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Applications invited for Minnesota GreenCorps members and host sites! MPCA is accepting applications until June 6, 2014 from individuals interested in service with Minnesota GreenCorps during the 2014-2015 program year. Applications are invited until May 5 from organizations that would like to host a Minnesota GreenCorps member. For more information on Minnesota GreenCorps, please contact or visit

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Topic Areas

Sustainable agriculture, food, forestry, gardening
Green buildings, housing, materials, siting
Pollution prevention, green business development
MN GreenStep Cities, indicators, citizen participation, community development
Ecosystem-based management, biodiversity
Curricula, education on sustainability
Clean energy, energy efficiency, renewable and distributed energy
Individual Choices
Green living, simplicity, personal transformation, creating grassroots alternatives
Land Use
Planning and zoning, Smart Growth
The latest information on state, national and global issues
Transportation alternatives, nonmotorized transportation
Safe drinking water supply, Wastewater treatment, Water conservation, Lakes and Rivers, Groundwater, Stormwater management

Contact information

Erin Barnes-Driscoll
Sustainable Communities Team
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd. N., 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
(651) 296-6300 or (800) 657-3864

Latest Resources Added
MDH & tptMN's film Health and Climate - The MN Climate & Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health, in partnership with the MN Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and tpt MN, produced the film: Health and Climate, premiering Sunday, April 20th at 7 p.m.. The film highlights some of the climate changes Minnesota has been experiencing and the subsequent public health impacts. The film also suggests ways we can adapt to and mitigate climate change. (4/15)

A New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation - Across America, colleges and universities are showing that efforts aimed at reducing driving deliver powerful benefits for students, staff and surrounding communities. According to a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group, policymakers at all levels of government can learn from these innovative examples. (3/3)

Alternative Fueling Station Locator app - Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with support from the Energy Department, the Alternative Fueling Station Locator app provides information on more than 15,000 stations across the country. Users can search for stations that offer electricity, biodiesel (B20), natural gas (compressed and liquefied), ethanol (E85), hydrogen, and propane. (11/25)

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