CCA Green Iowa AmeriCorps Sustainable Schools Announcements

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    Clear Creek Amana CSD Receives a Wellmark Foundation Grant For the Middle School Outdoor Classroom

    CCA applied for the Wellmark Foundation Small MATCH Grant and recently received notice of receiving Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants, contingent upon securing the required 50 percent match amount. The required match may be a combination of in-kind donations or services and cash. To ensure community support for these projects, organizations have until Nov. 6 to secure their match.

    Each of these grantees are planning projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity or access to and consumption of nutritious foods. 

    • Clear Creek Amana Community School District, $13,583
      Middle School Outdoor Classroom, Tiffin

      The Clear Creek Amana Middle School Outdoor Classroom is a project that aims to take an under-used space and transform it into a space that is welcoming to the community and allows curriculum to expand out of the classroom to engage students in a different way. Students will have enhanced hands-on curriculum related to food production, food consumption and physical education.

    More Information about the Outdoor Classroom

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What is Green Iowa AmeriCorps

  • Green Iowa AmeriCorps (AmeriCorps pronounced ameri-core) is an organization working to promote environmental sustainability across the state of Iowa. The organization contains three separate branches: Energy & Community, Land & Water Stewards, and Sustainable Schools. Sustainable Schools in particular is focused on helping school districts become more eco-friendly. Members of this group help Clear Creek Amana schools to reduce energy usage and implement various projects with goals to teach students about the environment. 

    To learn more about the state program and what we do, check out our website at

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The CCA Green Iowa AmeriCorps Summer Members & Coordinators

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    Summer 2020 High School students worked alongside AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinators.
    Left to Right: Olivia Smyka, Lauren Lasswell, Makennah Crawford, and Lillie Haman

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    Sustainability Coordinators: Regan Ball with former coordinator, Megan Hill

    More About Regan:

    Hello! My name is Regan and I serve as the Sustainable Operations Coordinator through AmeriCorps focusing on ways the district can improve its sustainable practices through energy and waste reduction strategies, conscious behavior changes from students and staff, as well as assisting with large scale projects like the Middle School Outdoor Classroom. I am in my last semester at the University of Iowa pursuing a Bachelor's in Environmental Policy and Planning with a certificate in Sustainability. I previously served as a Summer AmeriCorps member at Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids through the Energy and Community branch and plan on doing a third AmeriCorps term with CCA again for the 2020-2021 school year.  

    Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about AmeriCorps or projects we are doing in the district. 

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    Erica Dodge, Green Iowa AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator

    More About Erica,

    I am Erica Dodge and I am serving as the Education and Outreach Coordinator with Green Iowa AmeriCorp. I am in charge of education and outreach events and activities that pertain to sustainability and the Environment in the Clear Creek Amana School District. The past three years I have worked with the City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department in STEAM programs and Camps. I have also been an instructor and coordinator at the University of Iowa Wildlife camps over the past three years. Last fall, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Science Studies at the University of Iowa. I am currently working on a Masters Degree in Secondary Science Education with a Talented and Gifted (TAG) Endorsement at the University of Iowa. I have a primary focus area in Physics and secondary in Earth Science, but I am working towards an all around science certification. I look forward to seeing you at events and to spread knowledge about sustainability and the Environment. If you have any questions about projects we are working on or AmeriCorp in general feel free to email me.


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