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Eger Continues Service to Morris as MN GreenCorps Member

Posted by Brittany Grady '17, Kaiserslautern on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Earlier this year, Heidi Eger ’13 returned to the University of Minnesota, Morris to continue her work with Morris’s food systems as a Minnesota (MN) GreenCorps member. Several years ago, Eger began her work as an intern in the Office of Sustainability and has since been a part of the Morris Healthy Eating team. Through her efforts, she upholds the goals of the MN GreenCorps, which include collaborating with communities to reduce pollution through recycling and encouraging people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

Eger is concerned with making fresh and locally grown foods available to students on campus and in the community. Currently, Eger is analyzing the results from a networking survey designed to improve communication between community members and to assess the success of past projects. Other tasks for Eger include planning next year’s student-led organic garden, improving edible landscaping initiatives on campus, and helping to organize supplies needed for healthy eating in the new Green Prairie Community residence hall kitchens.

“I got a nice introduction to MN GreenCorps because of my campus internship,” says Eger. “When I started, there were five undergrads serving with the program, so I had the chance to see their efforts and get a feel for what it was all about. I’d dealt with foods before by supporting projects like the Real Food Challenge and the Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market. After that first year, I knew I wanted to come back and do it again full-time.”

According to Eger, there are several benefits to serving MN GreenCorps. She appreciates the opportunities to meet new people, to build relationships with other environmental professionals, and to help conserve Minnesota’s environment. In addition, serving has allowed Eger to influence people on a larger scale.

“I think this service program is important because it gives you experience in the field that you don’t necessarily get in a college classroom,” she adds.

MN GreenCorps is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This program is funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service with additional support from ServeMinnesota.

Pictured above: Eger was a panelist for a community discussion on local food in mid October.