The Green Institute is an environmental non-profit, focused on advancing practical
innovations that sustain our community and the environment. The Green Institute emerged out of a
neighborhood dispute over the environmental impact of a garbage transfer station on a low-income
community of renters. For sixteen years, it has developed on-the-ground solutions to reducing waste
and solving the energy crisis, with an emphasis on community empowerment. The Green Institute is
essentially an umbrella organization, under which operate programs including Community Energy, the
ReUse Center, Deconstruction Services and the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT).
We believe energy saving products should be an affordable option for everyone and not a luxury.
Studies indicate that many third-party decision-makers, such as landlords and contractors, remain
focused on reducing installation costs with little consideration for long-term energy savings. Due to its
established reputation as a player in the green building and affordable building industry, the ReUse
Center is uniquely positioned to reach a market of decision makers (contractors, DIYers, small
businesses, etc.) that could affect the incorporation of sustainability and energy conservation measures.
The Green Institute is seeking interns to assist in surveying and reaching out within the Twin Cities
Metro, with a strong focus on marginalized groups, to research and test low cost conservation/energy
efficient products available on the market today and to exercise energy saving and carbon offset tracking
Summary of Position:
The intern will help to develop an energy conservation product line at the ReUse Center within an
established salvaged building materials exchange. The position is intended for students interested in
sustainability and business planning and development.
Dates of Positions:
Fall Semester: September-December
10-20 hrs/ week
1. Experience with 16 year old environmental non profit in a cutting edge field!
2. Opportunities to impact program development at the Green Institute
3. College credit, if appropriate
4. Letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship
1. Basic computer skills mandatory
2. Excellent people and communication skills required
3. Strong writing skills
4. Knowledge and appreciation of environmental issues