Press Release

Earth Day Network and The Corps Network Announce Partnership for Earth Day 2020

Washington D.C – Earth Day Network, the global coordinator of Earth Day, has announced a new partnership with The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps in the United States, in support of the Great Global Cleanup™. Together, both organizations will work together in mobilizing their respective networks towards achieving tangible impacts on waste in our environment and inspiring others to act. The partnership comes at a time when momentum for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day continues to build. Launched for Earth Day 2019, the Great Global Cleanup™ organized over 5,000 cleanups and saw 500,000 volunteers in all 50 U.S. states, territories, and select Canadian cities tackle plastic pollution and encourage individual and government changes towards consumption. “We are excited to be working and volunteering alongside The Corps Networks’ dedicated members,” said Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers. “Together, the Great Global Cleanup™ can lead to lasting change in how we as a planet deal with waste.” Based in Washington, DC, The Corps Network has a membership of more than 130 Service and Conservation Corps across the United States. Corps are programs that annually engage over 25,000 young adults and recent veterans in service projects that address conservation and community concerns. Through a term of service that could last from a few months to a year, Corps participants gain work experience and job skills for the expanding outdoor and green economies. Since 1985, The Corps Network has served Corps through advocacy and providing access to funding, project opportunities, and technical assistance. “The ethics of service and conservation are at the heart of the Corps movement,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “We look forward to working with Earth Day Network to engage more young people and communities throughout the United States in helping clean up our environment on Earth Day and beyond.” Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilized over 20 million citizens to demand action on the environmental challenges of the time. Today Earth Day is observed in around 190 countries and mobilizes one billion people and close to 100,000 organizations. The overarching theme for Earth Day 2020, 22 April, is climate change. About Us Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), Earth Day Network works with more than 75,000 partners in 190 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at About The Corps Network The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps, provides leadership and support to over 130 Corps across the United States. Through advocacy, and providing access to funding opportunities and expert guidance, The Corps Network annually enables more than 25,000 Corps members to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service. To learn more about The Corps Network, please visit For more information, please contact – Nick Nuttall, Strategic Communications Director/Deputy Spokesperson, Earth Day Network on email: [email protected] For more information about The Corps Network, please contact – Hannah Traverse, Communications Manager, The Corps Network on email: [email protected]