Deadline for Nominations to the 2017 RCE SK ESD Recognition Awards

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2017-03-17 14:28

Please note that March 31st is the deadline for nominations to this years Education for Sustainable Development Recogntion Awards being held in Hafford, Saskatchewan, part of the Redberry Lake UN Biosphere Reserve. Full details about the event and nomination forms are available at the event website at:

We look forward to hearing from you!

RCE Greater Burlington Information on Bee Research

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2017-02-21 10:50

Hi RCE colleagues:
Please let me add the warm welcome of RCE Greater Burlington to the three new RCEs in the Americas!


Related to Philip’s suggestion above, I call to your attention (1)  the work of several of my colleagues at the University of Vermont (UVM) ’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics (email below is from last summer) related to bees and especially bumblebees,  and (2) The Wild for Pollinators initiative in Vermont, which I joined by including the pollinator gardens in my own yard (see the hotline to their website); I expect that many other states and provinces in the Americas have similar initiatives.:


Best regards, Tom


1.  Gund Media Advisory 


Bee Experts For U.S. Pollinator Week


As National Pollinator Week approaches (June 20-26), University of Vermont researchers say urgent action is needed to preserve U.S. bees, noting that nearly a third of North American bumblebee species are in decline, and several are threatened with extinction. 


UVM scientists are available to discuss bee declines, including the causes, impacts on food, agriculture and the economy, species at risk, and bee-friendly practices.


Prof. Taylor Ricketts

University of Vermont

Gund Institute, Director

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Email: (arrange interviews via Basil Waugh)

Tel: 802-656-8369


“Bees are critical to our food supply, our economy and our health,” says Taylor Ricketts, who helped map which U.S. regions are most at risk for wild bee declines. “Wild bees help pollinate two-thirds of our most important – and nutritious – crops, and contribute over $3 billion to the U.S. economy each year.”


Expert topics:

·         U.S. regions most at risk for wild bee losses

·         Bees’ importance to human nutrition and health

·         Bees value to the economy, food and nature

·         Causes of bee declines – and potential solutions

·         Foods (coffee, chocolate, key fruits and vegetables) that require pollination

·         How to promote healthy wild bees


Leif Richardson

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Vermont

Gund Institute at UVM

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources


Tel: 802-793-6446


“Greater bee declines could produce a troubling mismatch between bees and the important crops that need pollination to grow,” saysLeif Richardson, who co-authored a study in Science Magazine on bee declines from climate change. “That would mean higher food prices, reduced biodiversity and other troubles.”


Expert Topics: 

·         How climate change is shrinking bumblebee habitats

·         Bees, such as Bombus affinis, being considered for the Endangered Species Act

·         Causes of bee declines, including neonicotinoid pesticides

·         How sick bumblebees “self-medicate” by seeking key plant chemicals

·         Food and plants that require pollination

·         How to promote healthy wild bees


Watch a video of UVM bee research in action.


Learn more about UVM efforts to stop global bee declines.


Follow the Gund Institute’s Twitter, Facebook and news alerts for National Pollinator Week research and experts.


Bee photos available upon request.



Basil Waugh
The Gund Institute
University of Vermont
Tel: 802.656.8369
Facebook | Twitter



2.  Wild for Pollinators

Hi Tom, 

Welcome to the Wild for Pollinators initiative! Thank you for joining the movement to conserve the pollinators. Thank you for including such a thorough description of pollinator garden. It seems like you're doing a lotof great work. Educating your neighbors about your pollinator gardens is exactly what needs to be done to increase awareness and habitat for pollinators. 

Wild for Pollinators is a community-based initiative that raises awareness of the importance of pollinators and encourages the creation of more pollinator and beneficial insect habitat across Vermont. Visit the[1] website find more resources on pollinators.

By joining the movement, you are pledging to the following: *I will either leave an area wild, create a container bed with plants selected to benefit pollinators, or create a landscape designed to benefit pollinators.* My site is equal to or larger than 5' by 15’. *Pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides will not be applied to the site. *I will put up a Wild For Pollinator sign in front of my site.

We will be sending you a Wild for Pollinators sign to put up at your site to help spread awareness of the pollinator problem and proudly show that you have gone “Wild for Pollinators.” Please send us back a picture of you with the sign in front of your pollinator habitat!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards, Lily Myers


Wild For Pollinators Intern 

Vermont Community Garden Network 

12 North Street #5 | Burlington, Vermont  05401

Office: 802-861-4769 | Cell: (802) 661-8609



Thomas R. Hudspeth

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources 
Fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
University of Vermont
Environmental Program and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Co-coordinator, Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network/Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development
802-578-7792  FAX: 802-656-8015

Passing of David Bell

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2017-01-16 14:24

Please see below the following from Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) regarding the death of David Bell, a champion in the area of education for sustainable development. David was a good friend of RCE Saskatchewan.--Roger

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of Dr. David V.J. Bell  on January 10, 2017.

Dr. David VJ Bell has been a member of LSF since 1995 and became Chair of the Board of Directors in 2006. He has been an integral part of our organization for over 22 years. His passion, commitment and dedication to sustainability and education have left a permanent imprint at LSF; we would not be where we are today if not for his countless contributions.

David was an advocate for youth and a champion for the environment.  He was a friend, mentor, and inspiration for all. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

We plan to set up a LSF fund in his memory.  We will provide you with details shortly.


Pamela Schwartzberg, President and CEO
Learning for a Sustainable Future

Apply Now for the 2017 UNU-IAS Master's and Doctoral Degree Programmes

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2017-01-04 10:10

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is accepting applications for September 2017 admission to its Master of Science in Sustainability programme and its PhD in Sustainability Science programme. The application deadlines are 28 February 2017 for the master's degree programme, and 28 April 2017 for the doctoral degree programme. Some scholarships are available for the applicants from developing countries.

Students accepted for the programmes will benefit from the unique opportunity to study in Tokyo at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. Both programmes are intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners wishing to develop an international career through employment in UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, civil society or the private sector. Enrolled students will also have the opportunity to obtain a joint diploma offered by UNU-IAS and The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Science (UT-GSFS), if they complete additional requirements.

Those who expect to receive a required degree before September 2017 are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must submit all application documents online. Please visit the UNU-IAS website for further details, and contact us through the inquiry form if you have any questions.







United Nations University
Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

5–53–70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

Talking Sustainability at U of S

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2016-11-15 17:04

Dear all,


Please join the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) for our third Talking Sustainability event of 2016, on December 2nd at 3PM CST.

Dr. Haluza-DeLay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at The King’s University in Edmonton Alberta. He has published over fifty academic articles and book chapters from research on environmental justice, political ecology and the Alberta oil sands, anti-racism and environmental education. In November 2016, he was a delegate to the UN Climate negotiations in Marrakech.

This presentation will be available online via webex and in Room 1235 of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education Building (with refreshments).  


To join online, visit, and then enter the meeting number: 809 896 829. 

RSVP to Jada Koushik for connection instructions:

Please circulate the attached poster to anyone you think might be interested in attending.


We look forward to seeing you there! 


All the best,


Climate Change Indicators in the U.S. 2016 (4th ed.) Now Available

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2016-09-15 13:56

Please see the note below from the US EPA.--Roger

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a new report, 'Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition)'.

‘The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities. EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.’

For a free copy, send a request to EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Team at

Climate Change Indicators Team

Climate Change Division


1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW   /   Washington, DC 20460