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 Osberg
Living Green member focused on air quality, hosted by Transit for Livable Communities (TLC)
About me. My training is in journalism and art but I have deep roots and a vested interest in environmentalism and transportation. I grew up in Excelsior, Minn., a streetcar suburb where everything I needed was in walking distance. For high school I carpooled two hours a day to Perpich Center for the Arts where I loved the school but dreaded the commute. Living a year in Normandy, France, to study animation, sculpture and art history, I experienced the glory of comprehensive transit and trains. At Hamline University where I studied international journalism and media arts, I discovered just how dependent Minnesotans are on cars and how much I didn’t want to be. For my semester abroad I studied in Zhuhai and worked in Macau, China, where the overwhelming majority of people walked, bicycled, scootered, bused or hailed Hēichē—“black cars” or illegal taxis. When I moved back, I ditched my car and now I bicycle year round in Minneapolis making art, teaching and community organizing.
About my service. As a “Living Green” member focused on air quality, I am working with the non-profit organization Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) to develop a partnership program called Transportation Options. The idea is to pair volunteer transit users and bicyclists with qualified but cash-strapped individuals and families of the same community that are interested in lessening the financial burden of owning a car but don’t know where to start. In partnering with various financial opportunity centers and empowerment organizations, we hope to make non-motor vehicle transportation options a more substantial part of the budgeting and savings conversation and therefore get more people out of their cars, saving money, getting healthy and saving our environment.
Why I serve. I’m a GreenCorps member because I want to know the work I do is meaningful and effecting change. GreenCorps does this at both micro and macro levels. Although change in air quality and improving transportation infrastructure may take years if not decades to see, I see change on a day-to-day basis when TLC cultivates authentic relationships with other organizations, individuals, volunteers and members who are inspired to imagine sustainable solutions outside our car-centric culture. I serve because even those smaller changes are immensely gratifying and I have to believe they’re leading us to greater change.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I love all our lakes—especially Lake Pepin and Lake Superior. Someday I plan to get lost in the Boundary Waters. Did you know Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined? Amazing.
Application rounds are closed for 2014-2015 year of the Minnesota GreenCorps program.
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Member applications are no longer being accepted for this program year (closed July 6).
Host site applications are no longer being accepted for this program year (closed May 5).