Rosemount elected officials, city staff, and residents to join U of M faculty in launching year-long partnership aimed at educating students and boosting community resilience

Who: Rosemount elected officials, city staff and residents, along with University of Minnesota faculty 
What: Kickoff event for the Resilient Communities Project-Rosemount
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19
Where: Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail, Rosemount

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (9/18/14) – Rosemount elected officials, city staff and residents will join University of Minnesota faculty, students and academic leaders in a kickoff celebration event for the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), an initiative that will bring the expertise of hundreds of students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by Rosemount officials. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 in the Banquet Hall at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail.

RCP is an innovative and interdisciplinary program at the University of Minnesota. A unique community-university partnership, RCP helps communities address challenges and make progress on key local issues such as housing, public engagement, parks and open space, energy and transportation.

RCP’s year-long partnership with Rosemount will utilize the broad capacity of faculty and students from across 11 University of Minnesota colleges and more than two dozen courses to contribute to sustainable solutions. "We are excited to be part of this unique opportunity," said Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste.  "It connects U of M faculty, students, city staff, and in some cases citizens to address city problems and issues. We hope to develop innovative solutions to community needs." Mayor Droste added that "Rosemount has a long history of cooperation with the University in its operations of and planning for UMore park. The benefits from the Resilient Communities Project will continue in that tradition."

Rosemount is the third city to partner with the U of M through the Resilient Communities Project, following Minnetonka and North St. Paul. At the conclusion of the partnership next spring, RCP will help the city of Rosemount create a strategy to evaluate and monitor ongoing sustainability efforts.

RCP is an initiative of the Sustainability Faculty Network at the University of Minnesota, with funding and administrative support provided by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Visit for further details.