Otter Tail County’s new Minnesota GreenCorps member Brittney Kakac is not just someone that knows the region, but is very passionate about her line of work.
“I grew up in Sabin, and after high school I traveled the country and lived in various places. I began college in 2016 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and graduated last spring from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology. I wanted to be a MN Green Corps member to gain the experience and skills I need to fight climate change at a larger scale.”
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program coordinated by the MN Pollution Control Agency. The program began in 2009 and addresses a variety of needs in Minnesota communities such as the reduction of solid waste and the increase in recycling. Members are required to serve 1700 hours in their 11 months of service. They are paid through AmeriCorps and therefore are not considered volunteers or employees of the county. Otter Tail County hosted their first GreenCorps member in 2017-18.
Kakac will work with Cedar Walters in the Otter Tail Solid Waste Department, “We are so excited to work with Brittney for her service year with GreenCorps. Brittney’s enthusiasm for protecting the environment will help carry our message of waste reduction to all of our communities in Otter Tail County. Brittney will mainly be focusing on preventing food waste through increased public outreach, in addition to reducing drop-off recycling contamination and potentially piloting some new programs.”