Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Stacey White
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project (RCP)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

RCP is a cross-disciplinary program that creates year-long partnerships between the University and communities in Minnesota to advance local sustainability and resilience. University students in graduate or undergraduate classes gain real-world experience and training to be future sustainability practitioners, while community partners gain access to the resources and expertise of the university to build local capacity around sustainability and resilience issues.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The Resilient Communities Project is a great example of partnership-based community engagement. With numerous individual projects planned in the chosen community throughout the year, the program as a whole addresses the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability and thus has a wide appeal. It has had a significant impact on communities that have participated in the past, building local capacity for sustainability and resilience in the years to come.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment Yes

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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