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AmeriCorps program now accepting Michigan climate-related proposals

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The state is partnering with AmeriCorps to fund community service projects in Michigan focused on addressing climate change.

The new program offers $1.3 million federal funding to universities, nonprofits, and local governments to assign a corps member and support climate-related service projects.

Jason Alexander is the communications director with the Michigan Community Service Commission. He said proposed projects can be modeled after the state’s MI Healthy Climate Plan, which sets goals like transitioning to renewable energy and improving water infrastructure.

“There’s a lot that can be addressed, but there can be some boots on the ground that can be out there, getting things done to help carry out this plan and do some of the legwork,” Alexander said.

Institutions should apply with a proposal by Oct. 31. If selected, they will be connected with an AmeriCorps member, who will carry out the project.

“There’s a lot of people that are passionate about climate change and the environment, and this is a way they can serve and lead," Alexander said. "So I think [the program] going to lead to some positive things."

Corps member applications will open after projects are approved.

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corps Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She covers rural environmental issues, focused on contamination, conservation, and climate change.