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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

Partners announced for statewide Deep Winter Greenhouse campaign

RSDP along with the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota College of Design has announced five partners to test a prototype passive solar Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG). RSDP received more than 40 applications in response to the statewide DWG campaign, and an advisory committee selected one partner from each of RSDP's five regions. The campaign is made possible by support from the University's Institute on the Environment and a consortium of farm lending banks, including AgCountry Farm Credit Services, AgriBank, AgStar Financial Services, and United FCS.

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

Assorted Product Case

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.

Minnesota Rising

University, millennials collaborate for talent research in North Central, West Central Minn.

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

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings

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

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