News & Events

News & Events

Opportunities for Students Interested in Sustainability

  • Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC)

    The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa’s IDEC program is for undergraduate college students who are enrolled or plan to pursue a STEM undergraduate degree with an interest in natural resources at an accredited two- or four- year institution in MN. The application is open to high school seniors too. Applicants must have at least two or more years to complete their undergraduate degree. This program encourages underrepresented students, specifically, women, racial or ethnic minorities, and/or individual with disabilities to apply and develop a career path through three components:

    • Fellowship: The fellowship provides students with a supportive community, yearly academic scholarship, and professional development.
    • Mentorship: The mentorship aims to enhance college success, encourage personal and professional development, and promote career advancement by pairing fellows with employees at one of the participating state agencies.
    • Internship: The full-time paid internship, which runs from May to August, allows fellows to learn more about environmental and natural resources career paths through paid, on-the-job experience.

The IDEC program is actively accepting applications until May 15, 2020 and online information sessions are held this month and in May!

  • Summer AmeriCorps Positions

    Conservation Corps MN & IA also offers many summer positions for young adults (age 18-25) from learning technical field skills to running family workshops on how to camp or paddle. If you are interested in serving outdoors this summer, please check out the following opportunities:

    • Field Crews: These positions focus on completing habitat restoration projects at different sites across MN and IA. Review more details or apply here.
    • I CAN Programs: These positions introduce Minnesota families to a variety of outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, and kayaking. Review more details or apply for I CAN Camp or I CAN Paddle.
    • Summer Youth Corps: Typically, this program has AmeriCorps members co-lead crews of high school students. This summer, in response to COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to suspend hiring youth. We are still running young adult crews, and are still accepting applications for an ASL crew. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, or are studying to become an ASL interpreter, please review more details or apply here. For any questions on modifications to this program this summer, please contact the Program Manager Teresa Butel, or 651-209-9900 x32

Recycling Champion Award

Anoka-Ramsey Community College receiving the Recycling Champion Award from Anoka County for their efforts at implementing organics recycling on the Coon Rapids Campus.  (From left to right: Ken Karr, Facilities Director, Lisa Becker, Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Dave Madden, Facilities, Kent Hanson, President, and Scott Schulte, Anoka County Commissioner)

Anoka-Ramsey Receives Recycling Champion Award

Earth Day is Every Day at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

The Campus Eye: The New Composting on Campus System

Anoka County: Anoka-Ramsey Community College Organics Recycling

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Success Story – Anoka Ramsey Community College

The Campus Eye: Anoka-Ramsey’s New Sustainability Club


Past Events

2019 Student Sustainability Summit

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Sustainability Committee hosted our first Student Sustainability Summit on Monday, November 18th.  We had a number of organizations in attendance, including MN350 & Anoka County Climate Action, Metro Transit, the ARCC Sustainability Club, and PlugInConnect. We also had student presentations from Introduction to Business and Introduction to Sustainability classes (and of course free food)!

A number of our creative students participated in an Upcycled Fashion Show & Contest, in which they created  a wearable, upcycled item using previously loved materials. Cub Foods Gift Cards were awarded to the winning entries!

The Sustainability Summit also included a Sweater Swap, where participants brought in their clean, lightly used but no longer needed sweaters to swap with others.

2019 Earth Week

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

ARCC’s Sustainability Committee sponsored a number of different activities during Earth Week (April 22-27th).  Read more about the fun below! 

Earth Week Tabling – Monday, April 22nd-Thursday, April 25th 

To encourage the campus community to think about how their actions relate to environmental sustainability, the Sustainability Committee set up a number of tables at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.  Volunteers engaged with participants in a number of different ways, like helping them to complete a climate quiz, consider their carbon footprint, or educate them on “Meatless Mondays.”

Trash Talkers – Monday, April 22nd-Thursday, April 25th

Contamination of our waste streams is a huge issue and can result in both organics and regular recycling being thrown away entirely, which not only is bad for the environment but also costs us money!  Over Earth Week, volunteers stood next to the trash and recycling bins to help educate the campus community on how to properly dispose of their waste.

Campus Clean Up – Tuesday, April 23rd, 9am-3pm

Phi Theta Kappa and other volunteers helped to remove litter from our campus.

Bike to School Day – Wednesday, April 24th

Our second Park-and- Bike Day was held on Wednesday, April 24th! As we did in fall 2018, faculty members lead fellow riders from various Park and Rides around campus. Each of these parking areas is less than 1 hour to campus.

Earth Week 2019 Poster

2018 Bike Week

Bike Week Loco


Park & Bike – Faculty and Staff Bike Leaders met at various Park & Ride locations throughout the Twin Cities to bike for part of their morning commute.  Although some groups met some rain, it proved to be an enjoyable ride for all!

Student Lunch Ride – Students were invited to take a guided bike ride to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, where we enjoyed FREE LUNCH, followed by a ride back to campus.


“Bikes Mean…” Academic Talk – Communication Studies Professor Melody Hoffmann and Writer/Sidewalk Geographer Bill Lindeke discussed the various meanings of bikes, bike infrastructure and bike culture ·

Faculty/Staff Ride – Faculty and Staff rode together to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, then to Alloy Brewing Company where we received $1 off beers for participating in the ride!  Thanks to Alloy Brewing for their support!

2017 Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Meeting

In September 2017 a group of ARCC Sustainability Committee members, along with Sustainability Club President Paige Hansen, attended the meeting of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) in Pella, Iowa.  UMACS is a group of sustainability professionals in higher education and is comprised of members from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  Anoka-Ramsey Community College is also a member of the UMACS Steering Committee, and is the only community college with a representative.  At the 2017 Meeting Lisa Becker, John Herbert and Victoria Downey presented on “Addressing Sustainability in Community Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities.” More about UMACS can be found here: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability

2017 Spring Faculty Development Day

January 5th, 2017 was our first Faculty Development day devoted to sustainability.  Our theme was “Sustainability–Educating Today for a Greener Tomorrow.”  Faculty Development leaders arranged for guest presenters from numerous outside organizations, including the Black Permaculture Network, Macalester College, Metro State University, Republic Services, Hamline University, St. Cloud State University, Second Harvest Heartland, Pollinate Minnesota, the City of Coon Rapids, Metro Transit, University of Minnesota Morris and various local businesses, as well as presentations from some of our own accomplished faculty.

As this was a day on Sustainability, we used many different strategies in an effort to be as sustainable as possible.  The schedule for the day and all of our important material was sent out via email. We encouraged everyone to participate – a raffle was held with one entry per each sustainable action.  Victoria Downey (Geography) even volunteered to compost our lunch waste.