Minnesota GreenCorps

Host sites application open. Now accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting an AmeriCorps member for the 2018-2019 program year. The MPCA plans to place up to 42 full-time members with host sites across the state.

Minnesota GreenCorps

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Minnesota GreenCorpsCurrently there are 40 Minnesota GreenCorps members serving at 40 host sites around the state.

PDF icon Project summaries: Program Year 2017-2018 (p-mgc1-09)

2017: Member - Chris Whaley

2017 GreenCorps member Chris WhaleyAbout me. I grew up in the Twin Cities and attended the University of Minnesota - Duluth where I majored in Urban & Regional Studies and completed a GIS certificate. One thing (among many) I really liked about UMD was the location. It was a comfortable distance from home, not too far or too close and the natural beauty of Duluth and the surrounding area were a significant factor in my decision. Outside of work, I can be found exploring Duluth via bike or in the kitchen trying my hands at a new recipe.

About my service. I am serving at Lake Superior College in Duluth. My work is focused on reducing campus energy use and making the campus more energy efficient. My first major project has been to look at energy use of vending machines on campus. We have been installing devices called vending misers on them to put them in low power during times when the campus is unoccupied. I am also working to get a green office certification program in place. This program would ask employees in shared offices on campus to answer questions about the day-to-day operations of their office and how sustainable they are. Each office would be rated according to how sustainable their practices are. I have learned a lot so far about energy use in general as well as what can be done for buildings to be more energy efficient.

Why I serve. I have been aware of climate change and the contributing factors for quite a while but not until college did I realize that sustainability could be part of my career path. My service has really put in perspective not only what I can do as an individual but also what can be accomplished by big groups on a larger level.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Gooseberry Falls. I have been camping there twice, but it makes a great day trip as well.


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Minnesota GreenCorpsThe Minnesota GreenCorps program is a statewide initiative, coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.

The program places AmeriCorps members with host organizations around the state to assist communities and local governments in addressing a variety of statewide needs, aiming to:

  • Reduce solid waste and increase recycling in Minnesota communities.
  • Reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and other air pollutants.
  • Reduce water runoff and improve water quality.
  • Assist community members to take eco-friendly actions.
  • Increase community resilience and build local capacity to respond to the threats of climate change.
  • Train new environmental professionals.

GreenCorps members for the 2017-2018 service yearMinnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Members serve at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. More than 240 GreenCorps members have served at over 130 organizations across Minnesota. Former and current host site organizations include cities, counties, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and non-profit organizations.

Since the program’s launch in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps members have engaged and educated nearly 200,000 volunteers in communities around the state through service projects, including assistance with environmental fairs, multi-modal transportation events, energy benchmarking, waste sorts, tree inventory/citizen foresters, invasive species removal, tree planting, and building rain gardens. Many of these projects help to increase resilience of Minnesota communities to the impacts of climate change, such as increasing heat and heavy precipitation.

For more information

For more information, please email: mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us