Our mission is to implement community-based climate change solutions by empowering the next generation of leaders committed to a just and sustainable future.
Cornerstone Equity Statement
At Sustainability Service Corps, we believe that our combined experiences and identities make us stronger. Therefore, we are building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive network of passionate Fellows and partners to advance climate change efforts that result in environmentally just and community-based solutions. This is our mission and our promise. If we falter, we will listen, learn, and do better.
Meeting the Challenge
There is no time to wait. Climate change is already happening and its effects are impacting communities and ecosystems across the globe. Here in California, we face environmental challenges like consistent drought, extreme heat days, and biodiversity loss as a result of the excessive production of greenhouse gasses that warm the planet. Less mentioned are the self-inflicted societal challenges that have resulted from a reliance on fossil fuels and overconsumption. Human health and cultural vitality are also in harm's way.
But there is hope. Sustainability Service Corps envisions a thriving future that is ecologically and economically sustainable by putting organizations, communities, and individuals in a position to make thoughtful and confident transformations. The challenge we face is immense, but we face it together.
Types of Projects
Resource Waste Reduction
Reduce water, energy, and waste usage in cities/jurisdictions and households
Energy and Waste Audits
Onsite Facilities Upgrades
Climate Action Implementation
Educate K-12 students and foster their commitment to environmental stewardship
Traditional Classroom Lessons
School Garden and Outdoor Education
Youth Engagement and Mentorship
Conduct public outreach campaigns to increase awareness of climate change programs
Developing Community Relationships
Behavior Change Campaigns
Multimodal Outreach Initiatives
Researching the availability of grants, garnering support for projects, and building organizational capacity
Strengthening communities by mobilizing volunteerism for climate action
Leading Volunteer Events
Maintaining Volunteer Communications
Cultivating Community Service
Bay Area Community Resources
Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a nonprofit organization that implements and administers Sustainability Service Corps (SSC).
Each year, BACR provides strengths-based, trauma-informed direct services to tens of thousands of people. We continually witness the strength and resilience of the individuals and families we serve who are often those most adversely impacted by systemic racism, poverty, and inequitable access to resources and opportunities.
BACR’s national service program enables AmeriCorps members to achieve personal benefits through engaging in community service. Communities benefit through services delivered by AmeriCorps members such as tutoring, mentoring, and engaging in environmental initiatives.
BACR recruits, trains, and places adults each year in jobs at youth-serving agencies around the Bay Area and in environmental activities up and down the state. As part of AmeriCorps, a national, federally-funded community service program, AmeriCorps members commit to a one-year term of service in a full-time (1,700-hour) position.
Our AmeriCorps programs achieve two objectives. First, Corps members gain valuable skills and experience, as well as stipends to help with college and living expenses. Second, youth and high-risk communities receive valuable services.
BACR operates four national service programs: Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC), Sustainability Service Corps (SSC), California Climate Action Corps (CCAC), and California Emergency Response Corps (CERC).
To learn more about BACR, please visit www.bacr.org.