Iowa City’s Climate Ambassador Program Aims to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) — Many Iowa City leaders say change starts in their own home. This is how they created the Climate Action Ambassador program.
For over a year now, Megan Hill has been the Climate Action Engagement Specialist and leads the program.
“Studies show you’re 4 times more likely to take climate action if it’s suggested to you by someone you know, rather than someone you don’t know,” Hill said. “We want ambassadors to have meaningful conversations with their neighbors, their friends, their family.”
There aren’t too many requirements for the job, mostly a genuine desire to help and educate others.
For Zach Haralson, it was a natural choice.
“Climate change is, to me, the biggest, most important issue we can tackle these days, because it cuts across pretty much every other intersection anyone could possibly care about,” Haralson said.
As a Climate Ambassador, he was able to expand his social circle and help influence many locals to do all they can to reduce their carbon footprint.
“Insulation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your energy use and emissions,” Hill said.
The training lasts 8 weeks and involves a combination of self-paced e-learning modules and weekly group meetings with other trainees.
“It doesn’t take too long, it’s super interesting things you learn. There’s not a huge commitment, so if you think it’s interesting, go for it. Haralson said.
They hire several ambassadors every two seasons. The application for the fall and winter terms will be available starting next week.
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