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12th Global RCE Conference

Posted December 1, 2021

RCE Scotland hosted the virtual 12th Global RCE Conference November 16 - 18. Check out the presentations and awards from your RCE colleagues around the world. https://www.rcenetwork.org/portal/12th-global-rce-conference. This year's theme was Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises.

 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic adds voice to shared sustainable development commitment in signing SDG Accord

Posted October 20, 2021

Congratulations to RCE Partner Saskatchewan Polytechnic for joining an international network of post-secondary institution signatories to the SDG Accord, a global initiative to further the United Nation (UN)’s Sustainable Development Goals.  

The SDG Accord calls upon the world’s colleges, polytechnics and universities to embed the Sustainable Development Goals into education, research, leadership, operations, administration, and engagement activities, and to align all major efforts with the Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators.  Read the full story

 

Be Inspired!  Attend the 10th Annual RCE Americas Virtual Meeting - October 5-7

Register now for the 10th Americas Regional Meeting.   The event is free and virtual, October 5-7th from 6-8 pm EDT.  Meeting host is RCE Salisbury, co-directed by Dr. Brittany Foutz and Dr. Brian Polkinghorn. To register, fill out this Google Form.

 

RCE Saskatchewan honours 16 local initiatives in virtual event hosted by Saskatchewan Environmental Society

RCE Saskatchewan held its 13th annual Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event Wednesday, May 12, 2021, recognizing sustainability initiatives from school divisions, post-secondary institutions and diverse groups such as Ducks Unlimited, Citizens Environmental Alliance, Canadian Wildlife Federation and others.  Videos of the full event and individual initiaive presentations are posted on the RCE SK YouTube Channel, and the list of the recipients is here

The host for the 2021 Recognition Event was the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, which works towards environmental sustainability through public education, policy development, and community events.  Since 2008, the annual RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event has honoured local individuals, groups and organizations that have made innovative achievements in education and build capacity for Saskatchewan to work toward the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals  (2015 - 2030).  Held in a different community each year, the event shines a spotlight on projects from across the province.  

RCE Georgetown inspires Saskatchewan with guidance on the legal rights of nature  

The Provincial Association of Resort Villages of Saskatchewan (PARCS) is hosting five FREE webinars on water quality in our lakes. Please check out the list of speakers coming in May and June.   Kicking it off on May 19 was Dr Pamela Martin, speaking on the rights of nature.  She is executive director of RCE Georgetown in South Carolina.  Check out the video presentation here

3thAnnual RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event 

Join Online on Zoom (link here), Wednesday, May 12, 9:00 am - noon CST

 On Wednesday, May 12, RCE Saskatchewan will celebrate sustainability achievements of such diverse groups as school boards, post-secondary institutions and organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Nature Saskatchewan, Citizens Environmental Alliance, the Meewasin Valley and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.  All projects receiving recognition include Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a means to support the advancement of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in Saskatchewan. The 17 SDGs derived from the 2015 adoption of the United Nations' “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” by 193 countries, including Canada.

 The awards ceremony will be followed by an interactive session on Building a Sustainable Future through Environmental Education and Eco-Literacy, presented by Megan van Buskirk of the Sask. Environmental Society and Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Re-Orienting Education Toward Sustainability at York University. 

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Water quality advocates engage international expertise from RCE Georgetown  

The Provincial Association of Resort Villages of Saskatchewan (PARCS) is hosting five FREE webinars on water quality in our lakes. Please check out the list of speakers coming in May and June.   Kicking it off on May 19 is Dr Pamela Martin, speaking on the rights of nature.  She is executive director of RCE Georgetown in South Carolina.   

Mark your calendar:  RCE Sask awards to be hosted by Saskatchewan Environmental Society May 12

Join us virtually May 12 to recognize and celebrate local sustainability leaders!  RCE Saskatchewan's 13th Annual Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  A link to the will be available in early May.  Contact rcesk.event@gmail.com if you wish to attend!   The host for the 2021 Recognition Event will be the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.  Founded in 1970, SES works towards environmental sustainability through public education, policy development, and community events.

