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Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS)

The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability is a grassroots organization and 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation located in northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range. We are dedicated to maintaining and improving the economic, environmental and social characteristics of our area so that our residents can continue to lead healthy, productive and enjoyable lives. Through our events, initiatives and projects we explore and seek answers to the question: how can we meet the needs of the present without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their needs? Using an inclusive approach, we invite all the residents of the Iron Range and Northeastern Minnesota to join us in conversation about sustainability.


IRPS facilitates collaboration towards a sustainable and thriving Iron Range.

The goal of IRPS is to build connections between community, economy, and environment to promote sustainable living in northeastern Minnesota.

Organizational Values:


IRPS bases our work on the balance of all three elements of sustainability –community, economy, and environment. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. We promote sustainability at both the community and individual levels.

Bringing People & Communities Together

We believe that the best decisions are made when there is an opportunity to express and understand different points of view. IRPS respects individuals and organizations holding differing perspectives, and facilitates open dialogue to promote sustainability.

Raising Awareness

IRPS is engaged in education and takes care to ensure that we share accurate information and provide practical resources to solve sustainability issues. We believe that both producers and consumers in our community will benefit from increased awareness of all three components of sustainability.

Focus Locally

We celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of the region and believe in local creative capacities to cultivate effective sustainable communities.

Multi-Generational Perspective

We believe in engaging every generation in increasing awareness of sustainability and how we impact the future.

Personal and Planetary Health

We believe that an individual’s health is dependent, in part, on the health of the planet, and that healthy bodies and the well-being of the earth are connected.

Land Ethic

We should learn how to live on the land without spoiling it, preserving it for generations to come.


Goal 1. Community members will reduce their impact on the earth by adopting sustainable living strategies.

  • Objective A. Create new avenues for community members to increase their consumption of quality locally grown food.
  • Objective B. Create avenues for individuals to take concrete steps to increase their mental and physical wellness.
  • Objective C. Increase discussion of energy use and alternative energy resources; promote the adoption and use of energy-related programs and practices.
  • Objective D. Encourage recycling, composting, re-use, and up-cycling.

Goal 2. An increasing number of youth are engaged in actively learning about and creatively addressing sustainability challenges.

  • Objective A. Provide education and engagement for youth involvement.

Goal 3. Increase number and geographic diversity of partnerships.

  • Objective A. Expand partnerships throughout the IRPS service area.

Goal 4. IRPS will increase its organizational capacity.

  • Objective A. IRPS will pursue human and financial resources in order to more fully carry out its mission

Support IRPS

If you or your organization would like to contribute to IRPS’s ongoing efforts and initiatives please consider making a monetary contribution by clicking the IRPS donations page through Give MN below:

If you would prefer to make a donation by check, please make payable to:
Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
P.O. Box 1165
Virginia, MN 55792

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IRPS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Our federal EIN # is 27-5050532. 

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