Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Mindy Granley
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Duluth
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mindy Granley
Sustainability Director
UMD Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Minnesota Sea Grant

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Minnesota Sea Grant offices on campus provide education and outreach to the public along the Lake Superior north shore region along with involving students in volunteering and internship experiences within their organization. The program works to "convey the need of communities, industries, and management agencies to the university scientists" and to "promote the best and most current science regarding Lake Superior and inland lakes to resources users, managers, and policy-makers".

More info at:
http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Northeast Regional Sustainability Development Partnership

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

The University of Minnesota Extension Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (Northeast RSDP) makes a difference by combining community leadership with the research and educational resources of the University of Minnesota to foster long-term sustainability in the Northeast region of Minnesota. They partner with community leaders, schools, businesseses, and other organizations to assess and promote changes within the communities.

RSDP grants supply both funding and University technical expertise towards projects that advance sustainability in our region.

More info at:
https://extension.umn.edu/regional-partnerships/northeast-rsdp


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Natural Research and Resource Institute

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth is a non-profit applied research organization with research facilities located in Duluth and Coleraine, Minnesota. Employing over 140 scientists, engineers and technicians, NRRI performs applied research to develop and deliver the understanding and tools needed to utilize the state's resources in a balanced and responsible manner.
https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

NRRI hosts tours for community members, and was a lead planner in a premiere engagement event focused on climate change impacts this year: Our Climate Futures: Meeting the Challenge in Duluth. Our Climate Futures was a free two-day conference focused on local and regional adaptation to climate change in Northern Minnesota. Panel discussions included representatives from academia, government, and businesses. Audience participation was encouraged and Q&A engagement was heavily relied upon. Jesse Keenan, Harvard School of Design, presented the keynote address about climate change adaptation.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

In Spring 2019, a Community Engagement survey was sent to campus to better collect and aggregate impact on the community through Faculty/Staff (n = 128) and Departmental (n = 17) action.

A summary of this survey (which is planned to be repeated each spring) is available at:z.umn.edu/UMDEngage


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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