2017: Member - Andrew Boucher

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Andrew BoucherAbout me. My name is Andrew Boucher and I grew up in Crookston, Minn. I spent the last five years pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainability with an emphasis in Environmental Policy and a minor in Economics. In addition to my service year, I am also pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Systems in my free time. After my service year, I plan to move to Washington to take the next step in my career, and the Minnesota GreenCorps program felt like an incredible first step.

About my service. I am serving with the city of Warren in the Energy Conservation/Air Quality track. My work consists of three focuses. The first is coordinating with the Unmanned Aircraft Systems instructors at Northland Technical College to conduct thermal imaging surveys using drone technology. The second is to communicate to both the owners/operators of commercial/public buildings as well as private residents the results of these surveys to best identify improvements in money spent on energy consumption. The last part is to update and maintain data on building energy usage through the B3 benchmarking application.

Why I serve. I decided to serve in Minnesota GreenCorps because I realized that my time in Minnesota for the foreseeable future may be coming to an end, so I wanted to repay the state that allowed me to grow and thrive like I have up to this point in my life. The only way that seemed fitting was to help maintain the natural resources and environment that is so unique to Minnesota. In many ways, Minnesota GreenCorps has allowed a number of aspects in my life to come full circle!

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. St. Paul, as the vast majority of my extended family lives there and there are so many incredible memories associated with that city.