The Minnesota GreenCorps program, coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, aims to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.
Each year, the program places approximately 50 AmeriCorps members with host organizations around the state to help communities increase resilience to climate change by:
- Reducing solid waste and increasing recycling
- Reducing greenhouse gases and other air pollutants
- Reducing water runoff and improving water quality
- Encouraging eco-friendly behavior
Members serve at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. Host sites include cities, counties, tribal nations, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and nonprofit organizations.
Since the program launched in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps members have implemented environmental service projects educating youth; coordinating multi-modal transportation events; conducting energy benchmarking, waste sorts, and tree inventories; removing invasive species; planting trees; and building rain gardens. These projects increase the resilience of Minnesota communities to the impacts of climate change.
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota, AmeriCorps, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Participating host site organizations also provide in-kind resources.
Learn about recent Minnesota GreenCorps members' service projects. The project summaries below detail the organizations that hosted MN GreenCorps members for each program year, their project goals, and the type of work members did during their 11-month service terms.
- Project summaries: Program year 2020-2021 (p-mgc1-12)
- Project summaries: Program Year 2019-2020 (p-mgc1-11)
- Project summaries: Program Year 2018-2019 (p-mgc1-10)
Partners and funding
The Minnesota GreenCorps program receives support and funding from AmeriCorps and ServeMinnesota. Federal funding supports Minnesota GreenCorps members' living allowances and health insurance during service, and includes an educational stipend following successful completion of service.
AmeriCorps is a nationwide program that engages Americans in service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. ServeMinnesota is the state commission for all AmeriCorps' programs in Minnesota, including Minnesota GreenCorps.
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