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 - Andrew Hagmann
Energy conservation member hosted by Independent School District 197 in Mendota Heights.
About me. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, I graduated from college in 2013 with a B.A. in Public Health from the University of St. Thomas. During my studies I was involved in numerous "green" initiatives on campus and my greatest interests were, and still are, related to the environment and sustainability. I now live in St. Paul where you can often find me enjoying the many bike trails, parks, green spaces, and awesome restaurants.
About my service. I am an energy conservation member hosted by Independent School District 197 in Mendota Heights. Ultimately, my goal is to reduce energy use and produce measurable savings district wide. This will result in numerous benefits from a smaller carbon footprint to increased fund availability in the district education budget. I will be attempting to accomplish this through the implementation of behavior change programs for students and staff, and by analyzing energy tracking systems such as B3 Benchmarking and EnergyPrint.
Why I serve. Serving in the GreenCorps program provides me with an incredible opportunity to explore my environmental interests in a professional setting. There is an immense amount of support from GreenCorps staff and from the members at my host site, which has allowed me to learn about energy, community engagement, and so much more. As a recent graduate I wanted to finally put my education to work in an area that I was passionate about and I found that in the GreenCorps program. It gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact in my community and to see that impact play out over the course of my service.
My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I don't think I could pick just one. Some of my top picks are the bluffs of Red Wing, the North Shore of Lake Superior near Lutsen and the Split Rock Lighthouse, and the waters of Lake Minnetonka.