PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Green Corps
, the field school for environmental organizing, responded today to a recent article
in Forbes magazine naming five strategies to turn employees into leaders.
Established in 1992 as a training ground for environmental organizers, Green Corps has more than 20 years of experience in growing the next generation of environmental leaders and putting the strategies outlined in the Forbes article into practice. According to the article, the five strategies include: teaching leaders to network; giving them experience; allowing them to struggle a little; being a mentor; and creating an ownership mentality.
"All of these strategies are carried out in our two-year training," said Josh Buswell-Charkow, executive director of Green Corps. "We use these exact strategies for a very specific purpose: to train the next generation of environmental leaders to carry out grassroots campaigns across the country."
In particular, the organization focuses on teamwork, mentorship, and providing applicable experience, three key strategies named in the Forbes article. The training program has participants spend 85 percent of their time outside the classroom and working on real environmental issues and campaigns happening on the ground. Trainees also work in team settings and receive mentors, learning from the best in the environmental field.
And these strategies have a proven record of success. From protecting ancient forests to inciting activity on university campuses, graduates of Green Corps have won significant victories over the institution's 20-year history. Kimberly Larson, who graduated from the program in 1996, currently serves as the communications director of Climate Solutions, where she strives to prevent the development of the West Coast into a coal corridor. Justin Ruben, who graduated a year after Larson, is the president of Moveon.org who has done a great deal to support important social issues, such as healthcare reform. Sarah Hodgdon, class of 1994, serves as the national program director for the Sierra Club, which allows her to oversee campaigns to protect ancient forests on a national level. Finally, Sriram Madhusoodanan, who graduated from the program in 2010, acts as a national campaign organizer for Corporate Accountability International. Here, Madhusoodanan spearheads efforts to educate the public about the dangers of fast food and stop companies from marketing unhealthy foods to kids.
"The organizing and leadership skills that Green Corps trainees learn give them the ability to make a real difference on important environmental issues and build the grassroots support we need to win environmental campaigns," said Buswell-Charkow. "In other words, leadership is key to protecting our planet."
is a non-profit field school for environmental organizing established in 1992 to give young leaders the classroom and field-based experience to win environmental campaigns across the country. To date, more than 300 participants have graduated from the program.