The Minnesota GreenCorps program, coordinated by the MPCA, aims to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.
Each year, the program places AmeriCorps members with host site 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.
- reducing disproportionate negative impacts from pollution.
Members serve full-time at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August.
Minnesota GreenCorps members educate community members and youth, coordinate multi-modal transportation events, remove invasive species, plant trees, install rain gardens, benchmark energy, conduct waste sorts, inventory trees, and more. These projects increase the resilience of Minnesota communities from the impacts of climate change.
MN GreenCorps members
Serve a community, address critical environmental issues, and develop green job skills as a Minnesota GreenCorps member!
Each member serves on a project in one of four focus areas:
- air pollutant reduction, including energy conservation and green transportation
- community readiness and outreach, including public engagement and education
- green infrastructure improvements, including stormwater and community forestry
- waste reduction, recycling, and organics management
Members earn a living allowance, health insurance, mental health services with counseling, student loan forbearance on eligible loans, and an education award for education expenses or qualified student loans. Members receive training from the MPCA, develop green job skills, gain professional experience, network with environmental professionals, and are paired with a mentor who provides ongoing guidance.
Learn more about member opportunities for the 2023-2024 program year. Applications are due June 15!