2017: Member - Pete Holmes

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Pete HolmesAbout me. I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before attending the University of St. Thomas. I graduated with a degree in environmental studies and geography, spending a semester studying sustainability and environmental action in Australia my senior year. In my free time, I enjoy hiking at state/national parks, playing basketball, mastering Thai food recipes, and watching movies at the cheap theaters.

About my service. I am serving as an Energy Conservation member for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake. My role is to assist with increasing energy efficiency in local government buildings through energy service performance contracting. Along with this, I provide outreach and promote alternative energy to community members such as solar installations for low-income Band members. In the spring, I hope to expand on our 300-tree apple site in order to provide more options for local and sustainable food sources on the reservation.

Why I serve. I wanted to explore a possible career in sustainability and solving environmental issues. Being a MN GreenCorps member allows me to surround myself with experts while also serving a community in need.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Lake Itasca State Park. I’ve only been there twice, but I instantly fell in love with the hiking trails, especially in the fall. The solitude, the wildlife watching, and what seems like endless space to explore will keep me going back.