About The University of Iowa’s Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Partnership is a community engagement initiative that partners the University of Iowa with Iowa’s nine Resource Conservation & Development non-profit organizations to help build strong, sustainable communities and improve the quality of life in Iowa. The University of Iowa works with the nine RC&Ds through a variety of projects, workshops, and grant collaborations that cover topics including environmental conservation, sustainable development, arts and culture, economic development, community health and wellness, and non-profit development.
The RC&D Partnership provides numerous opportunities for students and faculty at the University of Iowa to connect with communities across the state, utilizing both student-led community engagement, where students complete real-world projects in their academic courses, and community-based research, where faculty and staff collaborate with the RC&Ds to complete research within communities in Iowa. Through this partnership, the University of Iowa and Iowa’s Resource Conservation & Development organizations demonstrate their renewed commitment to serving the people and communities of the state.
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Macedonia Folk Art Center Design Project Golden Hills partnered with the Design & Management Civil Engineering course taught by Professor Paul Hanley to design a project for the proposed Macedonia Folk Art Center in Macedonia, Iowa. Students designed and addressed engineering solutions related to the building site. Recommendations for site development, facility design and sustainable building practices are part of the project. The student-led project will be used to support a capital campaign to raise funds for the Folk Art Center’s construction and development as well as inform the final architectural and construction documents.
Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II Grant Search Project Students were partnered with Golden Hills RC&D to research their individual missions and conduct grant searches relating to our RC&D’s specific funding needs. These students were enrolled in an online course titled Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II, led by Professor Jill Smith in the Tippie College of Business. The purpose of Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II is to introduce students to the specific leadership and management skills needed for the effective day-to-day operation of nonprofit organizations (e.g. accountability, human resources, community engagement, and funding decisions).
Office of the State Archeologist Summer Book Tour Golden Hills RC&D collaborated on the Office of the State Archeologist summer book tour by holding a book signing/unveiling event at the Bodega Victoriana in Glenwood, Iowa in June 2015. The OSA book tour was beneficial to the RC&D, one of their partner organizations, as well as the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway.