GreenCorps Member Leaves Lasting Environmental Impact on Robbinsdale Community
“I focused on waste reduction, recycling and organics management,” said Drehmel.
As part of the AmeriCorps national service program, Drehmel’s mission was to enhance the community’s environmental footprint.
Drehmel discovered the Minnesota GreenCorps program during her sophomore year of college. With a major in environmental studies, the program appeared tailor-made for her passion and skill set.
“I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do right outside of college, so this was a perfect opportunity to get some work experience before actually entering the work field and really figure out where in the environmental world I wanted to fit in,” explained Drehmel.
Drehmel Leaves Lasting Impact at City Hall
One of Drehmel’s most notable achievements was the establishment of an organics recycling program within Robbinsdale’s City Hall.
“We have been able to divert over 600 pounds of organic waste from a landfill to an organic facility which is just such a huge accomplishment that I’m really proud of,” Drehmel stated. “This is a program that will continue even after I’m gone, so I’m excited to see how that number continues to rise.”
While Drehmel remains uncertain about her future career path, she hints at the possibility of further contributions to government-based environmental initiatives.
“I loved working so far in a government setting, so maybe [more] government in the future,” said Drehmel.
The Minnesota GreenCorps program, operating under the larger AmeriCorps umbrella, seeks to improve local environments across the state