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The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.
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RSDP in the news
RSDP has released the third in a series of fact sheets from the 2015 statewide Rural Grocery Survey. The latest fact sheet examines energy usage and related needs in rural grocery stores. For the complete set of fact sheet, visit RSDP's rural grocery resource page.
RSDP has released the second in a series of fact sheets from the 2015 statewide Rural Grocery survey. The latest fact sheet highlights how grocery stores buy and sell fresh produce and locally grown produce. Results are receiving significant media attention, and Statewide Director Kathy Draeger recently shared results at the Minnesota Legislature. More
A new webinar series offered by RSDP explores natural resource issues and the University people and projects addressing them. Session topics include water use, local hazelnuts, campus sustainability initiatives, and other timely issues. Learn more.
RSDP recently released the first in a series of fact sheets about the 2015 statewide Rural Grocery Survey. Results are receiving significant attention, including an interview with RSDP Statewide Director Kathy Draeger on MPR's Morning Edition. More
Small-town grocery stores are the heart of rural communities. The Partnerships support rural grocers through a number of resources and projects. Learn more.
Minnesota Rising, a group of millennial generation leaders, and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) are supporting a project to study how North Central and West Central Minnesota communities might better attract and retain young professionals. More
The Partnerships are pleased to be hosting a series of five climate change adaptation convenings in Greater Minnesota with the support of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Extension Meteorologist Mark Seeley will be joining us to provide region-specific climate information. More
The Partnerships have been working to support passive solar greenhouse research and production. Such 'Deep Winter Greenhouses' enable Minnesota producers the ability to produce vegetable crops with minimal delivered fuels throughout the middle of winter thereby making year-round season extension a possibility. Visit the website.