Resilient Communities Project (RCP)
SERVES: local governments and regional entities in Minnesota
PROGRAM: The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) works with one Minnesota city per year to match community-identified sustainability projects with graduate courses at the University of Minnesota that have a community-project component related to one or more of the city's needs. RCP is intended to better connect University resources with communities, regional entities, and organizations interested in sustainability in the Twin Cities and other metropolitan areas in Minnesota. RCP provides the community with access to hundreds of students and faculty across a range of academic disciplines, from design, planning, and engineering to business, environmental sciences, and the humanities. In addition, the program offers students real-world opportunities to apply their knowledge and training, as well as to engage with students in other programs and fields of study.
The Resilient Communities Project is modeled on the Sustainable Cities Year Program at the University of Oregon, a highly successful cross-disciplinary program that supports one-year partnerships between a selected city and the university, facilitating faculty-supervised course-based projects that meet city-identified sustainability needs.
TO APPLY: A request for proposals for the 2013–2014 academic year will be issued in fall 2012.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the RCP website.