Obama’s green team to kick off summer of community service
President Obama wants you — yes, you — to participate in a summer service campaign that he’s calling United We Serve.
“From June 22 to September 11, United We Serve will begin to engage Americans from coast to coast in addressing community needs in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal,” reads the Serve.gov website.
Cabinet members and admin officials will kick the program off on Monday with service-related events around the country, many of which have a green tinge:
Department of Labor
Secretary Solis will work with the Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity Social Justice and Action YouthBuild program to help construct energy-efficient housing for low income individuals.
Department of Transportation
Secretary LaHood will visit and work on Habitat for Humanity’s Atlantic Avenue project in Brooklyn, New York. The Atlantic Avenue project is a 41 unit, multi-family, energy efficient building complex.
Department of Energy
Secretary Chu will travel to Battle Creek, Michigan for an energy efficiency event in partnership with League of Conservation Voters at the local YMCA. He will help assemble home energy efficiency kits and educational materials to help families lower their energy costs.
Department of the Interior
Secretary Salazar will work with volunteers from Youth Conservation Corps, Volunteers-in-the-Parks, Student Conservation Association and the Shenandoah National Park Association to remove exotic plants in the Shenandoah National Park.
Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Jackson will join Missouri River Relief, Blue River Watershed Association, Missouri Stream Team and Friends of the Kaw, as well as local students to monitor and help clean up the Missouri and Kansas Rivers at Kaw Point Park, Kansas. Students will be testing mercury levels in fish and measuring water quality and volunteers will be using boats to pick up trash along the rivers’ banks.
Council on Environmental Quality
Chairwoman Nancy Sutley will work with the Anacostia Watershed Society to plant native wetland species in Kingman Lake, a 35-acre wetlands marsh adjacent to the Anacostia River. Kingman Lake is the biggest tidal wetland in D.C.
Watch Obama’s pitch to join in the action: