South Carolina Energy Conservation Corps
The Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) is an award-winning, Americorps affiliated program that recruits, trains and certifies, and provides job placement services in the energy efficiency industry.
The ECC consists of two independent AmeriCorps programs, one that serves the Veteran's population and one that serves at-risk young adults aged 18 – 25.
Corps members are recruited directly from local communities to serve 6 month to 1 year terms, receive a successful combination of classroom training, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship, and give back to their communities through their service work.
While the focus is providing workforce training, the Energy Conservation Corps also accomplishes a significant impact on our local housing, by performing direct energy efficiency retrofits on low-income homes suffering from ineffieciencies and high and unaffordable energy costs. More than 50 homes each year get fully weatherized and upgraded for energy efficiency by the program, often saving families more than 30% on their monthly bills. As the contractor performing this work, the ECC takes an innovative approach which includes pre - and post - performance testing of the home and energy modeling, deployment of construction best practices, and quality assurance --resulting in deep savings for the homeowner, quality work, and lasting improvements.
The program has become a national model for workforce training and for Americorps, has produced a 2011 Americorps Member of the Year, and enjoys a 100% job placement rate for graduating Corps members. In addition to national recognition, the program has been featured widely in the local news. Click here to read the most recent article.
The Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) is a partner program between The Sustainability Institute and Americorps, funded through grants from the City of North Charleston and The Boeing Company. For more infomation, contact the ECC at 843.747.5885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.