To learn more about the event and its generous sponsors, visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com.    Follow Twitter.com/SaskRCE for live results! 

RCE Sask shares strategies with RCE Greater Atlanta

RCE Saskatchewan shared stories and strategies with RCE Greater Atlanta and the school of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology on March 23.  Presentation recording March 23/21.  The presentation by Dr. Roger Petry, Strategic Interventions for Social, Ecological, and Economic Justice in Saskatchewan: The Role of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development covered several RCE Saskatchewan activities since 2009.  Also presenting were two local community sustainability activists from Saskatchewan.

 “It’s an amazing collaboration, and what’s nice is … it seems like there are academics and practitioners; there is a community there,” said Professor Protip Biswas, Georgia Institute of Technology.

The final presenter was Jennifer Hirsch, Coordinator/Co-Founder of RCE Greater Atlanta, and Director of Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology. Check out this wonderful video!  Presentation recording March 23/21.

2021 RCE Sustainability Awards:  Application deadline is March 31

Posted January 20, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for RCE Saskatchewan's 13th annual Recognition Event.  We invite applications from any individuals, organizations, schools or businesses that have educational initiatives aimed at achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).   This year's event will be virtual and will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.  In addition to the awards, our community host, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society is planning an educational session.  

Return your application form to rcesk.event@gmail.com no later than March 31.  All projects that meet the criteria will be recognized.  See examples of past award recipients.  For more information email  rcesk.event@gmail.com or call  (306) 654-2075.   We look forward to learning about your initiative!

 

Nov 3 Advancing Water Resiliency event makes a big splash!!

Posted November 10, 2020

Congratulations to the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy on a very well attended online public event.  See the follow on CTV News story and Regina LeaderPost story.

RCE Saskatchewan contributes to Public Lecture ~ Advancing Water Resiliency: Nature's Contribution to People and Agriculture; Nov 3, 10 am video conference 

Posted October 28, 2020

Don't miss this forward-looking public panel presentation focused on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12, which envisions using natural resources, such as water, sustainably in both consumption and production practices. Wetlands, grasslands and pasture land can act as natural sinks to reduce GHG emissions and their protection offers synergistic benefits in improving water quality. While agricultural producers have made important contributions in this regard it is important not to lose the momentum.  This panel will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and will envision a path forward.   November 03, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST; Register online to receive a link to the zoom event.  https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/news-events/events/2020/11/advancing-water-resiliency-natures-contribution-to-people-and-agriculture.php   

CTV Regina: Build up of algae in Fort Qu’Appelle | CTV News   https://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2060269

 

RCE Saskatchewan helps promote 2020 sustainability projects through social media

Posted June 25, 2020

To help sustainability leaders share their great stories, RCE Saskatchewan is posting a short video on each of its 2020 award recipients to Facebook and TwitterSee the list of recipients here and watch the ceremony on the RCE Saskatchewan You Tube channel.   Congratulations recipients and keep in touch!

RCE Saskatchewan recognizes exceptional sustainability achievements

Posted May 20, 2020

In a live streamed event on May 13, RCE Saskatchewan recognized 17 local sustainability initiatives for their achievements in education for sustainable development.  RCE Co-Coordinator, Dr. Roger Petry,  “It’s tremendously exciting to see the ideas, people, and organizations mobilized to build a sustainable future for Saskatchewan.  It’s a real privilege to be able to acknowledge these initiatives and help connect them to the UN’s 17 sustainable development global goals so they know they are part of a larger movement.”  See the list of recipients here and watch the ceremony on the RCE Saskatchewan You Tube channel.  Watch for more updates!

Join us for the Live Stream the RCE Saskatchewan Annual Recognition Event, Wednesday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Posted May 12, 2020

Join us live for the 12th Annual RCE SK Recognition Event. It will be live-streamed tomorrow at https://www.uregina.ca/science/live.html. Log-in starting at 9:15 a.m., event starts at 9:30 a.m. CST.  Be inspired by 17 unique sustainability projects in Saskatchewan.  Follow us on Twitter for live event updates and watch the video after the event on You Tube.   View program details here.

