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University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project-Minnetonka kicks off Friday, Sept. 14

Minnetonka 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: Minnetonka elected officials, city staff and residents, along with University of Minnesota faculty
What: Kickoff event for the Resilient Communities Project-Minnetonka
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14
Where: Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka

Contacts: Mike Greco, Resilient Communities Project, mgreco@umn.edu, (612) 625-7501
Jacque Larson, City of Minnetonka, jlarson@eminnetonka.com, (952) 939-8207
Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552

September 13, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/13/12) – Minnetonka elected officials, city staff and residents will join University of Minnesota academic leaders in a kickoff celebration event for the Resilient Communities Project, an initiative that will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the university to sustainability-related projects identified by Minnetonka officials.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Minnetonka Community Room at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is an innovative and interdisciplinary new program at the University of Minnesota. A unique community-university partnership, RCP will help communities address challenges and make progress on key issues such as identity and communications, water, energy and urban planning. RCP will utilize the broad capacity of faculty and students from across seven university colleges and 11 courses to contribute to sustainable solutions.

Minnetonka is the first city to partner with the U of M on the Resilient Communities Project. At the conclusion of the partnership, RCP will help the city 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). For more information, please visit www.rcp.umn.edu.

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