Applications are being accepted for Minnesota GreenCorps 23 Apr 13

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota GreenCorps is now recruiting hosts and Americorp members for the upcoming program year.

Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) started in 2009. AmeriCorps is a national service program that helps communities with a wide variety of challenges.

Goals of the Minnesota GreenCorps program include reducing solid waste and increasing recycling in communities; reducing greenhouse gases and other air pollutants; reducing stormwater runoff and improving water quality; and training new environmental professionals.

In the first four years of the Minnesota GreenCorps program, over 100 AmeriCorps members were placed in positions with cities, counties, school districts, universities and nonprofit organizations. These AmeriCorp members successfully increased recycling and reduced waste at participating sites and K-12 schools, benchmarked energy data and implemented energy-saving measures in government-owned buildings, and educated citizens on ways to reduce their impact on the environment. They also mobilized hundreds of volunteers in community service projects that helped improve or protect the environment.

Whether they are just out of college or contemplating a career change, Minnesota GreenCorps presents opportunities for individuals to gain experience in the environmental field.

Luke Hanson, a Living Green Outreach member with Cycles for Change in St. Paul, said, “Through GreenCorps, I am able to directly impact the communities I live and serve in, empowering them to become more ecologically and economically sustainable. I am able to connect with neighborhood organizations and local community members, and build professional relationships that are as educational as they are purposeful.”

The next Minnesota GreenCorps program year will begin this September. Available positions are in the areas of energy conservation, waste prevention, living green, and green infrastructure. Applications to be a host site are due May 6, and applications to become an AmeriCorps member are due June 7, 2013.

For more information on Minnesota GreenCorps, email the MPCA’s Karen Solas at karen.solas@state.mn.us or visit the  Minnesota GreenCorps page page ( http://www.pca.state.mn.us/mngreencorps) on the MPCA website.