Potential members. Serve your community, address critical environmental issues, and develop green job skills! Minnesota GreenCorps AmeriCorps members serve full-time for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August, at environmental nonprofits, government agencies, or educational institutions throughout the state.
Currently there are 42 Minnesota GreenCorps members serving at host sites around the state.
About me. I grew up in a small rural town in central Wisconsin. I graduated with 16 other students! I lived on a small hobby farm with sheep, chickens, dogs and my family. I went to the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. There, I kicked around a few degree areas and ended up getting a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing Communication. After getting into the workforce, I decided that pushing the consumption of products and services was truly the opposite of what I wanted. I did a career 180 with the guidance of my passion for sustainability and applied for MN GreenCorps; now I'm here and loving every second of it! Other neat things I do: loving board games, singing (badly) to my dog and cat, traveling the world, and learning something new every single day.
About my service. I am serving the city of Hastings, located in the southeast corner of the greater Metro Area right at the convergence of the Mississippi and Saint Croix rivers. I'm doing a variety of different things — most of them involve talking trash! My general project area is within the waste reduction, recycling and organics management service plan. I primarily am acting as a resource for and educating the city's residents on recycling and waste diversion. I'm partnering with Hastings Community TV to shoot "Waste-Busters," a recycling mini-series aimed at education on various disposal methods for tricky household items. I'm also creating waste reduction and diversion events — be on the lookout for a clothing swap on March 28th — as well as diverting waste at events like Rivertown Days in July.
Why I serve. I want to bring energy and new ideas to any table that I have the privilege of sitting at. I serve to use my voice for those who are unable to speak up. I serve to set an example of behavior changes that will allow us to comfortably inhabit this Earth. I serve to honor those who have served before me. I serve to offer kindness to anyone and everyone.
My favorite place in Minnesota. Battle Creek Regional Park, Interstate Park, and in the presence of new and old friends.
The 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.
Members serve at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. More than 350 GreenCorps members have served at over 200 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.
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided by ServeMinnesota, the Corporation for National Community Service, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. In-kind resources are also provided by participating host site organizations.
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