As a 2015-16 and 2016-17 Minnesota GreenCorps member, Matt Rogotzke served with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in their Division of Resource Management. He helped lead projects to improve energy efficiency in Tribal-owned facilities, sited solar arrays to provide energy assistance to Tribal Members, and planted an apple orchard at a local community center.
Matt has continued working on energy and environmental issues with the National Governors Association on the Energy, Infrastructure and Environment team. “Serving the nation’s governors is incredibly eye-opening and rewarding, because the 55 governors may not agree on everything, yet they work diligently to improve their states. I get to interact with states and learn how to best implement policies such as energy efficiency goals or set electric vehicle incentives.”
He tells anyone who will listen about the benefits of his Minnesota GreenCorps experience, sharing that “Not only did my Leech Lake experience improve my understanding of environmental policy, but it taught me the importance of local governments and public service. Good governance can improve the lives of many, and I took that message to heart every day on the job. Without my service, I would have missed out on this incredible experience.”
“My advice to anyone considering Minnesota GreenCorps is just do it. You’ll be exposed to a great team at the MPCA, develop your professionalism, and learn more about your career aspirations, all while making a positive impact in a local community. Take advantage of this experience and say yes to any new opportunity (within reason). One last point — grad schools and employers highly value an AmeriCorps background!”