Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Facilitating the Alignment of Private and Public Actors toward Positive Environmental and Social Change

Welcome to the Center for Sustainable Enterprise Development (CSED) at the University of Minnesota. Approved in July 2008, CSED provides an interdisciplinary home for research, education, and outreach activities addressing the interface between business, nongovernmental organizations, and government as they work toward harnessing the ingenuity of commercial enterprise for positive social and environmental change. 

Beginning July 2009, CSED will largely operate under the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NISE) within the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Please visit our new web home at, and don't hesitate to contact Dr. Timothy Smith or Sherry Enzler, J.D. directly.