2016: Member - Matt Rogotzke

2016 GreenCorps member: Matt RogotzkeAbout me. From Duluth, grew up on a maple syrup farm and fished in Alaska for four summers. Graduated from St. John’s University with a finance degree and an environmental studies minor. I was thrilled about the opportunity to serve as a GreenCorps member and now am with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe for year two. (Also, ISTJ if we’re getting personal.)

About my service. Serving with Leech Lake has been incredible, as I have learned insights into local government. Projects I have and am working on include seeking energy service performance contracting for the Band, to increase energy efficiency efforts. Along with this, I am helping develop a broad energy plan for the Reservation to provide guidance for a sustainable future. Also, I have contributed to efforts in developing a solar array for low-income Band Members, as well as planting a 300-tree apple site.

Why I serve. This is a cliché, but I want to make the world a better place and there’s no better place to focus than on the environment. Working to make Leech Lake a better place has been incredibly rewarding as we have already achieved a lot here, but there’s always more to go. I hope to continue this pursuit and am thankful for the opportunities provided by the Minnesota GreenCorps program.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I love being outside and biking is a great way to experience all parts of Minnesota! The various bike trails around the state take you through forests, plains, past lakes and rivers where you can meet many critters. However, my favorite place has to be the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The silent, pristine nature is a much needed respite from normal life.