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


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 / 306.585.5144

RCE e-Bulletin 55: February 2016

Issue 55: February 2016

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear colleagues and friends,

The open call to host regional and global RCE meetings closed on 29 February 2016. We received several expressions of interest. For the regions Africa and the Americas, the Global RCE Service Centre is still in the process of evaluating different proposals, but you can already find the details for the Europe and Asia Pacific meetings below. Regarding the global RCE conference, we will share more details in due course.

Asia Pacific RCEs meeting hosted by RCE Cha-am, 27 June -1 July 2016, Cha-am, Thailand


The Asia-pacific RCEs are scheduled to meet during 27 June to 1 July 2016 in Cha-am, Thailand for a three-part gathering hosted by RCE Cha-am. The RCEs will be participating in the International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during 27-28 June and will hold the 9th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting on 29 June. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Capacity Building Workshop on Policy Support Tools and methodologies will be held on 30 June to 1 July where a number of Asia-Pacific RCEs will be participating.

Inquiries regarding the conference should be addressed to Ms. Areeporn Sittiyanpaiboon, Coordinator of RCE Cha-am ( or More information on the Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting and the IPBES Capacity Building Workshop will be shared soon.

European RCEs meeting hosted by RCE London, 23-24 June, 2016, London, UK (Date and programme TBC)

RCE Applications

146 RCEs have been acknowledged globally as of March 2016. Organisations that are interested in initiating the RCE process and applying to become an RCE are requested to submit an application (Guidelines for RCE applications) and an application summary by Tuesday, 31 May 2016 to the Global RCE Service Centre. The Global RCE Service Centre will then provide comments and feedback by 15 July 2016. Thereafter, candidates can re-submit their revised final draft by the 16 September 2016.

UNU-IAS does not require a specific format to be followed for the main application document, as long as all required information is provided. You also can refer sample applications of acknowledged RCE Wales and RCE Crete. Applications and application summaries should be sent to the Global RCE Service Centre.


The Global RCE Service Centre



Upcoming Events


8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

27-29 April, 2016, Bilbao, Spain

Early bird registration is open until 4 March for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe. Read more.

10th MMUST International Conference: Universal health coverage: Innovative strategies towards attainment of SDGs

24-26 May, 2016, Kakamega, Kenya

The 10th MMUST International Conference on Health will focus on the following sub-themes: Global health, health systems, education and communication, politics, and society, culture and health. Read more

66th UN Department of Public Information (DPI)/NGO Conference

Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together

30 May – 1 June, 2016, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

The topic for this year’s conference is Education for Global Citizenship. Conference participants will strive to define culturally appropriate international and regional messaging, learning and advocacy strategies, partnerships and governmental accountability frameworks including financing for development. Read more

World Education Congress: Quality education for sustainable and inclusive growth

23-24 June, 2016, Mumbai, India

During the World Education Congress participants will discuss "Evolving Trends in Education". The congress will examine modern as well as traditional knowledge systems.Read more

7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

6-8 July, 2016, Bonn, Germany

Resilient Cities is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. The programme of 2016 focuses on inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Read more

2nd Global GAP Partner meeting

5-6 July, 2016, Paris, France

The second global meeting of the Partner Networks of the GAP will serve to review the progress achieved and challenges encountered by the Partner Networks, find and assess synergies and collaboration established among partners, reflect on the first implementation results and the challenges encountered and solutions found. The partners will also discuss, and commonly define and share appropriate scaling up mechanisms for the GAP. Finally the future work of the Partner Networks towards the Global Forum in 2017 will be structured and planned.

Rethinking sustainability models and practices: Challenges for the new and old world contexts

13-15 July, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

This event will be preceded by the 1st Luso-Brazilian Symposium (11-12 July) on Sustainability Models and Practices. The major theme will focus on the current sustainability strategies, policies, practices and approaches and the need to rethink their roles and applicability in different socio-cultural and economic contexts. Read more

For more events visit our ESD calendar.

