Southeast RSDP seeks new board member applicants

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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The Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is seeking applicants for membership on the board of directors.

Southeast RSDP is one of five regional partnerships across the state that connect local communities with University of Minnesota resources. Southeast RSDP board members and staff work together to foster community-university partnerships that support sustainable development in Greater Minnesota.

The Southeast RSDP board and four focus area work groups are composed of community volunteers from the region along with representation from University of Minnesota faculty and staff. RSDP strives to reflect a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives among its board membership.

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Successful board candidates will:

  • Contribute diverse backgrounds, identities, experiences and viewpoints
  • Operate with integrity in making decisions
  • Embrace complexity and innovation
  • Be committed to building resilience and sustainability in rural Minnesota communities economically, socially and environmentally.

Board members will work together to make decisions about how to invest resources in community-driven projects in four focus areas: sustainable agriculture and food systems, clean energy, resilient communities and natural resources. While Southeast RSDP is seeking applicants with interest and expertise across all four focus areas, it especially welcomes applicants with interest or experience in natural resources and clean energy. In an effort to build a board that represents a wide range of communities across our 16-county region, it is specifically seeking applicants from Faribault, Blue Earth, Waseca, Houston, Fillmore and Mower counties as well as the Prairie Island Indian Community. However, it will consider applications from community members throughout the southeast region with interest and experience in any of our four focus areas.

During three-year terms, board members participate in eight to 10 board meetings each year and up to three additional work group meetings by focus area.

Mileage compensation and honoraria for meeting attendance are available through RSDP and the University of Minnesota.

For more information see To apply, complete the application linked from the bottom of that page. Board member applications are received on a rolling basis, but are preferred by Wednesday, July 24 for a start date of Sept. 1.

If you have questions about this opportunity or would like to learn more, please contact Danielle Piraino, Southeast RSDP outreach specialist, at or (630) 797-8862.