Alison Lindburg selected for Sweden Group Study Exchange

Tour to explore sustainable eco-communities


Minneapolis, MN - Alison Lindburg, director of the Eco-Affordable Housing program at Dovetail Partners, was recently selected to be a team member for the Rotary Club's Group Study Exchange program. The program includes a tour to Sweden in March 2009. Four people were selected to participate in the month-long program that will highlight efforts in Sweden to develop and maintain sustainable eco-communities. The tour will include exploring The Natural Step process, carbon neutrality, and the Rotary Club's motto, “service above self.”

A Rotary District 5960 GSE team will arrive in Gothenburg, Sweden, on March 4, 2009 and depart from Sweden on April 1, 2009. Rotary offers this opportunity to spend a month living with local Rotarians and seeing the country in a way few will ever experience. The exchange will emphasize the efforts underway in Sweden to develop and maintain sustainable eco-communities.

“I'm very excited by how this exchange could help inform sustainability efforts in small communities in Minnesota and elsewhere,” says Lindburg. “The Rotary Club has provided a spectacular opportunity to learn from leaders in sustainability.”


Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a unique educational experience that furthers international understanding by providing an opportunity for outstanding business and professional people to study another country, its people, its culture and its institutions. Each GSE team visits a Rotary district in another country for four weeks. Team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, if possible, and follow an itinerary of educational and cultural points of interest. Travel and living expenses are covered during the exchange by The Rotary Foundation, host country Rotarians and Rotary District 5960.

Lindburg plans to document the exchange experiences on her blog as a means to share it with others, available at:


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