In 2015, the Stormwater Management Team began to sponsor two AmeriCorps members. The Community Action Committee (CAC) AmeriCorps is an environmental service program that has been in operation in Knoxville, TN since 1994. It currently consists of about 60 members serving in different organizations throughout Knoxville and the surrounding Eastern Tennessee region. This program is committed to human and environmental justice in our communities through completing acts of service. CAC AmeriCorps members work to improve public lands, streams and greenways, educate the public, meet immediate human needs through disaster response, eliminate barriers to employment, contribute to healthier lifestyles and build volunteer capacity to enhance the ability of our partners to get things done. The AmeriCorps members at Oak Ridge are responsible for running the Healthy Waters program, completing the public outreach and education components of the NPDES permit, facilitating the Adopt-A-Stream program, building relationships with other organizations, and participating in water quality education. Each of the AmeriCorps Stormwater Teams that have served in Oak Ridge have brought unique individuals, new ideas and advances to the Stormwater Division.
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Tabitha moved to Tennessee from Winder, Georgia after graduating from Georgia College and State University with a degree in Public Health and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Tabitha is excited to serve the City of Oak Ridge, collaborate with the local community, and to learn more about the importance of sustainability and conservation through the maintenance of municipal stormwater systems. She hopes to later incorporate this knowledge into a career within the field of emergency management.
Kait grew up in the Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire. She graduated from Smith College in western Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Geoscience and a minor in Japanese. Before moving to Tennessee, she taught English for two years in Japan, but wants to get back into the sciences, specifically with environmental education and outreach. Kait is really looking forward to getting to know the City of Oak Ridge and its local community, and to improve the health of its local waters.
Sarah Benham and Haley Brinkley
Sarah moved to Oak Ridge from Corvallis, Oregon where she graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Environmental Sciences and a concentration in Conservation, Resources and Sustainability. Sarah’s favorite part about working for the City of Oak Ridge has been meeting all the wonderful community members who attend our events. Her plan for the future is to continuing working with communities to help promote sustainability and conservation.
Haley was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with her degree in Environmental Engineering and has been pursuing stormwater experience ever since. Haley loves learning about the City of Oak Ridge and encouraging community members to take action. She plans to pursue a career in water resource engineering to create solutions for environmental issues.