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 energy 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 - Amber Brooks-Mohler
Green Infrastructure – Urban Forestry member serving at the city of Prior Lake.
About me. As someone who enjoys the outdoors my passion lies in natural resources management and conservation. I graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where I majored in fisheries and wildlife with an emphasis in wildlife biology and a minor in environmental science policy and management. I have lived in the Twin Cities area for 15 years and consider Minnesota my home. I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
About my service. As a Green Infrastructure – Urban Forestry member serving at the City of Prior Lake, I work with the city and local community to ensure the health and sustainability of area forests. In this position I work closely with volunteer groups and other organizations to develop sustainable forestry programs and practices that will continue past my service. I also work closely with our stormwater engineer on public outreach.
Featured story on one Amber's projects: Water quality in Prior Lake got a boost thanks to 100 volunteers who participated in the second semi-annual Clean Water Clean Up in Memorial Park. By collecting over 2.5 tons of organic waste, volunteers prevented it from washing into storm drains and polluting local waters. “Our volunteers were incredible,” Amber said. “It was great to see so many members of the community concerned for the environment, especially so many children and families. You could really feel a sense of community.”
Why I serve. As a Minnesota resident and outdoor enthusiast I understand the importance of natural resources management and conservation. I believe that as environmental ambassadors, environmental professionals are responsible for educating their community. I serve because I want to give back to my community and to the outdoors. I am driven to educate the public on environmental issues and to serve as an environmental ambassador. I am honored to work alongside environmental professionals in the City of Prior Lake and the Minnesota GreenCorps to ensure a greener tomorrow.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. The bluffs in the southern part of the state. The impressive and unique geology of this area is unlike anything else in the state and is a natural gem for our state.
Closed. Application periods for members and host sites are closed.
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