New!  Video highlights inspiration created by Saskatchewan RCE network

Posted May 12, 2020

Check out a new RCE Saskatchewan video showing the inspiration the RCE network brings to local sustainability leaders and initiatives. 

Reminder: 2020 RCE Sask Sustainability Awards: Wednesday, May 13, at First Nations University of Canada, Regina

Are you working on a project that has involves education for sustainable development and contributes to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals?  We invite any individuals, organizations, schools or businesses to apply to be recognized for their achievements. Award submissions are due March 31. More details coming soon!

Here are links to our 2019 recipients.  For more information, please visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com

Luther College sustainability efforts featured on CTV morning show

Posted February 26, 2020

Check out this morning’s CTV spot with Dr. Roger Petry on Sustainable Development Goals and Luther College https://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1908252

RCE Celebration:  Thursday, January 23, 7 pm, Bushwakker Brew Pub, Regina

Come out to be inspired, motivated and connected!  RCE Saskatchewan is hosting a relaxed get together this coming Thursday, January 23, to share brief highlights about sustainability work happening right now, and to celebrate and learn together.  We hope you will bring you friends to:

  • learn about the fantastic sustainability work going on locally
  • make valuable connections that will help you with your sustainability work.
  • chat with sustainability leaders and find out how the global and local RCE network is helping.

We hope to see you there!  

2020 RCE Sask Sustainability Awards: Wednesday, May 13, at First Nations
University of Canada, Regina

Are you working on a project that has involves education for sustainable development and contributes to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals?  We invite any individuals, organizations, schools or businesses to apply to be recognized for their achievements. Award submissions are due March 31. More details coming soon!

Here are links to our 2019 recipients.  For more information, please visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com

RCE Saskatchewan welcomes new patron

His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor and Patron of RCE SaskatchewanRCE Saskatchewan is proud to welcome the patronage of His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.   Mr. Mirasty took on his new role earlier this year following the passing of His Honour the Honourable Thomas Molloy, who participated in RCE Saskatchewan's 2018 Recognition Event. 

We look forward to the support of Mr. Mirasty at future RCE events!  http://ltgov.sk.ca/the-lieutenant-governor/lieutenant-governor-russ-mirasty.

RCE Saskatchewan recognizes 29 initiatives at 11th annual awards ceremony in 2019

Posted May 13, 2019

Congratulations to the 29 recipients of 2019 Sustainability Awards, presented by RCE Saskatchewan on Wednesday, May 8 at Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre on the shores of Candle Lake.  Photos of the event are posted on https://twitter.com/SaskRCE.   Watch the full ceremony on video, or the video of guest keynote speaker Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair at York University on Re-orienting Education for Sustainable Development.

Since 2007, the annual RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event has honoured local individuals, groups and organizations that have made innovative achievements in education that builds capacity for sustainable development in Saskatchewan and that help contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).  Held in a different community each year, the event shines a spotlight on projects from across the province.  For more information on applying for an award or participating in the event, visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.

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Watch live sustainability award results on Twitter!

Posted May 2, 2019

We are thrilled to be presenting our RCE Saskatchewan 2019 Education for Sustainable Development awards this Wednesday, May 8.  The event begins at 10:00 am. To see live results, follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/SaskRCE

2019 Sustainability AwardsWednesday, May 8 at Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre on the shores of Candle Lake

Posted February 13, 2019

Whether you are a hopeful award recipient or are interested in learning and networking, consider joining us at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre on May 8.  With the theme Sustainable Partnerships: Nurturing the Next Generation of Land Stewards, this year’s sustainability awards will be awarded at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre on the shores of Candle Lake.  Saskatchewan's only boreal field station, the Centre is a partnership of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.  

Since 2007, the annual RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event has honoured local individuals, groups and organizations that have made innovative achievements in education that builds capacity for sustainable development in Saskatchewan and that help contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).  Held in a different community each year, the event shines a spotlight on projects from across the province.  For more information on applying for an award or participating in the event, visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com.

