2016: Member - Austin Hauf

2015 member: Austin HaufAbout me. I grew up near Moorhead and attended Concordia College. I spent semesters in Chongqing, China, and Washington, D.C., and graduated in 2015 with majors in Political Science, Global Studies, and Chinese. I first joined Minnesota GreenCorps for the 2015-16 program year, and am now continuing for a second year of service. In my free time I enjoy biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, reading, and cooking.

About my service. I serve as a Green Transportation member with PartnerSHIP 4 Health, based at Clay County Public Health in Moorhead. My role is to promote and facilitate healthy and green forms of transportation, primarily walking and biking. During my first year of service I ran a walkability-focused volunteer shoveling campaign, co-authored a bike share planning study, assisted Concordia College with a Bicycle Friendly University application, and organized a biking and walking tactical urbanism project during StreetsAlive, an annual open streets event held in downtown Moorhead and Fargo. In addition to supporting these ongoing projects during my second year of service, I am also working with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota to establish a local education network to support bicycle education initiatives on an ongoing basis.

Why I serve. During college, my interest in both public service and environmental issues grew steadily. After graduation, I wanted to find a tangible way to advance an environmental cause and serve my home state of Minnesota. GreenCorps provided the opportunity to do just that. It has been not only a fulfilling service experience, but also deepened my knowledge of the active transportation and sustainable development fields.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Duluth and the North Shore. I’ve been there many times, but I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to see and do.