The Resilient Communities Project connects Minnesota communities with University of Minnesota faculty and students in one-year partnerships to address local issues in ways that advance sustainability and resilience. Through these partnerships, RCP advances an innovative model of community‐engaged sustainability education; trains future sustainability practitioners; builds city staff capacity to advance sustainability and resilience; and produces best practices, tools, and cases that can inform sustainability practice throughout Minnesota. With support from IonE, RCP provided the cities of Minnetonka, North St. Paul, and Rosemount with research and technical assistance on more than 60 community‐defined sustainability‐related projects in the areas of housing, transportation, energy, climate change and adaptation, civic engagement and communication, environmental and natural resource management, and demographic change. At the same time, it provided more than 800 students with experiential learning opportunities and helped 55 faculty members incorporate community projects into more than 90 courses across dozens of academic departments in 11 colleges on two University of Minnesota campuses (Twin Cities and Duluth).
- Carissa Slotterback, Humphrey School of Public Affairs