetings, educational programs, and/or other activities to consistently share information.

Get Involved!

By stepping up to serve, you can support real climate action and explore a future in Michigan’s growing climate and energy economy. The MHC Corps program will support your success with training, connections to leaders in the field, and a supportive network. 

We especially encourage individuals from historically underserved communities and those on the frontline of climate impacts to consider applying. Individuals need to be 18 years old to serve, and no degree or formal work experience is required.

The MHC Corps Member Application is currently closed.

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