Date and Time: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.
Welcome: Katy Hussey-Sloniker, Learning Officer, Office of Research and Evaluation, AmeriCorps
Introduction: Mary Hyde, Ph.D., Director, Office of Research and Evaluation, AmeriCorps
- Lily Zandniapour, Ph.D., Office of Research and Evaluation, AmeriCorps
- Scott Scherbinski, Program Director for Nevada Conservation Corps, Great Basin Institute
- Ben Miller, Project Manager for the ROI Studies Project, ICF
- Dominic Modicamore, Technical Lead for the ROI Studies Project, ICF
- George Voigt, Economics Analyst for the ROI Studies Project, ICF
Reflection: Benjamin Olsen, Deputy Regional Administrator, West Region, AmeriCorps
Q&A: Emily McDonald, Ph.D., Research Analyst, Office of Research and Evaluation, AmeriCorps
Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC) is an environmental service program of the Great Basin Institute dedicated to promoting field research and direct conservation service. NCC has utilized AmeriCorps support for its conservation work since 1999. NCC supports Nevada’s communities and public lands by deploying forestry teams to mitigate fire threats, reduce the spread of invasive species, and restore and re-designate trails. This ROI study by ICF advances novel strategies for monetizing outcomes associated with preserved ecosystem services, for reduced carbon dioxide equivalents emissions from reduced wildfire acres burned, and for discounting ecosystem benefits over regrowth periods.
AmeriCorps discussed the portfolio of work associated with calculating ROI on National Service, the novel strategy specific to ROI calculation associated with forestry risk mitigation, and the grantee perspective in both participating in the study and how this work contributes to their value proposition within their community.