Another way I am successfully pursuing the environmental issues is through my position with Green Iowa AmeriCorps. This began as a 6-month position as the Project Support Coordinator for the Energy & Community track of Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Dubuque. My office was located in downtown Dubuque in the Operation New View office. It was an experience I thought would turn out a lot differently but I still do not regret anything about it. I met a lot of amazing people and learned a lot about everything great happening in Dubuque as far as helping the environment. I would have never imagined that Dubuque is considered the most sustainable city in Iowa and all of the green goals they're shooting for. In this 6-month role, I completed energy audits and weatherizations in homes to directly impact the community in a positive way. We would help get their home more energy efficient and reduce the energy bills, while also reducing the carbon emissions of the home. I also was able to count volunteering in the community towards my hours and this was probably my favorite part. I greatly enjoyed helping in the different urban gardens during the summer months, along with helping plant trees in different areas. I can't get over how many amazing opportunities there are in Dubuque and the visions that are actually being sought through.
I am now completing an 11-month term with the Sustainable Schools track of Green Iowa AmeriCorps. I am the Energy Efficiency Coordinator and work directly with the schools to make them more green and sustainable in any way they wish. A lot of them have green efforts started but I am here to follow through with them and lessen the load on the staff. I have enjoyed this position so far and have enjoyed having the solid waste agency education coordinator as my supervisor. She has given me a lot of resources and kept my team member and I on track. I will be sure to keep you updated on my future adventures with Sustainable Schools!