Launched in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide program to help preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. This program places AmeriCorps members with local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around Minnesota, where they will serve for 11 months on focused environmental projects. The program is coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Including the current program year, more than 75 AmeriCorps members have served with 46 organizations across the state. Former and current host site organizations include cities, counties, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and non-profit organizations.
Some results from the first two years of the program include:
- More than 20,000 community members engaged or educated by Minnesota GreenCorps members
- 11-57 percent increase in recycling at participating schools
- 48,187 trees inventoried
- 397,296 kWh avoided
- More than 90 green practices and technologies implemented by participating sites and partners
In the first two years of the program, our members have mobilized over 2,600 community volunteers on service projects around the state, including assistance with environmental fairs, community cleanups, waste sorts, tree inventory/citizen foresters, invasive species removal, tree plantings, gardening, rain garden building.
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Currently there are 28 Minnesota GreenCorps members serving at 25 host sites around the state.
2013: Member - Allison Sawyer
Member hosted by the St. Louis County Environmental Services Department
About me. I grew up in Forest Lake, but wound up in Waterloo, Ontario, where I got my degree in Geography & Environmental Management with a minor in International Development. My interests include sustainable development, tennis, painting, watching too much television, and music.
About my service. A large chunk of my service with St. Louis County Environmental Services Department involves helping St. Louis County schools to improve or launch recycling programs. Cartons are being added to the recycling stream this school year, so I will be providing education and technical assistance to schools while hopefully avoiding as much spilled milk as possible. I'm also working on increasing recycling at local events, helping local businesses and institutions to cut back on paper use, and setting the wheels in motion for a school supply reuse program on the Iron Range.
Why I serve. Coming out of school I was pretty exhausted from the academic setting and was ready to put my degree into action with some practical work experience. Not only does Minnesota GreenCorps provide that experience, but I get to improve Minnesota's environment by teaching others about environmental stewardship and learning to become a better environmental steward myself—your classic win-win-win situation.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I’ve got a soft spot for Taylors Falls. Growing up it was always a go-to location for a day trip filled with hiking, picnicking, or floating down the St. Croix River.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has started to accept applications for the 2014-2015 year of the Minnesota GreenCorps program.
Host site applications are open through May 5. Learn more
Member applications are open through June 6. Learn more
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