Minnesota GreenCorps now accepting applications for host sites across the state

Minnesota GreenCorps is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The program places members with organizations throughout the state to spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.

MPCA is currently accepting applications, due March 16, from organizations interested in hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member for the 2021-2022 program year. The environmentally-focused AmeriCorps program places members with organizations throughout Minnesota to spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.

We are proud to be a part of MN GreenCorps, not only as a host site, but more importantly in our ability to help shape the future of MN GreenCorps members and open their eyes to Tribal environmental work. This is paid back in full with their work on impactful projects that benefit the Tribe and its resources.

MN GreenCorps host site supervisor Brandy Toft, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The MPCA plans to place up to 48 full-time GreenCorps members with host site organizations. Eligible organizations include public entities (local, regional, state, tribal), school districts, not-for-profit institutions of higher education, and 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Members serve 40 hours a week from September 2021 through August 2022 on projects in one of the four focus areas: air pollutant reduction, community readiness and outreach, green infrastructure improvements, or waste reduction, recycling, and organics management.

Members serving in Air Pollutant Reduction may focus on activities such as:

  • Assisting with the collection, benchmarking, and reporting of data on energy use for public buildings.
  • Retrofitting public buildings to improve energy efficiency.
  • Coordinating and implementing safe routes to school, biking and walking, and complete streets events.
  • Implementing transportation projects that reduce vehicle miles traveled by substituting walking, biking, and public transit methods to reduce emissions and improve public health.
  • Promoting the use of hybrid and electric vehicles through education and outreach and/or assisting with developing infrastructure for electric vehicles, including charging stations.
  • Coordinating with Minnesota GreenStep Cities to implement air pollutant reduction-related best practices.
  • Conducting community education campaigns that target practices and behaviors that alleviate air pollution.

Ready to build organizational capacity, advance environmental projects in your community, and help train the next generation of environmental professionals? Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

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