"World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities" (June 5-6, 2012) Event Summary

Dear Colleagues,

Over 120 participants representing universities from 26 countries -from all geographical regions- have followed the invitation of the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and London Metropolitan University, and attended the "World Symposium on Sustainable Developmentat Universities", which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 5-6 June 2012, as a parallel event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20.  Further details on the event can be seen at:

A summary of the event and its  follow-up activities can be seen at:


Walter Leal

Petition to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides in Regina, SK


I am unable to comprehend how we are still fighting the rampant use of pesticides/herbicides in Regina ... over 10 years later. There has been some progress - elementary school yards are no longer sprayed, but the level spraying of Regina is absolutely absurd!
Please sign the petition if you agree, and spread this widely to your colleagues. Sincerely, Tanya
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Thank you for signing my petition: Don't abandon Regina's proposed cosmetic pesticide ban!!

Every single person who joins strengthens our call for action. Please take a minute to share this link with everyone you know:

Let's make change together,

Here's the petition for forwarding to your friends:

Don't abandon Regina's proposed cosmetic pesticide ban!

After its April 2012 recommendation to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides in the city of Regina, the city's Environmental Advisory Committee is now abandoning its original recommendation after pressure from business and stakeholders.

Pesticides can cause health issues in adults and children, including cancer, reproductive and nervous system problems. As an individual citizen and small businessperson in Regina, I am deeply concerned with our city's determination to place the health of the pesticide and lawn care industries above the health of our children and communities.

On Thursday, June 7 at 5:30pm, the Environmental Advisory Committee will meet again. Please sign this petition (or come to Thursday's meeting at City Hall) to let our municipal leaders know we want to see Regina move in the direction of other progressive communities and ban the use of cosmetic pesticides.

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Last chance to register for SEdA/RCE Seminar (June 7-8, 2012, Regina)


There is still time to register for the upcoming Sustainability and Education Academy (SEdA)/RCE Saskatchewan seminar! The SEdA/RCE seminar will take place in Regina on June 7-8 2012 and there are still a few spots available.

The seminar is co-hosted by SEdA and RCE Saskatchewan and provides a unique opportunity for leaders in various sectors to come together to not only discuss the issues of sustainable development of interest to our region but also to develop a plan that propels the province toward a sustainable future.

To take part in this exciting event, please register online before the end of Monday, June 4, 2012 at:

Come to the SEdA/RCE seminar to learn more about current issues of sustainable development in Saskatchewan and help develop a plan that makes Saskatchewan sustainable well into the future. Background information about the current state of the province and more information about the seminar can be found in the attached document. A schedule of the seminar is also attached along with a brochure. 

You are also invited to attend the 2012 ESD Recognition Event where the RCE will show its appreciation to outstanding organizations and individuals that are working to promote sustainable development in Saskatchewan. The event will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM at the Wascana Centre (2900 Wascana Drive) in Regina. For more information about this event please go to:   

Please contact Gerry Connelly at if you have any questions about the seminar on June 7th and 8th or Adrienne Billings at if you have any questions about the RCE ESD Recognition Event and celebration on June 7th. 

We hope to see you there.


Adrienne Billings, RCE Recognition Event Coordinator


FCM Municipal Campaign Training for Women, Regina Workshop, June 9-10, 2012

Please see the attached poster for information about this important upcoming workshop.--Roger

"Straw Bale Workshop", Craik, July 6-8, 2012

Please see the updated poster below for this exciting workshop.

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