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7th Global RCE Conference, Tongyeong, Republic of Korea, September 21-24, 2012

Dear RCEs and candidates,

Trust you are all doing well.

Thanks to all of you, the network of global RCE family has expanded to one hundred (100) RCEs as of February 2012, and at the same time, collaborative relationships within and across RCEs have been strengthened dramatically in the past few years.

It is our great pleasure to announce that the 7th Global RCE Conference will be organised in Tongyeong, Republic of Korea from 21 to 24 September 2012. This year, the Conference will be kindly hosted by RCE Tongyeong and City of Tongyeong. The official invitation and programme will be sent to you in due course but for now we would appreciate it if you would kindly mark it on your calendar and arrange your busy schedule for the Conference.

Some thematic and strategic discussions have been carried on since the last Global RCE Conference in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. We would like to once again encourage you to utilise the RCE Portal ( for further communication and discussion. Those who have any questions in regard to the RCE Portal, please feel free to contact us. In addition, RCE Tongyeong is also planning to open the Conference website shortly. They very much look forward to linking RCEs with their local ESD practitioners including academia, youth, and schools.

More information will follow later. We hope to see you all at the Global RCE Conference in September!

Warm regards,

Sachiko Yasuda

On behalf of the Global RCE Service Centre


Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Academy, Bankok, March 7-9, 2012

This is the announcement of the upcoming AtKisson ISIS Academy CSR tools workshop which we will conduct in Bangkok from 7-9 March 2012.  Any assistance that you can provide would be of great value and appreciation to us.  If your contact register we will still provide them with the 'early bird' price if they mention that they heard of the workshop from or through any of you.

Thanks so much!  Take care and all the best.


Robert Steele
Director / Sustainability Asia
Senior Associate / AtKisson Group
70/1 Soi Wattanayotin, Rangnam Road
Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Tel: +6681 920 2215

UI GreenMetric World University Ranking

Please see the following global ranking of universities based on their green initiatives specifically including their carbon footprints.--Roger

Permaculture Events in Regina Feb. 24 and 25, 2012

Permaculture: A Fast Growing Movement for Positive Change

An exciting opportunity to attend a workshop and hear an excellent

Many people today are keenly aware of a need for change and care deeply
about the planet and their communities but feel powerless to do anything
to make a difference.  However, when informed about a diverse and
deepening scope of positive, practical & effective solutions people
become inspired and empowered change-makers in their communities.

Permaculture Regina is pleased to present  Rob Avis of Verge
Permaculture.  He will discuss the fundamentals of permaculture ethics,
principles and design methodology, and how it can be applied to:
- improve your home & backyard while saving resources and building a
healthy place for family, friends and community;
- build resilient communities patterned after ecological principles; and
- assemble landscapes that clean water, use less energy, provide healthy
organic food, save money and contribute to a healthy ecology.

Whether your interest is gardening, building homes, community work,
economic regeneration, education, health, planning, business or green
lifestyles, the application of permaculture design provides positive
solutions towards a sustainable future.

Free talk : Fri Feb 24 ,7-9 pm, Cathedral  Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 –
13th Avenue, Regina

Workshop : Sat Feb 25 , 9 am – 4 pm, Room 106, U of R College Avenue,
2100 block College Ave., Regina

Workshop Fees
Student - $75, Regular - $115
Register by Feb 21 to ensure your spot.
By phone: (306) 535-9570
By e-mail:
In-person at: Eat Healthy Foods, 3030 12th Ave, Regina (306) 522-4167
Is cost an issue? Don’t let that stop you – we’d love to talk to you
about  ways to make this work for you.

See our Facebook page: “Permaculture Regina”

About the Speaker Rob Avis
Rob Avis and his wife Michelle run the Calgary-based consulting &
education company, Verge Permaculture, which specializes in creating
sustainable human environments using whole-systems philosophies and
working with nature.

Open Call for New RCE Applications 2012

Dear RCE colleagues,

UNU is now calling for applications for new RCEs for 2011. Kindly please find the attached letter and also visit the UNU-IAS website ( for more information.

Our RCE community is expanding year by year thanks to each local ESD practitioners and coordinators’ contribution / endeavor in every countries. As of January 2012, there are one hundred acknowledged RCEs all over the world!

Toward 2014 and beyond, UNU-IAS will encourage building broader & stronger networks in order to enable their activities sustainable & tangible, and thus it would be most appreciated if you connect & support each other as RCE community members. Please disseminate this information through your lines of communication.

Here is the information for applicants;

-Those organisations who are interested in initiating the RCE process and applying to become an RCE are requested to send expressions of interest to UNU-IAS by Monday, 9 April 2012.

-RCE candidates are then requested to submit an application and an application summary by Monday, 4 June 2012. The Secretariat will communicate with the applicants in July and August, so that applications can be developed in time for the Ubuntu Committee Meeting in the last quarter of this year.

-UNU does not require that a specific format be followed for the main application document, as long as all the required information is provided. The required form for the application summary can be downloaded from the Education for Sustainable Development Programme website at (see “Open Call for RCE applications 2012”). Please refer to the website's RCE application guidelines for full details.

-Expressions of interest, applications and application summaries should be sent electronically to the Global RCE Service Centre at

Though the application reviewing process, we would like existing RCE members to assist to review & make comments on applications.  The Global RCE Service Centre will inquire whether you can be peer reviewers for candidates after the application process started in June with a relevant TOR. We appreciated if you would take this role for capacity building of new potential RCEs!

Thank you for your kind assistance, and look forward to further collaboration.

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