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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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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

The Community Commercial Kitchen Regulation Guide

RSDP helps create new community kitchen guide

"The Community Commercial Kitchen Regulation Guide" is now available at no cost to Minnesota food producers and entrepreneurs. RSDP's Greg Schweser and Karen Korslund authored the guide, along with graduate student Rachel Grewell and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture's (MISA) Jane Jewett. SWRSDP, MISA, and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs collaborated to produce the guide, which is available here (PDF).

Stories about impact in NW Minnesota

Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership (NWRSDP) asked its community and university partners to describe the impact that the organization's work had on them using the Most Significant Change technique, a participatory, story-based approach to program evaluation. See the full report here (PDF).

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