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Metropolitan Mayors Caucus seeks input on local sustainability project staffing proposal

From the desk of Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Director of Environmental Initiatives Edith Makra: The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is proposing to develop a new AmeriCorps program to provide municipalities with low-cost, temporary staffing to complete sustainability projects in their communities. To develop this proposal, the Caucus needs to know the level of interest and types of assistance communities are seeking.

Therefore, the Caucus invites you to express interest and propose a project that addresses your community’s sustainability objectives. Please review the attached proposed ‘GreenCorps’ program to understand the opportunity and the requested time and financial commitment. Please respond by November 2 indicating your interest and your proposed project. Your response will only help craft a proposal. You do not need to firmly commit at this time.

FYI – AmeriCorps volunteers are college graduates who provide 1700 hours of service, to begin in late summer 2018. They are paid a stipend by a federal program but municipalities must contribute approximately $13,000 and provide work space and guidance. Sharing a volunteer among communities may be possible.

Preference will be given to communities that have adopted, or will adopt the Greenest Region Compact and are working towards these common goals. Please contact Edith Makra,, 312-201-4506 to discuss your idea. Great ideas and enthusiasm from municipalities will help develop a competitive proposal. Staff contact: Mark Fowler

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