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 College 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 initiatives 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.