Green City Force Named Most Innovative Nonprofit in NYC by Mayor Bloomberg for Operating as Part of The Corps Network and AmeriCorps' Clean Energy Corps

Lisbeth Shepherd, Founder and Executive Director of Green City Force, and Wesley Booker, GCF Alum and current Community Environmental Center employee, accept NYC's Most Innovative Nonprofit Award from Mayor Bloomberg. The award recognizes nonprofits that exhibit "creative approaches and exemplary program implementation."

We are pleased to share wonderful news! Green City Force, one of our members who participates in The Corps Network's Clean Energy Corps program, has been named the most innovative nonprofit in New York City by the office of the mayor. A runner-up was also chosen.

"These organizations have proven records of improving lives in their communities, helping set New Yorkers on a path toward greater economic mobility," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "New York City continues to invest in innovative solutions to difficult challenges, and we are committed to supporting nonprofits that are doing the same."

Here is an excerpt from the press release published by Mayor Bloomberg's Office about Green City Force and the Clean Energy Corps program:

"Clean Energy Corps engages New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents between the ages of 18 and 24 on six-month environmental projects to educate on sustainability issues and provide critical work experience. Clean Energy Corps teams led the construction of Planters Grove at Lillian Wald Houses in 2011, an 8,000 square foot green space featuring a stormwater irrigation system.

Green City Force has produced a 78 percent graduation rate and a 65 percent job placement rate. On average, participants have achieved a full grade point increase in math or English. Following a two-week orientation, participant teams mobilize on community projects focused on energy efficiency, green infrastructure or urban agriculture. Each Friday is devoted to Green City Academy, a classroom component where participants learn environmental science, intensive math, career development, and technical skills. The program offers intensive follow-up over two years after graduation.

Located in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, Green City Force serves NYCHA youth who hold a GED or high school diploma but may lack the job skills, work experience or academic performance to secure career-track employment. Launched in 2009, Green City Force supports some of the key goals of PlaNYC—New York City's sustainability blueprint. Clean Energy Corps has served as a model for Americorps's national Clean Energy Service Corps, and has presented at the Clinton Global Initiative."

Green City Force will be awarded a first prize of $20,000 to support their work. Once again, please join us in congratulating them on this great honor!