With assistance from the Clean Energy Resource Teams, districts across Greater Minnesota are exploring how solar can save money on energy bills, demonstrate leadership in sustainability and provide educational opportunities to students.
As the invasive emerald ash borer threatens and kills ash trees across Minnesota, finding sustainable uses for wood from these trees can be difficult. A creative parklet project in downtown Rochester is showing how communities can think outside the box to repurpose ash wood and address this challenge.
How can community members across Greater Minnesota work collectively to ensure their towns are welcoming to all residents, regardless of their race, ethnicity, language or other characteristics? The new Creating a Welcoming Community toolkit shares ways to meaningfully and inclusively engage with immigrants, refugees and Black, Indigenous and people of color, so that all feel welcome.
Housing is a basic need that all Minnesotans share and is essential to creating resilient communities. Meeting that need, however, can be a complex challenge. A new community-university project seeks to design resilient and affordable housing solutions that embrace Minnesota’s ecological, economic and cultural diversity.
An interactive resource guide published this summer from The Department of Public Transformation and partners showcases an artist-led approach that uses deep community engagement to reimagine vacant spaces in small towns and rural areas, drawing on a case study of The YES! House, in Granite Falls.
New oilseed cover crops like winter camelina and pennycress protect water and soil, provide income to farmers, and supply exciting end products. The Forever Green Initiative and RSDP recently hosted virtual field days – available for viewing by all – which showcase the new crops.
In mid-March, RSDP's five regional boards invited community ideas for rapid responses to COVID-19. The goal was to identify innovative ideas across Greater Minnesota that could benefit from partnership and a small infusion of support. Within a month, RSDP boards had reviewed more than 50 ideas.