The Green Corps was formed in 1992 to train future environmental and social activists. Now more than 250 have been trained, and alumni include the executive directors of Greenpeace and MoveOn.org. Thirty-five college grads are selected each year for this paid, year-long training program. It’s known as a non-profit field school for environmental organizing.
The Green Corps was formed initially by U.S. Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) on college campuses, reacting to post-Earth Day 1990 inertia. A new generation of leaders had to be groomed. Since its inception its campaigns have included raising awareness about global warming, exposing abuses within the bottled water industry, protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, stopping ocean dumping, protecting forests, and safeguarding fisheries.