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Serving communities for a greener tomorrow

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.

Minnesota GreenCorps members serve full-time at their host site for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. Members implement environmental projects to build climate resilience in one of four topic areas: community readiness and outreach, energy conservation and green transportation, stormwater and forestry, waste reduction and recycling. Sample projects include activities such as coordinating multi-modal transportation events, developing climate action plans, educating community members and youth, removing invasive species, installing rain gardens, benchmarking energy, conducting waste sorts, and more. 

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My time serving with the Leech Lake Band’s Division of Resource Management allowed me to explore jobs available in the environmental field, what their day-to-day duties entailed, and
what I might be able to contribute.”
— Eugene Strowbridge, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Minnesota GreenCorps members

Serve a community, address critical environmental issues, and develop green job skills as a Minnesota GreenCorps member! 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. 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. 

The MPCA is not currently accepting member applications. We anticipate accepting applications from May through mid-June each year, with the program starting in mid-September. Sign up to be notified about unfilled positions and when the next application period opens.

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Host sites

Organizations eligible to host Minnesota GreenCorps members include local, regional, state, and tribal government entities; 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 don't 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.

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. Sign up to be notified when the next application period opens. 

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Program impact

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.

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Member work in the past 3 years
Improved public lands
Assessed energy use
Educated on sustainable practices

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Follow Minnesota GreenCorps on social media to get updates on the program. See members in action and learn more about the impacts the program has on communities throughout Minnesota.

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.
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