Regional Sustainable Development Partnership: A Potential Tool for Projects like Growing Acres
Okey Ukaga, MBA, Ph | Executive Director and Extension Professor, UMN Extension, Southeast RSDP
The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships are a citizen-driven, sustainability-focused part of the University of Minnesota Extension. The program is led by region-specific boards composed of local citizen leaders and university faculty. The regional boards identify and support research, education and outreach projects aimed at improving economic, social and environmental sustainability of greater Minnesota in the areas of agriculture and food systems, natural resources, energy, tourism and resilient communities. The projects are then linked to university faculty, students and other resources with a view to using university resources to meet community identified needs. Seed funding may also be invested in selected projects. This presentation will give an overview of the program and highlight how it can help facilitate projects like Growing Acres.