2013: Member - Mariella Ojeda

About me. I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, and have lived here the majority of my life. I attended Hamline University (Saint Paul) with a major in Environmental Studies, a concentration in Physics, and a minor in Art History. Throughout my college career, I was involved in various organizations related to the environmental field, community service, and social justice. I currently live in Saint Paul, where I enjoy reading, drawing, music, spending time with family and friends, and catching up on my "stories!"

About my service. I serve as a Living Green member at the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) in south Minneapolis. LEDC is a membership-based non-profit organization committed to providing better economic opportunities for Latinos in Minnesota, especially those interested in starting their own businesses. My specific responsibilities for LEDC's Green Initiative include providing direct outreach and technical assistance to Latino business owners in regards to environmental issues and green business practices; connecting them to resources to improve energy performance of their facilities; assisting them to communicate with customers about the importance of environmental issues and how to address them; and collecting and analyzing data on the impacts of LEDC’s Green Initiative.

Why I serve. I like to meet new people, hear their stories, and connect with them on common interests and passions. Coming from a very diverse background, including Mexican cultural ties, this position gives me the perfect opportunity to not only mix my stories with those of the Latino community in the Twin Cities metro, but also to help improve energy efficiency and sustainability. It's a beautiful thing to see people look outside of themselves and into the entire welfare of their community and environment.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Since I live across from the fairgrounds, my favorite place to visit is the State Fair! Pronto pups are the BEST! Valleyfair is a close second.