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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

Deep Winter Greenhouse

RSVP for the September 30 Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House in Bemidji

Bemidji Deep Winter Greenhouse open house scheduled for 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2017. Please register here.

RSDP Fiscal Year 2017 Project List

In 2017, RSDP brought together 364 partners to work on 127 community-driven projects across the state of Minnesota. Learn more about these community-University partnerships for sustainability in our Fiscal Year 2017 Project List.

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RSDP to host University of Minnesota new and innovative crops forum

On Monday, June 26, on the St. Paul Campus, RSDP will host a forum to share the latest University of Minnesota research and development into a wide range of crops. This forum is for producers and farmers interested in growing these crops, as well as culinary professionals, food entrepreneurs, processors, food hubs, and other partners in the Minnesota food landscape interested in learning how to capitalize on agricultural innovation at the University. RSVP here.

Deep Winter Greenhouses

Deep Winter Greenhouse Prototype 2.0 under construction in five RSDP Regions

RSDP is supporting the construction of five Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWGs) using an updated design from the College of Design's Center for Sustainable Building Research. Learn more about DWGs and RSDP's work in this area.

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Local Foods College comes to a computer near you

The 6th annual Local Foods College is an interactive distance learning opportunity for gardeners and farmers interested in community-based food systems. The course will begin January 17, 2017.

RSDP releases fact sheet on rural grocery energy use

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 sheets, visit RSDP's rural grocery resource page.

RSDP releases second rural grocery survey fact sheet on fresh produce and farm-to-grocery

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

Rural Grocery Summit

Learn about natural resource issues and projects in RSDP's new webinar series

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 talks with MPR about rural grocery survey

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

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RSDP launches rural grocery resource page

Small-town grocery stores are the heart of rural communities. The Partnerships support rural grocers through a number of resources and projects. Learn more.

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Research and Resources for Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWGs)

RSDP has been working with DWG producers on research, outreach, design, and development projects. Find all of our work and downloadable resources on the DWG page.

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