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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

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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.

Deep Winter Greenhouse

Deep Winter Greenhouse history, design, and future aspirations

University of Minnesota College of Design researcher Dan Handeen presents to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society on the history, design, and future aspirations of the Deep Winter Greenhouse project (September 2016).

Deep Winter Greenhouse

Construction begins on prototype Deep Winter Greenhouse

Construction has begun on the first of five prototype Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWGs) being built as part of RSDP and the College of Design's statewide DWG campaign. Our newly updated DWG resource page provides an update on the campaign, the latest media stories, and a new DWG Media Fact Sheet.

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.

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

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