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.
2014: Member - Allison Granos
A Green Transportation member hosted by Three Rivers Park District, an organization that serves suburban Hennepin County.
About me.I’ve lived in Minnesota my whole life, growing up in Excelsior then attending St. Olaf College (Northfield). I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry and an even greater interest in pursuing a career in environmental health after experiencing all of St. Olaf’s green initiatives and taking many environmentally focused classes. In my free time I love to enjoy Minnesota’s lakes, read, rock climb, and hike.
About my service. I am a Green Transportation Member hosted by Three Rivers Park District, an organization that serves suburban Hennepin County by promoting environmental stewardship through its 27,000 acres of parks and trails. My service focuses on Three Rivers’ continually expanding network of regional trails. I will be working on analyzing gaps between the trails and locations such as Metro Transit stops, Park and Ride lots, schools, and large corporations, in hopes of making bike commuting via the trails feasible for more people. Additionally, I will focus on promoting the use of the regional trails for bike commuting through community outreach to the people of suburban Hennepin County, including kids, people working near the trails, and Three Rivers employees.
Why I serve. After graduating from college, I wasn’t sure what my next step should be, but I knew I was passionate about the environment and wanted to make a difference however possible. So when I stumbled upon the GreenCorps program, I thought it sounded like a perfect opportunity for me to explore the environmental field while gaining valuable work experience and significantly impacting my community. The GreenCorps program’s emphasis on professional development will prepare me for a future environmental career, and hopefully by the end of my service I will be able to determine what career that will be.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Gooseberry Falls State Park and the North Shore of Lake Superior in general. I love the endless hiking and exploring possibilities!
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has started to accept applications for the 2015-2016 year of the Minnesota GreenCorps program.
- Host site: Apply through May 4.
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