2017: Member - Emily Caouette

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Emily CaouetteAbout me. I’m from Hopkins, and went to college at the University of Minnesota where I got a degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Public Health. Although I did spend four years learning about engineering, I want to step away from that and focus more on a career related to sustainability and public health. In my free time, I like to be outside, play soccer, ski, and read.

About my service. I’m a member of the Green Infrastructure - Local Foods track serving at the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency on the Rutabaga Project. The goal of my project is to increase healthy, local food access to the City of Virginia, with a focus on low-income populations. Throughout my service, I will be helping with the local farmer’s markets, community gardens, and cooking and gardening classes, amongst other things.

Why I serve. I am serving in Minnesota GreenCorps because I believe in the importance of community building and civic engagement. MN GreenCorps allows me to do this while also gaining experience and building a network in the environmental field. Serving in the Local Foods track also allows me apply, in conjunction, my two areas of study - Environmental Engineering and Public Health.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I love walking through Father Hennepin Bluff Park and then stepping out onto the Stone Arch Bridge where all of a sudden downtown Minneapolis is right in front of you. It’s so pretty. I also love the crowd the bridge draws: bikers, walkers, runners, inline skaters, Segway-ers, etc. Everyone is just enjoying being outside in a beautiful area.