23 initiatives recognized at 10th Annual RCE Sask Sustainability Awards, May 2, 2018  in Stockholm, SK

Posted May 3, 2018

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RCE Saskatchewan recognized 23 innovative initiatives in education for sustainable development at its 10th Annual Sustainability Awards, May 2, in Stockholm, SK.  The event included a ceremonial tree planting in Macdonald School Outdoor Classroom with His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education for Sustainable Development.  The event was blessed by Cultural Advocate, Andrew Quewezance.

Thank you to Macdonald School for hosting and to all who came out to celebrate together!  To learn about recipients, check out our Twitter feed and www.rceskrecognitionevent.com

Teachers in Stockholm talk Sustainable Development with RCE Leaders

Posted May 1, 2018

The evening before RCE Saskatchewan's 10th annual Sustainability Awards, teachers at MacDonald School in Stockholm toured visiting RCE leaders through their innovative school yard, home to a goat, chickens, fire pit, forest area, trails, greenhouse and mental health gazebo.  They also toured other teachers from the area and stayed after to learn from Hopkins. 

"What you're doing here is inspiring and you need to know there are people around the world just like you," Charles Hopkins told them.  UNESCO Chair at York University on Re-orienting Education for Sustainable Development, Hopkins described the evolution of sustainable development and shared one of his favourite definitions, given to him by an African elder:  "Enough... for all... forever."  He also put the school's work in the global context.  "I love to see how people maximize the resources they have. Thank you so much for everything you are doing. I hope you will become a powerful part of RCE Saskatchewan.  We will continue to learn and grow together."   

Teacher Melissa Johanson said the evening gave her new perspective and motivation.  "It was all the people coming together and realizing there's other people like us, and it's important to make those connections and to further our learning."  She said listening to Hopkins strengthened her vision for the future. "What really made me think the hardest was when he asked what are the problems around here."  She and her colleagues described issues such as recycling, and the disappearance of bush and wetlands in the area.  "It took me a while to think of these, but I have been thinking about these issues.  So now it's how we can make a difference, how we can allow the children to feel that responsibility?  It's doing what we're doing but just going deeper and moving it "from me to we."

The school's principal, Reg Leidl, said the visit was exciting for his staff and students.  "We feel incredibly honoured to have you with us.  It's been incredibly profound."

Hopkins left them with encouragement. "You are doing the best you can ... it's darn good!

Save the Date:  Wednesday, May 2, Celebrate Saskatchewan: 10 years of global leadership in sustainable development

7 - 9 pm, brief presentations (20 min) followed by a celebration!  Bushwakkers Brewing Company
Community leaders across Saskatchewan are working every day to protect natural resources and build a strong, sustainable social and economic future. RCE Saskatchewan is a voluntary network of local sustainable development leaders, educators, researchers and UN agencies united under the UN Global Goals. Since 2013, six Saskatchewan sustainability initiatives have earned global recognition from the United Nations University.  Hear about and celebrate the 10 years of groundbreaking collaboration that is forging new paths for a sustainable future in Saskatchewan.

Meet local sustainability leaders and Dr. Charles (Chuck) Hopkins, UNESCO Chair at York University, who will explain the leadership Saskatchewan and the global RCE network are providing in global education for sustainable development.

We hope to see you there!  Thank you to Calling Lakes Ecomuseum, a proud flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan, for organizing.  We hope you will join us!

Applications for the 2018 RCE Saskatchewan Sustainability Awards now closed

If you have submitted, please ensure you have received a confirmation email.  If not, contact rcesk.event@gmail.com.  Applicants will be notified of their outcome the week of April 9. 

We look to a wonderful event May 2, in Stockholm, Saskatchewan!  This year's community host is Macdonald School, a K-9 school with 97 students, 5 teachers and remarkable initiative. They have implemented several school based projects including an outdoor classroom with a brick amphitheatre, storage barn, nature trails, and teepees. They have added a greenhouse & flower gardens and a community Mental Health Gazebo. For more information on this community’s ingenuity watch this Youtube video.  Visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com for event details.  We hope to see you there!

