Our mission is to work with residents of Southeast Minnesota to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, strong local economies and vibrant, self-reliant communities. Learn a bit about our projects using the links below. Learn about our scholarships and sponsorships here.
The Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (SE RSDP) has been serving the region since 1997. The originating board of citizens named this partnership, "The Experiment in Rural Cooperation," to signify that the structure of our work--creating meaningful collaborations between community and University partners--and our projects to promote sustainable development are forward-thinking experiments.
In terms of Minnesota ecological land classifications, SE RSDP/ERC encompasses most of the Mississippi River Blufflands, the Rochester Plateau, the Oak Savanna, and now takes in some of the Big Woods and Minnesota River Prairie, as we loosen our boundaries to be available to serve communities west of our traditional service area.
The Southeast region generally includes but is not strictly limited to the following counties: Blue Earth, Faribault, Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Fillmore, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona.
Our mission is to work with citizens in southeastern Minnesota to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, strong local economies and vibrant, self-reliant communities. We support projects that demonstrate public purpose and are committed to building partnerships that connect the citizens of southeastern Minnesota to local assets and the educational, research and outreach resources of the University of Minnesota.
We are committed to:
- protecting and restoring our environmental resource bases so they provide for our needs and the needs of future generations in the region;
- building resilience and self-reliance in our region and communities;
- encouraging community decision-making that balances people's economic, human and social needs with impacts on the environment and fosters an understanding of the differences between growth (getting bigger) and development (getting better);
- creating and supporting thriving communities where a diverse range of citizens participate, identify their goals and work together to marshal local and regional resources to achieve them;
- encouraging sustainable economic development activities, capitalizing on local natural resources, ownership, talents, imagination and craftsmanship;
- supporting strategies and projects that have clear potential for public purpose and sustainable results that are adaptable for use by others - and may not be possible without our support;
- establishing new, innovative approaches linking community interests with the University of Minnesota's land grant mission.
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
Lake Pepin video selected for eight film festivals!
- Miami Fest/Best Shorts Worldwide Festival
- Cinema Verde Film Festival
- 2017 Benicia Film Festival in California
- Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
- semi-finalist for the Green Earth Festival
- won the Music Video Competition of the Seven Summits Awards at the Mountain Film Festival
- been accepted to the Great Lakes International Film Festival
- and the Yosemite Film Festival bestowed its highest level of recognition via a Top Award
Created with the help of Communications Studies Professor Mark Pedelty and support from Southeast RSDP, the video raises awareness of the sedimentation of Lake Pepin and what can be done. Learn the story behind the video in a 2016 Happenings newsletter and learn more about the project here.