The Minnesota GreenCorps program, coordinated by the MPCA, aims to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.
Each year, the program places AmeriCorps members with host site organizations around the state to help communities increase resilience to climate change by:
- Reducing solid waste and increasing recycling
- Reducing greenhouse gases and other air pollutants
- Reducing water runoff and improving water quality
- Encouraging eco-friendly behavior
- Reducing disproportionate negative impacts from pollution
Members serve full-time at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. Host sites include cities, counties, tribal nations, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and nonprofit organizations.
Since the program launched in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps members educate community members and youth, coordinate multi-modal transportation events, remove invasive species, plant trees, install rain gardens, benchmark energy, conduct waste sorts, inventory trees, and more. These projects increase the resilience of Minnesota communities from the impacts of climate change.
MN GreenCorps members
Serve a community, address critical environmental issues, and develop green job skills as a Minnesota GreenCorps member!
Members serve full-time for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August.
Each member serves on a project in one of four focus areas:
- Air pollutant reduction, including energy conservation and green transportation
- Community readiness and outreach, including public engagement, education, and volunteer mobilization
- Green infrastructure improvements, including stormwater and urban forestry
- Waste reduction, recycling, and organics management
Members earn a living allowance, health insurance, mental health services with counseling, student loan forbearance on eligible loans, and an education award for education expenses or qualified student loans. Members receive training from the MPCA, develop green job skills, gain professional experience, network with environmental professionals, and are paired with a mentor who provides ongoing guidance.
The MPCA is not currently accepting member applications. See our GreenCorps opportunities page for more information and application details.
Organizations eligible to host Minnesota GreenCorps members include public entities (local, regional, state, and tribal), school districts, public education institutions, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
As a host site, your organization can harness a member's energy and enthusiasm to move your environmental projects forward. Host sites do not pay a fee to participate in the program but are expected to provide supervision, office space, internet and phone service, training, and any resources necessary for members to accomplish their projects. The MPCA manages the recruitment, application, and selection process for Minnesota GreenCorps members.
Members address critical environmental issues through projects such as retrofitting public buildings to save energy, improving public lands, educating community members, preventing waste, and recycling or composting. In addition, Minnesota GreenCorps members engage volunteers in hands-on projects to help communities build their capacity for environmental stewardship and resilience to climate change.
See how the Minnesota GreenCorps program is building organizational capacity and improving communities:
Host site applications
The MPCA is not currently accepting host site applications. We anticipate accepting applications from February through mid-March each year, with the program starting in mid-September.
Partners and funding
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota, AmeriCorps, and the MPCA. Participating host site organizations also provide in-kind resources.
- AmeriCorps is a federal agency that engages Americans in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, veterans’ services, and economic opportunity. The mission of AmeriCorps is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
- ServeMinnesota is the state commission for all AmeriCorps programs in Minnesota, including Minnesota GreenCorps.