About Green CorpsThe mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. In 1992, U.S. PIRG, the Federation of State PIRGs, launched Green Corps as a graduate school for environmental organizers – with a difference. This program not only gave participants a solid academic grounding in their field of choice; it provided concrete field experience, established relationships between the participants and the major environmental organizations they hoped to serve in, and even paid participants to enable them to engage full-time in their chosen work. In 2011, Green Corps continued its partnership with Sierra Club on the Beyond Coal campaign, organizing more than 2,000 volunteers and generating nearly 30,000 petition signatures urging eight cities and 12 university campuses to reduce their dependence on coal.
Heading into their 20th anniversary year in 2012, Green Corps has trained and mentored more than 300 organizers who have then gone to work for environmental protection and social progress.
Green Corps graduates infuse the environmental movement with visionary ideas and tactical skills in grassroots organizing, making a significant impact on some of today’s most pressing environmental issues. Eighty-five percent of our graduates continue to work in the environmental and social change field. Today, our graduates work as executive directors, field directors, campaigners, advocates and grassroots organizers with leading regional and national groups such as Sierra Club, Climate Solutions, The Wilderness Society, League of Conservation Voters, Rainforest Action Network, Environment America and Greenpeace.