In 2005 and again in 2010, Civic Works was named an innovative AmeriCorps program by Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the field of service and America’s Service Commissions (ASC), a non-profit group that represents state service commissions throughout the U.S. Civic Works was one of 51 programs selected from across the country as an innovative AmeriCorps program. Learn more about Innovative AmeriCorps Programs.


In February 2016, The Corps Network re-certified Civic Works under its Excellence in Corps Operations (ECO) program. In evaluating Civic Works, The Corps Network said, “Civic Works is a very effective organization which does a phenomenal job in serving local youth in need of a Corps experience and completing project work invaluable to the surrounding communities. Its strengths include constant innovation and being on top of program trends. The portfolio of programs being run by Civic Works is extremely impressive.” Learn more about Excellence in Corps Operations.


In 2003, Civic Works was granted a renewal of its PEPNET (Promising and Effective Practices) designation by the National Youth Employment Coalition as one of the most effective youth programs in the country – serving as a model for youth initiatives nationwide. This renewal of our 1999 award was the result of a rigorous review and application that verified our goals, results, methods, and practices. Civic Works met and exceeded criteria in all five categories: Purpose and Activities; Organization and Management; Youth Development; Workforce Development; and Evidence of Success. Learn more about PEPNET.

Wintergreen Award

In 2013, Civic Work’s Center for Sustainable Careers was awarded the Wintergreen Award for Green Building Leadership from the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The award recognizes excellence in high performance building design, environmental stewardship and community impact; and highlights the green building initiatives and achievements of Maryland projects, businesses, and community members. Learn more about Maryland Wintergreen.

Bright Light Award

In 2013, Civic Work’s Center for Sustainable Careers was awarded the Bright Light Award from the Maryland Clean Energy Center for removing barriers to success in the clean energy sector and making renewable energy technology accessible to more Maryland residents. Learn more about the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Sustainable Growth Award

In 2016, Civic Work’s Center for Sustainable Careers was awarded with the Sustainable Growth Award for Leadership and Service from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission for educating Baltimore communities on the benefits of sustainable options and enhancing residents’ quality of life through energy improvements and making homeownership more affordable. Learn more about Sustainable Growth.

International Renewable Energy Council Accreditation

In 2020, Civic Work’s Center for Sustainable Careers received accreditation for CSC’s Energy Retrofit Installer Training from the International Renewable Energy Council. Learn more about International Renewable Energy Council Accreditation.