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Eco3.22 Northfield Sustainability Associate VISTA
The City of Northfield has a long history of residents caring deeply about environmental issues and adopted a Climate Action Plan in November 2019 to help the City both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions as well as to build resilience. The transportation sector makes up about 12% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Northfield, but also an area of disparity. The focus of this position will be to develop low-carbon transportation options with a focus on active transportation accessible to all. Increasing these transportation options address barriers to economic and community participation by low-income households. As a community of 20,000 residents, to include two liberal arts colleges, we have limited transportation options beyond private vehicles. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will work directly with city staff as well as community partners to engage a wide-range of community members, especially those that are typically underrepresented in decision making, to assess transportation needs, barriers and possible low-carbon solutions. This work will be part of a multi-city community engagement project that is starting in southeast Minnesota with assistance from the University of Minnesota Extension and Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. In addition to transportation planning, you will work on increasing active transportation for youth by developing some Bike and Walk to School efforts over 2021-2022 school year. VISTA member will be part of the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort serving in Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all cohort members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular cohort meetings, collaborative projects, professional development opportunities, and trainings. Additionally, cohort members way work with one community service project of their design.
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Member Duties : 1. In collaboration with community partners, engage community members using a variety of methods to assess needs, barriers and solutions around transportation. 2. Attend training and workshops with southeast city partners on community engagement processes. 3. Develop evaluation methods and collect data. 4. Research low carbon/active mobility transportation options and best practices from other communities. 5. Summarize findings and write report. 6. Organize Bike/Walk to school and other bike education events focused on youth. 7. Create communications pieces (print, videos and social media) to support projects 8. Research and write grant proposals to provide financial support for the projects. 9. Potential to assist with other projects around waste reduction and energy efficiency as time permits.
Program Benefits : Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Environment ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Urban Planning . 
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Eco3.22 Northfield Sustainability Associate VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  05/25/2022  To  07/20/2022 

Contact Patrick Weber
2014 W Superior St
Duluth   MN   55806

Listing ID 104686