Applications now open for 10th annual RCE Saskatchewan Sustainability Awards

Posted:  January 25, 2018

Have you had success in the past year educating others on sustainable development practices and the importance of sustainability?  Share your story and celebrate your success by applying for a recognition award from RCE Saskatchewan! Visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com for forms, examples of applications from prior years, and our past recipients.  The application deadline is March 31, 2018. Questions? Email rcesk.event@gmail.com.

Date set for 10th annual RCE Saskatchewan Sustainability Awards:  May 2, 2018, in Stockholm, SK

Posted:  January 9, 2018

Every year, RCE Saskatchewan brings its recognition event to a community in Saskatchewan leading the way in education for sustainable development.  This year's community host is Macdonald School, a K-9 school with 97 students, 5 teachers and remarkable initiative. They have implemented several school based projects including an outdoor classroom with a brick amphitheatre, storage barn, nature trails, and teepees. They have added a greenhouse & flower gardens and a community Mental Health Gazebo. For more information on this community’s ingenuity watch this Youtube video.

Visit www.rceskrecognitionevent.com for event details.  We hope to see you there!

RCE Saskatchewan recognizes 25 sustainability projects at 9th annual event in Hafford, SK

Posted:  May 25, 2017

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At its 2017 Recognition Event, May 3 in Hafford, SK, RCE Saskatchewan recognized another 25 innovative projects focusing on education for sustainable development. That brings the total to over 200 local projects recognized since the program launch in 2008!

The 2017 event also included presentations on the Canadian Committee for [UNESCO's] Man and the Biosphere Programme, Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve, and Aspen Innovation Park. Thank you to our hosts and program sponsors. Watch here for information on our 10th annual event coming up in May 2018! Follow us on Twitter @saskRCE.  

2017 Marks RCE Saskatchewan's First Decade:  10 Years of Strengthening Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Locally and Globally

RCE Saskatchewan's formation came about through a partnership of the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, First Nations University of Canada, Campion College, Luther College, Carlton Trail Regional College, and Cumberland Regional College.  After being formally recognized by the United Nations University in January 2007, celebrations to acknowledge RCE Saskatchewan took place in March 2007 in Regina, Craik and Saskatoon.  Below are some of the RCE's accomplishments in the past decade:

1. Supporting Saskatchewan's Sustainable Development Leaders

  • annual RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Events
  • conferences on key ESD issues
  • meetings with policy makers in municipal, provincial, and federal governments, schools, and post-secondary education
  • working with organizations and communities to create local living laboratories for education for sustainable development
  • strategic research inputs into key policy decisions by government on energy, water use, natural resource management, and sustainable livelihoods
  • documentation of over 200 ESD projects in Saskatchewan
  • formal research publications through the UN University and other scholarly journals

2. Strengthening Saskatchewan ESD through Global Connections

  • drawing connections for local leaders to UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • connecting local leaders to RCE resources and initiatives in other countries  Map of 150+ RCEs Around the World
  • presenting on Saskatchewan initiatives at international RCE conferences (Conferences of the Americas (Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Michigan and Vancouver) and Global Meetings)
  • RCE Saskatchewan flagship projects recognized by Global UN University RCE Awards  (Latest Global RCE E-Bulletin)
    • RCE Saskatchewan Annual Recognition Event – 2013
    • Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative – 2014
    • RCE K-12 Education Web Site – 2014
    • Voluntary Sector Studies Network – 2015
    • Sustainability and Education Policy Network - 2016
  • hosted local tours and presentations from RCEs in Japan, Australia, South Korea, Brazil

3.  Contributing Saskatchewan Leadership to Global Initiatives

  • provided facilitation and reporting to international RCE meetings and the UN University
  • invited to present on RCE movement at UN events in New York and Bonn, Germany
  • contributed to mid-term evaluation of UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development
  • hosted first-ever RCE Conference of the Americas
  • mentored and peer reviewed applications for new RCEs

The day promises to be very exciting. In addition to the recognition awards in the morning, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, our community host, is planning a very interactive and interesting afternoon featuring its campus and the applied research being done through its diverse sustainability programs just as forestry, fisheries, wildlife, conservation law, and environmental, civil and water resources engineering technology.