2017: Member - Lydia Campbell

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Lydia CampbellAbout me. I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and have had a desire to work in the field of environmental science since high school. After obtaining my Associate’s Degree from a community college, I attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Waste Management with double minors in Water Resources and Soil Science. I am passionate about natural resources and this is reflected in my love of hiking, running, kayaking, reading, and exploring new things. I also enjoy cooking and eating good food.

About my service. I am serving with Carver County Environmental Services Department as a Waste Prevention and Recycling member where I am focused on two projects. My main project aims to create new partnerships between restaurants and food security programs in order to divert edible food from being wasted and feed those in need. For my other project, I’m involved in implementing a curbside compost collection program. My time is also shared with the Minnesota Composting Council with whom I am conducting an Economic Impact Study of the Minnesota Compost Industry and assisting with workshops.

Why I serve. I chose to serve with MN GreenCorps because I firmly believe that community service is a vital tool for creating healthy communities and healthy individuals. Being a member of Minnesota GreenCorps is a challenge that I welcome, knowing that the work I’m doing is worthwhile and the personal growth it brings is invaluable. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” and I’m excited to be a part of that change.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. My favorite place so far is William O’Brien State Park. However, since moving here in September I haven’t yet had much time to get out, so I’m most looking forward to exploring the Driftless Region and Boundary Waters!