The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships work to sustain Minnesota's natural resource-based communities and industries by addressing community-identified agriculture, natural resources, and tourism issues in partnership with the University of Minnesota.
Three core goals shape the work of the Regional Partnerships, and form the basis on which we evaluate our effectiveness. These goals are:
- to build and strengthen effective relationships between the University of Minnesota, and the citizens and communities it serves.
- to strengthen the long-term social, economic, and environmental health of greater Minnesota through active citizen leadership.
- to advance the understanding of regional sustainability by investing in research, education and outreach projects.
Each Regional Partnership has a board made up of citizens with backgrounds and interests in agriculture, natural resources, tourism, and sustainability as well as University faculty and staff from a wide range of departments. A Statewide Coordinating Committee composed of staff and citizens from each region, at-large citizen representatives, and representatives of the three Partnership colleges provides leadership for the program's coordinated efforts.