Green Iowa AmeriCorps Host Site


Linn County has served as a host site of the Green Iowa AmeriCorps (GIA) program since fall 2020. To date, 11 GIA members have worked in the Linn County Sustainability Department. GIA members predominantly have been the public engagement and outreach branch of the department and have been instrumental in supporting the work of the department’s two FTE. 

GIA members have received awards such as the Governor’s Volunteer Award and the 1000 Friends of Iowa Best Development Award. Through the GIA program, Linn County’s Sustainability Department has helped prepare young environmental leaders. Many members have been hired into full-time positions in the field of sustainability following their term.

Green Iowa Americorps Mission

Empowering Iowa for a greener future through service, education, and engagement.

Visit the Green Iowa AmeriCorps website to learn more. 

Free Energy Saver Kits

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Iowa AmeriCorps suspended its free home energy audits. In its place, they created Free Energy Saver Kits to help Iowa residents save energy with easy-to-install, energy-efficient products. Each one of these kits is personalized to your needs and is available to all homeowners and renters. Items include LED light bulbs and low-flow faucet aerators, along with other energy-efficient items. Learn more about these products and their installation by downloading the Green Iowa Americorps installation guide (PDF). Visit the Free Energy Saver Kit website and sign up to get your free kit today! 

  1. Past Projects
  2. Current Projects
  3. Future Projects
  4. Bios of Current GIA Members
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory
    • Linn County completed its first greenhouse gas inventory in 2021. The purpose of completing a County-operations greenhouse gas inventory is to assess emissions stemming from County-owned operations such as buildings, etc. The inventory will be updated annually with support from the Linn County Sustainability Department and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives to help review and monitor progress toward the goals and objectives of Linn County’s climate resolutions. 
    • This inventory will help create collaborations among Linn County departments through the Sustainability Council and spread awareness of implementing more sustainable initiatives.
    • View the Greenhouse Gas Inventory (PDF)
  • Pumpkin Smash & Compost at the Ely Public Library 
  • Tabling about Good Neighbor Iowa at Raygun
  • Environmental Justice Workshops
  • Women in Sustainability Three-Part Education Series
  • Compost Stew
  • How to Make Your Own Compost Bin
  • Presenting to an AP Environmental Science & Ijag classes at Washington High School
  • Upcycled Sustainable Ornament Workshop
  • Martin Luther King Day Book Drive
  • Presentation at BlendEd/Washington High School about Leaders in Sustainability
  • Four R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse)
  • Water Quality Scavenger Hunt at Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department
  • Sustainable Periods Product Drive