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AmeriCorps is a division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal program created by former President William J. Clinton in 1993. It is a network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. To learn more, visit www.americorps.gov

Operated through the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a state-wide community service program. Our organization was founded in 2009 to address conservation and sustainable usage of energy resources in several Iowa communities as they struggled to rebuild from the devastating floods of 2008. Since the start of the flood recovery, Green Iowa AmeriCorps has been an active community partner. Members are trained as energy auditors and contribute to a comprehensive home energy program. Other involvement in the community includes deconstruction projects, creating energy educational programs for all ages, and assisting in the development of energy-related community events. With the addition of the new site in Iowa City, we now have seven sites spread throughout Iowa in Black Hawk, Dubuque, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Winneshiek counties.


In 2010 Green Iowa AmeriCorps was listed as one of the most innovative AmeriCorps programs in "Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of 52 of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs in the United States" by America's Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation. Chosen from 1,100 State Service Commission programs, Green Iowa AmeriCorps was selected for our weatherization and energy audit services. According to the publication, these services produce a lasting community impact by “providing residents with reduced utility bills and the education to become more conscious of energy use. This will enable Iowans to reduce overall demand for power and promote an energy-independent state." In addition, we were recognized for our collaborative efforts with other service programs and for potential of program replication.



  1. Provide residential energy efficiency services for populations most vulnerable to financial burdens created by high utility bills and poor quality housing

  2. Enhance and promote existing environmental efforts in communities and school districts across Iowa

  3. Create opportunities for students and community members to learn and build relationships with the environment and Iowa's natural habitat through educational programs and service learning

  4. Provide professional development experiences that are rewarding and impactful for members and volunteers 

  5. Implement mitigation practices to address water quality and quantity issues in both urban and rural settings 

  6. Work collaboratively with key partners across the state of Iowa to magnify the impact on environmental stewardship efforts 


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UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education
University of Northern Iowa
CEEE 109
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0293

Phone: (319) 273-7233

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