Open Calls


2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

UNESO has launched the call for nominations for the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Endowed with US$150,000, it honours outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations engaged in ESD. Read more

Sejahtera Fellowship at the Sejahtera Centre for RCEs in Asia Pacific

The Sejahtera Fellowship will allow a researcher to stay in Tongyeong, Republic of Korea for a few months and conduct research of his/her interest to produce a research report. Applications for the 2016 Sejahtera Fellowship will open in March 2016 for the research term of April to November 2016 and is offered to a member of the Asia Pacific RCEs Sejahtera network.

More open calls and vacancies can be found in the CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT section on the RCE portal.


Latest News


Japanese RCEs meet to discuss 2016 strategies

The Japanese RCEs meeting was held on 3 February 2016 in Yokohama, Japan hosted by RCE Yokohama. The new RCE, RCE Hokkaido Central was welcomed by all other six Japanese RCEs (RCE Greater Sendai, RCE Yokohama, RCE Chubu, RCE Hyogo-Kobe, RCE Okayama and RCE Kitakyushu). Each RCE reported on the activities implemented in 2015 and shared their strategies for 2016. Read more

RCE Graz-Styria reflects on local, regional and national GAP initiatives

A year after meeting in Okayama at the Global RCE Conference, RCE Graz-Styria and SEKEM Austria organised the event “The implementation of the GAP on ESD: Local initiatives and transnational knowledge exchange". More than 150 experts, students, pupils, scientists, NGO representatives, politicians and civil servants gathered at the University of Graz on 21 of January 2016, to learn more about the GAP and discuss further steps to foster ESD on a local, national and transnational level. They also reflected with local, national and international partners on the current GAP implementation in Austria. Read more

EduCamp ESD Teaching Kits

The EduCamp kits are novel tools to support student-centred teaching methodologies. They assist teachers in implementing ESD in their in/outdoor activities. There are five teaching kits in the areas of Our World, Biodiversity, Agriculture, Energy, and Water. All of the materials provided in these four books focus on the implementation of student-centred pedagogical approaches on ESD topics through experiments, class discussions, debates, role plays, games, and other methods. Read more

UN General Assembly reaffirms role of ESD

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing Education for Sustainable Development as “a vital means of implementation for sustainable development”, taking note of UNESCO's final report on the UN Decade of ESD, and reaffirming UNESCO’s lead. Read more

#KnowYourGoals Campaign by SDSN-Youth

In partnership with Eco Boys and Girls, Oikos International, Project Everyone, Action/2015 and The World's Largest Lesson, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth (SDSN-Y) launched the ‪#‎KnowYourGoals global campaign. It has now spread over 42 countries and has reached more than 10,000 individuals.

Indian Cities Assess Potential for District Energy

ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has initiated a project to help Indian cities accelerate their transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development through modern District Energy Systems (DES). Entitled “Renewable Energy Efficiency in Buildings & Cities: Assessing Potential for District Energy Systems (DES) in Indian Cities”, the project aims to provide technical assistance and capacity building activities to local governments and stakeholders in India to develop a replicable modern district energy approach, particularly for district cooling, that can be further scaled up across the country. Read more

Global Education Conversation 2016 – watch the outcomes of the Education World Forum

The Education World Forum took place from 17 to 20 January 2016. The event saw ministers and their senior advisers representing over 80 per cent of the world’s population gather to debate future education policy. Watch the video: Global Education Conversation 2016 .

Can you imagine a Clean World?

A Clean World is exactly what Let's Do It! World is after, when organising a World Cleanup Day 8 September 2018. They intend to engage the whole world from for one big World Cleanup Day, to collect trash. Let’s Do It! A world a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country (10,000 tonnes of waste) in just five hours. Since then, with the help of volunteers, the model—one country in one day— spread around the world. To date, 112 countries and 14,5 million people have joined and cleaned up more than 500,000 tonnes of illegal waste. In order to prepare for World Cleanup Day, Let’s Do It! World are looking for people and partners, using existing know-how on sensible waste management practices and seeking for more, to create a Clean World plan. Read more

ESD recognized in COP21 agreement

The critical role of education in climate change was given the stamp of approval at the international climate conference, COP21, in Paris in December. Article 12 on education states that “parties shall cooperate in taking measures…to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information.” Read more


ESD Books, Publications and Other


The Open Government Guide Special Edition: Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

