Rebuild – Minneapolis, MN

Background

In addition to our international projects, EWB-USA UMN is proud to partner with local organizations such as the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance and Lincoln International High School to advance projects that benefit the Twin Cities community. In the wake of the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd this summer, we resolved to expand our work right here in Minneapolis.

The goal of the Rebuild team is to focus on engineering projects that support the local community. The team works with Community Engineering (CE) Corps, a division of the national Engineers Without Borders organization that focuses on projects in the United States. The Rebuild team is comprised of EWB student and professional chapter members, as well as community partners.

Current Partners

We are excited to announce our partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, a non-profit organization that aims to help low-income residents of the Twin Cities gain access to housing. Beacon owns a number of properties in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We will be performing energy audits on these properties to ensure Beacon’s utilities are operating at maximum efficiency.

We are currently looking to grow our team for this project! Roles include:

  • Investigating raw utility data to extract numbers and identify trends
  • Working with industry mentors to develop recommendations based on findings
  • Developing quantitative & qualitative visuals for energy reports
  • Managing & updating social media accounts related to the Rebuild team

 If you’re interested in working on this project, you’re invited to join one of our Wednesday meetings over Zoom, or contact Abby Desa at desax003@umn.edu.

Future Partners

We are looking to take on another local project in addition to the Beacon Interfaith initiative. We are able to perform engineering assessments or complete designs for non-profit organizations in Minnesota. However, we do not take on commercial or fundraising projects. Areas of expertise include agriculture, civil works, energy, structures, water, and sanitation. More information on project scopes can be found on the CE Corps website. If you’re interested in partnering with us, please reach out to Jessi Lynn at jlynn@ewb-mn.org.


For more information, contact: Liam Mullen at mulle576@umn.edu.

Rebuild project meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-8pm.