2017: Member - Mehjabeen Rahman

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Mehjabeen RahmanAbout me. I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and have had the opportunity to live on three different continents so far. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wellesley College where I had the opportunity to conduct research in New England, Costa Rica and Belize. After graduation, I realized that I wanted to focus on creating systemic and concrete changes, which led to my Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Policy from Michigan Technological University. I love to travel and spend a lot of my free time planning my next adventure!

About my service. I am a Green Transportation member at the city of Edina where I am exploring ways in which to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the city fleet. This project requires me to collaborate with both external and internal stakeholders to benchmark current emissions and processes as well as provide recommendations for the future. I will also be working with the Transportation Planning team to quantify and assess components of the Living Streets framework as it applies to city values and policy.

Why I serve. Public service is something that I have always been passionate about. Being a Minnesota GreenCorps member allows me to serve the community I live in, and to learn something new every day about sustainable transportation and how public agencies work. I hope that my time with the city leads to long-term impacts on emissions reduction in Edina.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Minnehaha Falls and other urban parks. I love the fact that Minnesota has so many natural areas tucked into urban and suburban neighborhoods.