GreenCorps alumnus: Mark Riegel

Minnesota GreenCorps alumnus: Mark RiegelNew York native Mark Riegel fell in love with the Twin Cities and Minnesota when he moved here to attend college.

Mark is now a planner with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, where he works to improve and streamline the environmental review program. He also provides a helping hand to governmental units that are carrying out the environmental review process.

Mark spent his Minnesota GreenCorps year in 2014-15 serving with the city of Saint Paul, where he helped implement sustainable transportation policies. He helped execute St. Paul’s first citywide bike plan, and produced a report evaluating the city’s pedestrian conditions. A particularly gratifying part of his Minnesota GreenCorps experience was helping put the bike plan in place. “Since completing Minnesota GreenCorps, I’ve actually been able to use the bike facilities that I worked on in the planning stages while I was serving with the city,” he noted.

Mark’s advises current and future Minnesota GreenCorps members to “make the most of the year to learn new skills, network with people and organizations, and spend time volunteering in the community that you are serving.” He added: Volunteer with an organization with which you might not normally engage. It’s an amazing opportunity to get to know different parts of the community and find ways to connect to the work you are doing as a Minnesota GreenCorps member.