University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Sustainability Education

Network Supported Projects

Network members choose two projects each year that have particular promise in building the capacity for sustainability education at the University.  To help these projects develop, the Network provides support and resources.

Expanding the Scale and Scope of Sustainability Education

The Network is providing support for an ongoing pilot project of the University of Minnesota Sustainability Committee’s Curriculum and Academic Workteam.

Resilient Communities Project: Building Community-University Partnerships for Sustainability

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) serves communities and organizations at the local or regional scale by convening the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students. Each year, RCP partners with a Minnesota community to address strategic local projects intended to advance community resilience and sustainability.

RCP’s pilot year with the City of Minnetonka involves eight projects that engaged more than 150 students in eleven courses across seven schools and colleges at the University of Minnesota. Last year RCP worked with the City of North St. Paul and tackled issues of environmental sustainability, community building, and accessibility. This year RCP is working with the City of Rosemount.

The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.