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 - Alisa Hoven
Hosted by Hope Community, Inc. in Minneapolis
About me. I went to Augsburg College and earned a B.S. in Social Work. In 2008, I completed a bicycle trip along the 2,300 miles of the Mississippi River and published a book of short stories from my journey. I’ve worked with the Montana Conservation Corps as a Youth Crew Leader, helped handle sled dogs on a rustic homestead in the Northwoods and have spent the last three years leading canoe and dogsled expeditions with Voyageur Outward Bound School near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I am currently earning my Masters in Experiential Education. I have big dreams of one day starting my own educational non-profit, tying together education, food and the environment. For now, you can assuredly find me on by bicycle, writing, digging in the dirt or scheming up my next adventure.
About my service. My GreenCorps site is with Hope Community, Inc. Hope’s work includes developing accordable residential/commercial and welcoming public/community spaces, and broad community-engagement activities involving youth and adults from Hope and from the greater community. Hope’s community engagement activities range from youth mural projects, to community gardens, to entrepreneurial classes, to leader development and community organizing. My GreenCorps service will focus on community engagement and coordinating “entry point” opportunities that will increase knowledge and practice of new sustainable behaviors. I will work with community members to grow, cook and share local healthy foods; promote active living through our Bike Library program; plan and design community growing spaces; participate in a Listening Project around food and health; and develop opportunities for youth to explore our urban environments and discover their sense of place.
Why I serve. I serve because I value my community and believe that my participation and involvement is important. I want to work on environmental issues around food justice and land stewardship. GreenCorps affords an opportunity for me to jump right in and get my hands dirty, in both environmental organizing and engaging the community around sustainable practices. I hope to use the education award towards the completion of my graduate program and use the connections I make at Hope Community as nourishing roots that form the foundation in my work for the future.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I can’t pick just one. North shore of Lake Superior, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the secret paths that lead down to the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis and the bluffs of the St. Croix River.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is currently accepting member applications for the 2014-2015 year of the Minnesota GreenCorps program for the following positions:
- Hennepin County - Minneapolis. Assist the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services with developing and implementing two pilot projects designed to improve waste diversion and reduce discarded bulky waste and textiles at multi-family properties.
- Western Lake Superior Sanitary District - Duluth. Assist the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) with developing and implementing school organics and recycling programs.
Member applications are open for this position until filled. Learn more