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Welcome to RSDP

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota to support local sustainability projects and opportunities.

RSDP brings together community ideas and expertise with University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to drive sustainability in four areas:

  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Sustainable tourism and resilient communities
  • Natural resources
  • Clean energy

Explore our 2017 projects

Each year our five regional boards support community-driven projects related to our four focus areas. These projects foster innovation, deepen understanding, and build relationships that empower Greater Minnesota communities to advance their future sustainability.

Visit our storymap to explore projects by region and focus area.

Explore Storymap

Propose a project

Want to connect your community project with University partners? Fill out an Idea Brief to start the conversation. Once submitted, a regional Executive Director will follow-up with you soon.

Fill out an Idea Brief and return it to us today!

RSDP in the news

20 Years of Partnership: 1997-2017

Since our inception in 1997, RSDP has supported hundreds of community-based sustainability projects across the state. Learn more about our impacts and lessons learned from 20 years of fostering community-University partnerships.

room of attendees at the crop forum

RSDP hosted University of Minnesota new and innovative crops forum

In June, RSDP hosted a day-long forum on the St. Paul campus highlighting new and innovative crops in research and available for production. The intent of the forum was to provide an opportunity for farmers, processors, food entrepreneurs, educators and culinary professionals to learn more about the agricultural innovation happening at the University.  The morning panel highlighted day-neutral strawberries and the research happening out of the UMN Morris and the afternoon panel highlighted the research on hybrid hazelnuts. UMN researchers, breeders and agronomists were also on hand over the lunch hour to share information on other crops, such as kernza, pennycress, potatoes and barley.  Similar events in greater Minnesota are in the planning stages for the upcoming months. Interested in learning more about these and other crops in research at the University? Connect with Connie Carlson, Assoc. Program Director, RSDP Statewide Sustainable Ag and Ag Systems carl5114@umn.edu.

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