Hi, everyone! I’m CJ Denney, an intern working with the Great Plains Institute Communities team and Metro CERT. I’m a junior at Macalester College studying Biology and Environmental studies. This past summer, I secured some funding from the MacNest Climate Justice program to work with one of their partner environmental organizations in the Twin Cities. I was paired with Minneapolis Climate Action between the Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Their broad mission is to make the transition to renewable energy rapid and equitable within the Minneapolis communities they serve.
My role within the organization was flexible and I wore many hats. I helped with social media management and graphic creation, did communications outreach to residents and councilmembers, and organized events. Some of the main projects I was involved in include their Community Solar Gardens and the Daryeel Cimilada Climate Ambassadors Program. The former is an inclusive way to provide renewable energy to low-income and BIPOC communities.