WSU partners with community members and organizations in many ways develop strong sustainable programs and practices.
- In 2007, seven of Winona's largest institutions formed Sustain Winona as an alliance of public and private, government, and educational institutions committed to working together to achieve on a wide range of sustainability goals. The partners are Winona State University, the City of Winona, the County of Winona, Winona Area Public Schools, Minnesota State Collegeâ€”Southeast Technical, Cotter High School, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
- WSU and Winona's Parks and Recreaction Department partner on many environmental and sustainable intitiaves during the year, including Earth Day, the Winona Eco Challenge, and general programming for kids and adults.
- The Frozen River Film Festival has been partnering with WSU since 2006. Beyond the use of WSU's facilities, the partnership offers opportunities for student interns, faculty commitments, and media collaboration. Student interns have been able to learn about all aspects of organizing a film festival, from choosing the films to collecting the tickets at the door. Numerous faculty members have been able to incorporate films into their class discussions; many have designed service-learning components into their classes. Student-produced films have also been included in the festival. Since 2008, FRFF has been a key partner for our University Themes each year.
- Each year, Winona Farmers Market comes to the WSU campus in the fall during Parents Weekend and in January as part of the Frozen River Film Festival.
- WSU students, staff, and faculty members are active participants in nearby Wahapasa's Prairie Community Gardens. Since the first gardens were planted in the spring of 2009, all gardenrs have used organic, sustainable techniques to grow a variety of wonderful foods. In addition to individual plots, a hunger garden plot is supported by everyone to food for Winona's Food Shelf and Winona's Catholic Worker houses.
- The WSU Biology department has worked for a number of years to restore the prairie at Garvin Heights, on the bluffs overlooking Winona. Each year students participate in work projects to cut back invasive Buckthorn and do general maintenance of the prarie. In the Garvin Heights Restoration article, the histroy of the prarie and the strory of it's restoration is told.