To support OGP countries’ pledge to use future national action plans to spur progress across the 17 SDGs, the OGP Support Unit and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative present this special edition of the Open Government Guide. Read more

Manual for evaluating and monitoring partnerships, UNESCO and WEF

This manual is for practitioners of multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. These are voluntary initiatives involving government, business and civil society players to seek to bring about positive change in education towards the Education for ALL goal. Read more

UNESCO Guide for evaluating and monitoring community-based projects

Although published in 2009, this guide is still useful for anyone setting up, planning or working with community development projects. Read more

A call for joint action to achieve the SDGs: Advancing integrated solutions to accelerate change

Joint statement by important organizations (UNEP, UN Habitat, ICLEI, CBD, WRI, WWF, IUCN, and the Inter-parliamentary Union) to commit to the multi-stakeholder partnership approach and to scale up action towards the SDGs. Read more


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Ecomuseums Toolkit Now Available

Please see this important email message from Glenn Sutter regarding the availability of a new ecomuseums toolkit (attached below)!--Roger

Hi everyone,

As chair of the Steering Committee for the Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative, I am pleased to attach an important document that we have been working on over the last few months. Written mostly by James Ingold and recently published by Heritage Saskatchewan and the Museums Association of Saskatchewan, it offers a framework or “toolkit” that organizations and communities can use to help an ecomuseum get underway, or to flourish where the idea has already taken root. 

Through this note, I’m sending this document to over 60 people who are interested in or actively working with ecomuseums, with copies to the Steering Committee. Please feel free to forward it to others who might want to know about the model, along with this link to the ecomuseum portion of the Heritage Saskatchewan website:

If you would prefer to have physical copies of the document, just shoot me an email with your mailing address and how many you need.



Glenn C. Sutter, Ph.D.
Government of Saskatchewan
Research Scientist - Curator of Human Ecology

Outcomes from UN Education as a Driver for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Conference (Ahmedabad), Jan 11-13, 2016

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

I am forwarding to you an email from our colleague, Dr. Kim Smith, Coordinator of RCE Greater Portland who, along with me and several other RCE representatives attended the UN Conference on "Education as a Driver for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" in Ahmedabad, India, from January 11-13, 2016. You will recall the UN adopted 17 SDGs in September, 2015, to guide the global UN agenda until 2030. Her email below outlines the important accomplishments of the Ahmedabad conference as well as providing important links and attachments. I should note that I was part of group #12 focusing on education for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/comments and/or if you would like me to share these with Dr. Smith and the UN University.

Also, a quick reminder about submitting nominations for the 8th RCE Saskatchewan ESD Recognition Event. These are due March 31st. The event is May 4th in Fort Qu'Appelle. See the following link for application forms and guides in a variety of formats (I will also attach them in PDF format):

Best wishes,

Roger Petry


>>> Kim Smith <> 02/09/16 5:11 PM >>>

Hello, dear RCE colleagues.


Hope this finds you well.  Sharing a big update that I hope will help all of our RCEs.


Last month, Ikuno, Unni, Roger, Betsan, Gordon, and I had the opportunity to represent the UNU-IAS at the U.N. conference on Education as a Driver for the SDGs.  It was a big success and the recommendations are now in.  Over 750 participants from 22 countries met and developed the new Ahmedabad Plan of Action and a series of recommendations for each of the goals. We were really able to explore Agenda 2030 and ways to utilize formal and nonformal education, workforce training, and public awareness campaigns to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO's Global Action Programme on ESD.  The opportunity to really drill down into how each sector can contribute to the SDGs was incredibly worthwhile.


Since I was on the higher education team, I will attach our recommendations.  Working on pulling all of the recommendations into one document and can attach that later vs. having to click on each link.


Please review the links and documents and share with your teams.  How can our RCEs help move these recommendations forward? Not sure what other countries' Global Action Programmes (GAP) for ESD look like, but I am attaching the U.S. GAP, in case it is helpful to you.  


I hope that our shared RCE reporting structure will help document our good work and can be shared within our own RCEs and beyond.


Happy to answer any questions on the conference or outcome documents.


Best wishes,


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