2014: Member - Andrew Hagmann

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.