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 of enery use avoided; and
- 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 more than 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 and rain garden building.
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Currently there are 38 Minnesota GreenCorps members serving at 36 host sites around the state.
2014: Member - Aubrey Fonfara
Living green member hosted by the city of Minneapolis.
About me. I grew up in rural Wisconsin, next to the Mississippi River surrounded by bluffs and farmland. I graduated from Hamline University in 2009 with a double major in Communication Studies and Environmental studies, and afterwards spent a year abroad teaching English in Europe. I’m really interested in the social side of sustainability, and working directly with people on how to be more conscious about our impact on the environment.
About my service. I’m currently serving with the city of Minneapolis, where I’m working on several projects related to waste reduction and recycling. My main project is to revamp the city’s internal recycling program by making assessments and providing better recycling infrastructure for all fire departments, police precincts, maintenance facilities, and Minneapolis City Hall. A huge part of this job includes creating and providing education to employees and custodians to make sure everyone understands why recycling is important, and to teach people to recycle effectively so we can all work together to reduce waste. Minneapolis is also getting ready to launch a city-wide organics collection program, so I am also helping to provide outreach to the Minneapolis community on organics and recycling education - including planning a big Minneapolis Earth Day event in the spring.
Why I serve. I serve because I believe that every small thing we do can make a huge difference. Environmental issues often seem big and overwhelming, but GreenCorps is a testament to the idea that by being involved in our community, and inspiring others to value ideas like recycling and green living, can ultimately create collective and effective change. My service is giving me the opportunity to focus my interests on social sustainability and work directly in community outreach and education to share my passion for environmental preservation.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. It’s so hard to choose… I’m still becoming acquainted with the Twin Cities as it seems like I discover something new here every day. But I think my favorite places are the North Shore or the bluffs of the Mississippi in the southern half of the state.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 year of the Minnesota GreenCorps program.
- Member: Apply through June 12
- Host site applications are closed (due May 4)