2016: Member - Hannah Garry

2016 GreenCorps member: Hannah GarryAbout me. I grew up in south Minneapolis and attended Luther College for undergrad where I majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. I never thought I’d fall in love with anything about Iowa, but Decorah’s bluffs, prairies and rivers captured my heart pretty quickly. I love playing Ultimate Frisbee and outdoor activities like swimming, biking and paddle boarding. In my spare time I also enjoy cooking and eating good food. I’m excited to be back in Minneapolis for now and looking forward to traveling to new places in the future.

About my service. I’m a member of the Living Green track hosted by the city of Golden Valley. My service is focused on helping with the development of their Climate and Resiliency plan and helping them progress through the GreenStep Cities program. I also am helping out with some sustainability outreach initiatives in the city by aiding volunteers and creating educational resources for community members.

Why I serve. I see protecting the environment as a sort of “all hands on deck” situation—we’re at the point where in order to make a difference, everyone, no matter their specialty or focus, will need to help out in whatever way they can. Being a MN GreenCorps member lets you work alongside people with different backgrounds and interests who came to care about sustainability for multiple different reasons, but nonetheless it’s a goal you share. Being a member has introduced me to smart, passionate people who are working to protect the natural world in ways I never even knew existed. It’s eye-opening, inspiring, and it gives me hope for the future.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I have a soft spot for any of the Minneapolis lakes, especially Cedar or Lake of the Isles. They’re not the most rugged or remote natural areas in Minnesota, but their calm waters are perfect for swimming or canoeing and they’re right in the heart of the city. The lakes are one reason why I love living in Minneapolis so much; living in an urban area doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice spending time outdoors in great parks and open spaces.