2016: Member - Stephanie Bierman

2016 GreenCorps member: Stephanie BiermanAbout me. I grew up in the Twin Cities suburbs, and graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with an Applied Physics degree. I chose physics because I liked solving problems, but I also enjoyed knowing that something could be created from those problems. During my time there, I was also able to do a lot of traveling and be a part of the swim team. Both of these things fostered my love for being active and exploring new places. I still love to explore at any chance I get, even if it's close to home.

About my service. I am serving for the city of Coon Rapids in the Waste Prevention and Recycling track. My work here focuses on multi-unit buildings, and implementing projects to help them improve their recycling. This includes working directly with property managers and owners, along with haulers and city codes. My office is in the city building next to the recycling center, so I am also discovering how that works, and learning from the surrounding cities about how they run their programs as well.

Why I serve. In my travels, I've seen a lot of amazing natural beauty, but also a lot of the harsh impacts we've had on our world. My experience traveling, along with growing up enjoying the outdoors, has brought me to want to preserve these places, and reduce the impacts we are having on them. After spending my undergrad learning the more technical aspects of math and physics, I wanted an experience with sustainability to learn about the options in this field, and possibly find a way I can connect it back with physics. MN Green Corps has given me the opportunity to explore options I would not have known were available otherwise.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. The lakes. I've grown up spending every summer at a lake, and I never get tired of the kayaking, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and relaxing that can be done at a lake. I love the familiar lake that I spend with my family, but I also love exploring new ones.