2017: Member - Steven Yang

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Steven YangAbout me. I was born and raised in Golden Valley, and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I graduated last May with a Political Science major and an Environmental Studies minor. My interest in the latter grew when I aimlessly took environmental classes as electives, but then realized there was a genuine interest. I had the opportunity to expand my affinity for this subject by studying abroad in Reykjavik, Iceland. I was also an intern for the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. My academic background was perfect for this, since I was embedded into the inner workings of federal environmental policy within the department and its agencies, such as the National Park Service. My environmental interest solidified after that, and I am excited and grateful to serve with Minnesota GreenCorps to continue this route.

About my service. I am on the Stormwater track, and located at Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD). My duties include inspecting Best Management Practice (BMP) sites, managing their BMP database, and conducting follow-up on BMPs. During the last few months of my service, I will be involved in education and outreach. Broadly put, this work will focus on expanding water stewardship to untapped populations within the district. It is imperative to ensure that the mission of the CRWD, and an environmental consciousness, is present within all the district’s diverse communities.

Why I serve. I lack in-the-field environmental experience, and Minnesota GreenCorps is the perfect solution to address this. More importantly though, the community engaging and on the field aspects of MN GreenCorps gives me the opportunity to serve my own Minnesotan communities, an opportunity that has been limited due to college. Being away from here the past few years, my appreciation for Minnesota, its people, and its natural scenery has grown. MN GreenCorps allows me to rediscover and enjoy these three values of mine.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, especially Cedar Lake. I do not live far from Cedar and have fished there all my life. I have fished at many lakes, but seldom do you witness such a pleasing mixture of urban and natural sights and sounds. Fun fact, when I was a curious child, I drank lake water from Cedar to see if I would get sick. Needless to say, I did get sick…not my brightest moment.