Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Empowering Iowa for a greener future through service, education and engagement.

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Green Iowa AmeriCorps is Iowa's leader in boots-on-the-ground energy and environmental services. GIA is headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and maintains 20+ sites throughout Iowa. 

Visit our website at to learn more about our program and apply to serve with us!

Focus Areas

​Green Iowa AmeriCorps members, in collaboration with our host sites, community partners, and engaged citizens, focus on a wide variety of environmentally focused activities including but not limited to:

  • Conducting environmental education lessons and presentations to persons of all ages and abilities
  • Engaging in and leading environmental outreach and community engagement projects
  • Recruiting and engaging volunteers in service to the community
  • Conducting residential energy efficiency services (primarily for vulnerable populations)
  • Enhancing commercial energy efficiency projects for public buildings (LED upgrades, etc.)
  • Developing Climate Action Plans & Greenhouse Gas Inventories for counties and organizations
  • Developing waste reduction strategies for sites and communities (recycling and composting education and outreach)
  • Planting trees and restoring tree canopies in vital communities
  • Engaging in water quality services (sampling, testing, river clean-ups, etc.)
  • Engaging in additional conservation projects (prairie burns, GIS, soil restoration, etc.)
  • Enhancing member's professional development through individual projects and trainings, tailored to their own areas of interest

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