EcoHack 2018

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2018-10-04 13:30

Please see below the email request received from the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan sent to the RCE.--Roger

Hello!

As a partner organization of The School of Environment and Sustainability, we thought that you may be interested in an upcoming event called EcoHack 2018an environment/sustainability themed hackathon, with challenges sourced from local organizations such as yours.

Taking place November 23rd-25th, EcoHack will be an immersive multi-day experience for our students to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams. They will use rapid-iteration design to generate solutions to environmental and sustainability themed challenges that are identified locally – these are real solutions to real local challenges. I’ve attached the community partner information package to give you a sense of the time commitment involved.

We are currently in the process of finding community partners to identify environmental/sustainability challenges or ideas and would like to extend this opportunity to your organization. We would appreciate the submission of your challenge before November 1st.

Challenges can be submitted online here, or you are welcome to email our event lead, Liz Kuley, at liz.kuley@usask.ca. Acting as a community partner requires no financial commitment, although our community partners are welcome to sponsor the event in addition to providing us with a sustainability challenge. Community partners will be asked to:

  • give a two to five minute “challenge statement” to participants on Friday evening
  • attend a question period after this presentation where participants can ask them (or a representative) questions about the proposed challenge
  • on Saturday, community partners are welcome to pop in to see the progress that students are making towards a solution to their proposed challenge, and to offer mentorship
  • on Sunday, partners are welcome to join us for dinner and to watch the teams give a 2-5 minute demonstration/pitch (dinner will be provided and tickets to this event are available to the representative of community partners for free, but are otherwise $20 and go on sale October 15th).

We are looking for challenges from a wide array of industries and of various types. Some examples of currently submitted challenged are:

  • How can we avoid using tape/chemical adhesives when shipping orders across North America? 
  • How can we locally recycle or reduce the use of soft plastics since we can no longer recycle it in blue bins? 
  • Who has a role to play in supporting green building projects in our community? And what can these stakeholders do to make it easier for green building projects to be successfully completed?

EcoHack 2018 is being organized by a cross campus team including the Office of Sustainability, the Undergraduate Environmental Programs Office (myself), the College of Engineering, and is championed by Dr. Irena Creed, the Executive Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability. This event is currently sponsored by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the National Science and Engineering Research Council, and the University of Saskatchewan.

Please feel free to share this with those in your network who would benefit from this opportunity, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Warm Regards,

Liz Kuley

Undergraduate Environmental Programs Coordinator

University of Saskatchewan
Kirk Hall Room 306 
306-966-8164
liz.kuley@usask.ca

RCE Facilitation Group

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2018-09-25 17:28

Dear RCE Colleagues,

This is a quick reminder of the RCE Facilitation Group Meeting (RFG) this Thursday, September 27th, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Luther College at the University of Regina in Room 207. If you are planning to join the meeting virtually/electronically and have not already done so please let me know (roger.petry@uregina.ca). We will be using Zoom; I will send you the appropriate connections details for Zoom tomorrow (Wednesday).

If you have specific opportunities to collaborate with other RCE members or are needing help in some other way to advance your projects, please mention these at the appropriate time on the agenda.

Best wishes,
Roger and Carol

7 pm, Bushwakkers, 10 Years Celebration

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2018-04-07 08:30

The Calling Lakes Ecomuseum, a proud flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan, is organizing a celebration.  We hope you will join us.  

Celebrate Saskatchewan: 10 years of global leadership in sustainable development

Please join us:

Wednesday May 2, 2018 

Bushwakker's Brewing Company - 2206 Dewdney Ave, Regina  

7 - 9 pm, brief presentations (20 min) followed by a celebration!

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!

Aura Lee MacPherson  Chair for the Calling Lakes Ecomuseum  

RCE Kano (Nigeria) ESD/SDGs Secondary Schools Quiz Competition

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2018-03-13 16:02

Greetings from RCE Kano, Nigeria. I hope this message finds  all of you well. As promised, i forward herewith the links to RCE Kano's 2017 ESD /SDGs Secondary schools' quiz competition. I am extremely glad to tell you that the quiz competition has awakened every segment of the region from slumber and has created momentum towards ESD. We were receiving an average of 1008 (one thousand and eight) messages weekly, when it was being aired for 12 weeks in a row with requests for more information, how to join the RCE or get more information on ESD, clarifications, suggestions and calls for continuity and wider coverage. It was indeed one of the most successful public sensitization and reorientation measures on ESD. As a result of the huge success recorded (and still counting), we feel we have to share it with all of you. We plan to make it a national program and we are working towards that right now.
Most sincerely,
Ali Bukar Ahmad

FIND BELOW THE VIDEO LINKS OF  "RCE KANO ESD/SDG SECONDARY SCHOOLS QUIZ COMPETITION 2017 EDITION" BY EPISODES

Episode 1a link:  https://youtu.be/CjTotk8K0bQ

Episode 1b link:  https://youtu.be/hzex-68ZDnc

Episode 2a link:  https://youtu.be/Fhf-ZOCLb-8

Episode 2b link:  https://youtu.be/oA2Y2--11CY

Episode 3a link:  https://youtu.be/Fhf-ZOCLb-8

Episode 3b link:  https://youtu.be/7C9KTgxZMCM

Episode 4a link:  https://youtu.be/us-GMpg_2EI

Episode 4b link:  https://youtu.be/ezO_99KOxGY

10th Annual Sustainability Awards, Stockholm, SK

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2018-01-15 15:46

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 Submissions on Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2018-01-15 11:41

The following documents pertain to RCE Saskatchewan's engagement with the Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project seeking to divert water from the Quill Lakes basin into the north end of Last Mountain Lake.

(1) Letter from Calling Lakes Ecomuseum to Hon. Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, June 15, 2017

(2) Reply from Hon. Scott Moe to Calling Lakes Ecomuseum, July 26, 2017

(3) Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment rejection of need for Environmental Assessment, determination of September 8, 2017

(4) RCE Saskatchewan Letter to Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change requesting Environmental Impact Assessment, Nov. 19, 2017

(5) RCE Saskatchewan Letter to Federal Ministry in response to request for input on whether to conduct Federal EIA, Nov. 24, 2017

(6) Reply from Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, January 24, 2018

Notes from First Global RCE Thematic Conference in Okayama, Dec. 5-7, 2017

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2017-12-15 12:24

Please find attached important notes from the First Global RCE Thematic Conference in Okayama, Japan, held from December 5-7, 2017. The 3 conference themes were biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable consumption and production. The meeting notes include links to a number of RCE and UN agency activities working on Education for Sustainable Development. In addition, I have added some quotations from delegates and presenters that I thought were notable. It ends with a few photos including one following the Global RCE Awards Ceremony in which RCE Saskatchewan received an "Outstanding Flagship Project Award" for the "Community Collaboration for Potash Mine Engagement" project. Congratulations to everyone involved in that project, especially the community of Havelock!

Thank you especially to Dr. Adela Kincaid who also attended the conference on behalf of RCE Saskatchewan.

Hopefully you find the notes and the resource materials it links to helpful.

Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan