2017: Member - Christina Vang

2017 GreenCorps member Christina VangAbout me. I grew up on the east side of Saint Paul and went camping every year at Whitewater State Park as a child. College for me started at the University of Minnesota – Morris where I was pursuing a degree in biology with the plan of becoming a Pediatrician. After a freshman course where I volunteered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife in Morris, I came to realization of my appreciation and joy for the environment and protecting it for future generations. My career plan shifted and I transferred to the University of Minnesota and graduated in May 2017 with a B.S. in Sustainable Systems Management with an emphasis in Energy Systems. I also graduated with two minors in Sustainability Studies and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

About my service. I am serving at Second Harvest Heartland in the Waste Prevention & Recycling track. I can fit into the Local Foods track as well since I am focusing on food waste. My work is focused on sustainable organics waste management. Throughout my service year, I will be focusing on produce quality and developing food waste prevention strategies based on what is in place already.

Why I serve. As a recent graduate, I wanted to explore a career in sustainability and get involved with local communities. Being a MN GreenCorps member and serving at Second Harvest Heartland has given me opportunities to get hands on experience on projects that directly help food insecure communities. This service year will give me resources, networks, and skills for my future career path.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Even though I don’t get to Duluth much, I love the scenery and its smaller city feel. I also enjoy exploring the Twin Cities for parks, restaurants, and events.