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Global RCE Award Certificate Received for RCE SK Flagship Project

You will find attached a copy of the certificate from the United Nations University and accompanying letter that has just been received for the Global "RCE Recognition Award 2015". This award was given to the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), a flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan. Congratulations to VSSN! Further information about VSSN can be found at the following website:

https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/luther-programs/volun...

SK Ministry of Environment Reply to RCE SK Submission on Yancoal EIS

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

As you are aware from earlier correspondence, RCE Saskatchewan made a submission to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input related to the proposed Yancoal potash mine near Southey. Attached please find the reply from the Minister of Environment, Hon. Herb Cox, to the RCE's submission. RCE Saskatchewan has since submitted a reply to the Minister's letter outlining concerns that were felt not to have been addressed in the Ministry's letter. This RCE reply is also attached below. Please note that the original RCE Saskatchewan submission on the Yancoal EIS can be found on the RCE Saskatchewan main website at:

http://www.saskrce.ca/node/2573

Thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on these submissions as Co-coordinators of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group.

-Dr. Roger Petry, Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan

Budget cuts ends 42 - year partnership between Province and humanitarian groups

This is very sad day for Saskatchewan's overseas work in sustainable development (see SCIC news release attached below).--Roger

RCE Saskatchewan Response to Yancoal Environmental Impact Study

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

This is to provide you with a quick update regarding the work of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group. As you are aware, Yancoal Canada Resources Company Limited (Yancoal) is engaged in the development of the Yancoal Southey Project, a proposed solution potash mine located 60 kilometres north of Regina. On April 13, 2016, the Yancoal Environment Impact Study (EIS) was released by the provincial government. Saskatchewan communities were provided the opportunity to review the document and provide responses before the deadline of June 6, 2016. Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi, Co-coordinators of the RCE Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group, have led the development of the RCE Saskatchewan response and finalized the RCE Saskatchewan submission. Thanks to both of you for this dedicated effort and hard work in meeting this deadline and to all those who assisted in contributing to the submission.

Attached you will find a copy of the final letter submitted to the Government of Saskatchewan which includes its Appendix containing supporting information. The RCE submission raises important questions that will hopefully be useful in guiding the Province's environmental assessment of the project and reviewing aspects of its overall sustainability.

Voluntary Sector Studies Network (RCE SK Flagship Project) Wins Global RCE Award

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) Receives Top International Award in Education for Sustainable Development from United Nations University

Regina, SK – The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo has awarded Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) with a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award for its role in "Enabling Policy and Contributing to Capacity Development in the field of Higher Education.” VSSN was designated an “Outstanding Flagship Project,” the highest designation for this international award.

“This award is very important to VSSN because it is an acknowledgement, on an international stage, of the important role that VSSN, and Luther College, is playing to enhance the sustainability of the nonprofit sector,” indicates Dr. Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Academic Dean of Luther College. “With the global exposure given to VSSN, this could lead to global opportunities for projects and research by VSSN as well as potentially building connectivity between Saskatchewan and the world.”

“It is quite rare for projects to receive the highest designation of ‘Outstanding Flagship Project,’” notes Dr. Roger Petry, co-chair of RCE Saskatchewan and Luther College professor. “With this award, Luther will be recognized around the world by 146 RCE regions, the UN University, and the UN System, as an example of best practices for an ESD project including knowledge production and research. The voluntary sector plays a key role in addressing many of the pressing sustainability challenges the world is facing.”

This international award specifically recognizes VSSN's innovation in education through the Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation (NSLI) Certificate, a certificate program developed as a result of being identified as the highest priority and greatest need by the voluntary/non-profit sector. “Pending approval by the University of Regina Senate, this certificate will be available at the University of Regina beginning in the Fall 2016,” indicates Dr. Mary Vetter, Interim Director of VSSN and Luther professor, “and will provide students with the knowledge and experience for leadership in the sector. Luther College will teach the NSLI courses, which will be based on a community-engaged, project-based learning approach.”

“We are very excited about this international recognition by the UN University,” says Dr. Bryan Hillis, President of Luther College. “The recognition also reflects well on the University of Regina which is a partner with Luther College in establishing this program.  The Certificate is the first educational opportunity in Saskatchewan where students can learn explicitly about the voluntary/non-profit sector and its many community-based careers. Its main purpose is to generate interest in, and passion for, the voluntary sector through new university courses as well as to foster direct links to diverse career opportunities in the sector.”

Launched in October 2014, the VSSN is an interdisciplinary, community-university collaborative comprising students, voluntary organizations, and faculty/staff, involved in dynamic and mutually beneficial relationships to learn, research, and innovate. The VSSN is funded by Luther College at the University of Regina and the Community Initiatives Fund of Saskatchewan.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Michelle Clark

Manager of Alumni Relations, Development & Communications

Luther College at the University of Regina
communications@luthercollege.edu / 306.585.5144

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