Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Welcome to RSDP
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota to support local sustainability projects. RSDP brings together community and University knowledge and resources to drive sustainability in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities. We support local projects through five regional boards made up of community members and University faculty and staff. We also support multi-region food systems and clean energy work across Greater Minnesota. Our energy programming is provided by the Clean Energy Resource Teams. Learn about how we work.
Do you have an idea to improve sustainability in your community? We are currently accepting applications for new projects to support. Learn more about how to get support from RSDP for your project by submitting an idea brief.
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Learn more about opportunities to work with fellow community members and University faculty and staff who are passionate about sustainability in your region.
Serve as an ambassador for RSDP in your community and help us identify local sustainability needs and ideas.
Have an idea to improve the sustainability of your community? We’d love to hear from you!
Learn more about our work in our newsletter.
Reach out to RSDP staff to learn more about our work in your community.
Connect your community projects to research focused in the areas of safe drinking water, sustainable land use, and building a carbon-neutral Minnesota.
Regions we work in
From Becker to Stearns counties, our Central board supports community-University sustainability partnerships across rural Central Minnesota.
The Northeast RSDP brings together community and University partners on sustainability projects across the North Shore, Iron Range and beyond.
Our Northwest board supports projects across the Red River Valley and geographies with a strong cultural history and agricultural identity.
From river blufflands to prairie to the heart of Rochester, the Southeast RSDP fosters sustainability projects across this diverse region.
Our Southwest RSDP board builds partnerships across the prairies, river valleys and vibrant small towns of this diverse region.
Food systems work
We work to build the relationships that bring University crop research to farmers, markets and, ultimately, dinner plates.
We support Deep Winter Greenhouse research and outreach across the state. Find information and construction documents for building these passive-solar greenhouses.
Explore resources for rural grocers, results of the statewide rural grocery survey, and information on the farm-to-rural-grocery-to-wholesale backhaul project.
Clean energy work
Our energy programming is provided by the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a statewide partnership helping individuals and their communities advance community-based clean energy projects.
CERTs regional steering committees form the clean energy work groups for each RSDP region and work closely with our regional boards.