The American Sustainable Business Network Applauds President Biden’s Formation of the American Climate Corps
The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is thrilled to announce our enthusiastic support for President Biden’s recent announcement of the American Climate Corps (ACC). This initiative, included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), represents a significant step forward in addressing the urgent climate crisis, while simultaneously creating job opportunities and supporting sustainable businesses across the United States. The ACC is a visionary program that aligns perfectly with ASBN’s values and our strong belief in supporting community investment through workforce training.
As we stand on the brink of climate catastrophe, the need for swift and bold actions has never been clearer. Rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and environmental degradation threaten not only our planet, but also the very fabric of our economy. Sustainable businesses have long recognized the interconnectedness of economic prosperity and environmental health, and they have been at the forefront of the call for meaningful climate action.
President Biden’s commitment to creating a corps of young Americans to tackle the climate crisis head-on echoes our own belief that the private sector, government, and civil society must work together to build a sustainable and equitable future. The ACC embodies the spirit of cooperation and mobilization necessary to address the urgent climate challenges.
This climate corps will provide a significant boost to job creation in the green sector. As thousands of young people are trained and employed in initiatives aimed at increasing community, climate resilience, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, businesses pioneering in this space will play a pivotal role in providing opportunities and services to support these efforts. From renewable energy installations to green infrastructure, the ACC will stimulate community investment into critical restoration and resilience efforts.
“The President’s announcement focuses on training and education, and unlocks resources for participants to acquire valuable skills and knowledge in areas such as renewable energy, ecosystem restoration, and climate resilience. This influx of skilled workers will bolster the labor force for sustainable businesses, enabling them to expand and innovate,” said ASBN’s VP of Policy and Government Affairs, Mia Woodard. “ASBN is proud to support the ACC.”
The ACC has the promise to promote collaboration between government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector and is a meaningful step in that critical partnership. This multi-stakeholder approach mirrors ASBN’s ethos of fostering partnerships to achieve values aligned policy. Together, we can drive systemic change and accelerate the transition to a green economy.