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Allies in Action on Earth Day

On this Earth Day, we celebrate our Public Allies AmeriCorps members and partner organizations working daily for sustainability and environmental justice.

Aiti Rai and Jayson Hughes (Connecticut) partner with KNOX to build greener, stronger, healthier and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford. “I believe that everyone should have access to healthy food,” says Aiti. “My passion is for my community to become a healthier, greener place,” says Jayson.

Jennifer Zavon (Cincinnati) partners with the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability to build a sustainable, equitable, resilient future for residents. “Addressing complex environmental and social issues that cities face requires collaboration between all types of leaders, and I am grateful to be learning this firsthand,” says Jennifer.

Kelly Liska (Arizona) partners with Local First Arizona to build equitable systems by strengthening, supporting, and celebrating entrepreneurship, rural and urban community development, racial equity, environmental action, and food access. “I have been inspired to become a localist and support work that makes our economy more regenerative and resilient. This Earth Day, I can say that I’ve finally put my words and thoughts about sustainability into action,” says Kelly.

Sara Kaiser (Baltimore) partners with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability to be a resource, catalyst, and advocate for a sustainable and resilient city. “I have the opportunity to work with a team of passionate, caring people striving to make Baltimore a healthy, prosperous, and equitable place to live. I’m grateful that I get to do my small part to support incredible efforts for sustainability and environmental justice,” says Sara.

Cesar Castillo (Milwaukee) partners with Milwaukee Riverkeeper to protect, improve, and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management. “Connecting with nature brings a sense of peace and calm to our fast-paced lives. I am passionate about ensuring our waterways are healthy, and that everyone has access to and feels safe in outdoor spaces,” says Cesar.

Thousands of nonprofits have partnered with Public Allies since 1992 to provide apprenticeships for diverse, emerging leaders who are driven by our values and committed to strengthening their community. To learn more about how a Public Allies member can support your efforts around environmental sustainability or a number of other vital community issues, contact us.