BRAINERD — The University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (CRSDP) is seeking Project Idea Briefs by March 1 that promote community sustainability through citizen-driven University partnerships in Central Minnesota.

“We are excited to hear from communities that haven’t partnered with us before,” said Board Chair Alison Holland. “The Project Idea Brief is a short form that begins a conversation about a community’s needs around sustainability and the meaningful roles local community members and University of Minnesota faculty, staff or students can bring to advance the initiative or community goal.”

As part of University of Minnesota Extension, the CRSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota partners to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and resilient communities. Central RSDP offices in Brainerd and is led by a board of directors comprised of community and University representatives and Executive Director Molly Zins.

In recent years, CRSDP has supported successful research, design and planning projects such as the creation of a community garden and hands-on classroom in Native American culture, traditional growing and harvesting; development of a community solar garden framework; conservation plans to protect a deep, clear lake that provides critical habitat; and creation of a community-led park design.

CRSDP is one of five Partnerships across Greater Minnesota that connect local communities and citizens with the University of Minnesota.  Each of the five Partnerships is citizen-driven, building community-University collaboration to create new opportunities and solve challenges.

For more information or to submit a project idea to the CRSDP, visit extension.umn.edu/rsdp/idea-brief/ or contact Molly Zins at zend0007@umn.edu or (218) 828-2332.

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