The MPCA is now accepting applications from community-focused individuals who would like to become Minnesota GreenCorps members. Applicants can serve at one of 44 selected sites in the 2020-2021 season. See the complete list of location and project summaries here.
The program — part of AmeriCorps and coordinated by the MPCA — matches MN GreenCorps members with host sites around the state (cities, counties, public schools, universities, watershed districts, nonprofit organizations, and more) to address environmental issues and community resilience, and train a new generation of environmental professionals.
MN GreenCorps members serve at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August, assisting communities and local governments to:
- Reduce solid waste and increase recycling in Minnesota communities
- Reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and other air pollutants
- Reduce water runoff and improve water quality
- Assist community members to take eco-friendly actions
- Increase community resilience and build local capacity to respond to the threats of climate change
People who’ve previously served in GreenCorps are enthusiastic about the program.
Matt Rogotzke served his term by helping the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe improve energy efficiency in their facilities, site solar panels for Tribal members, and plant apple trees at a community center. “Not only did my Leech Lake experience improve my understanding of environmental policy, but it taught me the importance of local governments and public service,” Matt says. ““My advice to anyone considering Minnesota GreenCorps is just do it.”
In her GreenCorps year, Mehjabeen Rahman worked with the City of Edina on green transportation. That included creating a plan to make the city’s vehicle fleet more sustainable. “I came to the GreenCorps Program with several years of previous work experience, but this program is unique in that it really allows you to have ownership of the project,” Mehjabeen says.
Sarah Alexander was a GreenCorps member with H2O for Life in White Bear Lake, where she provided education on local water resources and conservation. She calls the program “a phenomenal opportunity to gain real-world experience in the environmental field, build connections with key people to expand your network, hone valuable skills, and be in a rewarding position."
Katie Jones Schmitt credits Minnesota GreenCorps with her professional career trajectory. She served her term with Clean Energy Resource Teams assisting public building managers at schools, cities, and counties throughout the state on benchmarking energy use. “The network that I built through my Minnesota GreenCorps host site is the reason why I am where I am today,” says Katie, who went on to work for the Center for Energy and the Environment.