Job Corps
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Earth Day Every Day

Job Corps Gets a Green Thumb
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Centers across the nation plant organic gardens

Organic gardening, made possible with Job Corps' ARRA funds, provides valuable training and healthy food choices for Job Corps students. The individual projects allow students to put into practice the skills they learn in the classroom, and the bountiful crops from the gardens yield yet another opportunity for students to learn about healthy eating. From garden to kitchen, from rake to fork, here are some examples of organic gardening at work.

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How to Care for your newly planted Your Tree

With Earth Day Every Day Week now complete, it is important to remember to care for the tree you planted on Earth Day. Below are a few helpful tips to help your tree grow:

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Earth Day Every Day Awards Round 2
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Demand-side Management Award Winners

Congratulations to the second round of Earth Day Every Day Demand-side Management Award winners. Two winners from each Region were chosen for their green efforts in the following areas: energy conservation; water conservation; installation of energy-efficient materials, including plumbing, electrical equipment, windows, and roofs; EDED proposals; green CTST projects; and promoting a green center culture.

Atlanta Region winners:

  • Homestead Job Corps
  • Brunswick Job Corps Center

Boston Region winners:

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Center
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Washington, D.C., Trip in Review

Eight students from Muhlenberg Job Corps Center have returned to Greenville, Ky., following a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., from April 21 to 24. While thousands of students at centers across the nation were participating in the Earth Day Every Day Week activities, Muhlenberg's Micka Blair, Krystal Broomes, Quinton Ross Condiff, Jessica Howard, Rachel Lanier, Jonathan Martin, Orlando Mitchell, and Crystal Turner traveled more than 700 miles to the nation's capital to represent their center in receiving the Job Corps National Green Center Recognition Award.

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Earth Day IS Every Day
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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day

Job Corps centers across the country celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a week of events centered around conservation and sustainability. Students cleaned up parks, conducted energy audits, and even dressed up as Earth-friendly mascots.

From late March, until April 23, students and staff at Job Corps participated in green-themed events beginning with Earth Hour on March 27, and culminating with a weeklong celebration (Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23) that included a variety of fun and creative activities.

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Earth Day Every Day
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Center Recognition Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our Earth Day Every Day Center Recognition Award winners. In an effort to share best practices, each of the six centers listed below has been recognized by the National Office for its dedication to cutting back on energy usage through green technology and environmentally friendly projects. All of the six regional winners have actively been recycling, getting students involved with green committees, and replacing older, less efficient appliances to ensure that they are energy-efficient.

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Earth Day Every Day Demand-side Management Winners

With so many centers working diligently nationwide to implement green programs and initiatives on campus, picking our first round of Earth Day Every Day (EDED) Demand-side Management Award winners was a difficult task. The two centers from each Region listed below were chosen for going above and beyond in their efforts to recycle, reduce waste, and cut back on water and energy usage. The Regional Offices will be accepting applications for the second round of Demand-side Management Awards soon.

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The Big Picture
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ARRA E-newsletter

As you know, Job Corps received $250 million in economic stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Working closely with the Secretary of Labor, the National Office of Job Corps developed a plan to use the funds to accomplish two main goals – 1) to create jobs and stimulate economic activity across the nation, and 2) to support the administration's priority of environmental stewardship.

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