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 Office of Outreach & Engagement also works closely with the Iowa League of Resource Conservation & Development which provides leadership, services, and a unified voice to its member RC&D organizations.
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.