2017: Member - Kendra Klenz

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Kendra KlenzAbout me. I grew up in Roseville and recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in both economics and environmental studies. I was drawn to environmental studies because it is wildly interdisciplinary and it emphasizes the importance, and challenge, of determining where the environment fits in when it is missing from a story or equation. In addition to service, I spend my time drawing, hiking, drinking tea, and listening to podcasts.

About my service. As a Waste Prevention and Recycling member serving Lake County, my overarching goal is to increase recycling participation throughout the county. At the start of service, I am conducting a survey among residents and other stakeholders in the county to understand current waste activities and concerns. From that, I will identify challenges and needs regarding recycling and implement relevant projects in response. I look forward to making partnerships with institutions in the county to promote waste reduction and recycling through education and practice.

Why I serve. I serve in MN GreenCorps because it provides an opportunity for an institution to give attention to an issue and make tangible efforts to reduce its environmental impact. While I bring my enthusiasm and skills to Lake County, I know I will learn so much this year, including what it means to be in public service, which I hope to continue beyond this year.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. While the North Shore is growing on me, and seeing the sun rise over Lake Superior every morning takes my breath away, my favorite place to visit is Como Park in St. Paul. Growing up within blocks of the park, I have been there more times than I can possibly count. There are many places I find beautiful all over Minnesota, but the accessibility of Como Park allows me to call it home.