Originally from Bellevue, NE, AmeriCorps member Amanda Gangwish is equipped with a dual degree in biology and environmental studies from the University of Nebraska. She approaches this work with a drive to push the United States to become a world leader in clean energy and take conscious steps to protect the world’s natural resources for future generations.

Amanda was attracted to the Common Ground program because it provides her with the opportunity to share environmental knowledge with others, developing communities that adopt environmentally-conscious lifestyles.

There are so many great organizations in Nebraska to support and follow. When asked what sets Common Ground apart from other groups, Amanda said, “We are a nonpartisan group with a mission to protect Nebraska’s natural resources through education.”

Amanda’s Common Ground service spans the southeast region of Nebraska, including the communities of Lincoln, Nebraska City, Crete, Seward, and Beatrice. She has observed that the most prominent conservation issues in these communities are recycling and clean energy. Despite these challenges, Amanda notes that these communities are willing and eager to work toward a better future.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and reading books about climate change and the environment. Her passion for the natural world shines from all aspects of her life. Thanks for your service, Amanda!