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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

Food Hub Overview

Local Food Digest: Food Hub Overview (PDF)

Food hubs are sprouting up in all corners of Minnesota as people seek to create the infrastructure needed to scale up local food production and distribution. This Local Food Digest documents all of the known food hubs in Greater Minnesota. Please contact us with additions! View PDF

Rural Design Conference

More than 120 rural leaders, planners and activists attended the Rural Design Conference at University of Minnesota Crookston July 30-31. Attendees explored nature-based tourism, local food systems, and the role of university extension using a design thinking lens. More

Extension Reconsidered

Extension Reconsidered

RSDP and Design Thinking @ College of Design are organizing Extension Reconsidered (ER) in Minnesota, which will examine Extension's past and possible future in Minnesota's communities. Minnesota is one of 13 states participating in national Extension Reconsidered initiative. A report on ER's first gathering in Minnesota in May 2014 is here.

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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