Norwalk Energy hub with Vista Satellite Center
"Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions ... and more!"
Four Norwalk Energy Corpsmembers work as a team to install a solar panel atop a street light on the campus of Norwalk State Hospital.
“The Urban Corps Charter School has been an instrumental part of our mission, serving our Corpsmembers and providing an opportunity to advance their educational goals”.
- Rhody Soria, CCC District Director
The California Conservation Corps (CCC) - a state agency - is the oldest and largest state conservation corps program in the nation. From a small beginning, the CCC has grown to its current size with residential and nonresidential sites throughout the state.
Modeled after the original federal Civilian Conservation Corps created in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt, today's California program was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 7, 1976.
The nonresidential Norwalk Energy Hub and Vista Satellite were established in 2017 in response to the increasing demand for labor focused on energy conservation projects.
The energy program previously focused on Proposition 39 projects, providing a trained labor force to perform industry standard (ASHRAE Level II) energy surveys. Because the cost of lighting is usually the highest cost for a school district, the Energy Corpsmembers focus primarily on lighting retrofits in schools.
Work is performed in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. The Energy Region is expanding to include HVAC controls, solar projects, smart power strips, and more.
March 2016 - District Director Rhody Soria with CCC and Urban Corps Corpsmembers, joining Assemblymember Toni Atkins in Sacramento for the annual Corps Government Education Day.