2016-06-10 09:00
2016-06-11 17:00


The conference 'Connecting Education and Environment: Mobilizing Sustainability in Education Policy, Practice, and Research' will be held June 10-11th, 2016 at the University of Saskatchewan. The conference will focus on land, place, environment, and sustainability and connections to education policy, practice, and research. Speakers and attendees will include educators, administrators, policy makers, students, sustainability staff, organizations, researchers, and others interested in the connections between education and the environment. 

June 10th will include a range of pre-conference options for policy-makers, researchers, and educators in K-12, Higher Education, and Indigenous Education - see descriptions below. 

On June 11th there will be keynotes and five strands of interactive sessions including many wonderful local, national, and international speakers. 

For the speaker line-up, registration by May 31st, and other information, please visit

Pre-Conference Workshops on June 10th:

Connecting Education and Environment through Indigenous Land-based Education

Manulani Meyer & Alex Wilson, 1:00 - 5:00 at Wanuskewin 

This afternoon pre-conference at Wanuskewin Heritage Park will engage participants in sharing and discussing experiences, teaching practices and research on Indigenous land-based education in a range of settings (e.g., K-12, post-secondary education, adult education, community education). Workshop will be outside weather permitting, so please dress appropriately and bring water and snacks. Please meet in Wanuskewin lobby at 12:45pm. Facilitators are Drs. Alex Wilson and Manulani Meyer. 

Celebrating Nearby Nature and Engaging Students in Community

Janet McVittie and Representatives from SaskOutdoors, 9:00 - 3:00 (bring your own lunch)

In this pre-conference, the value of nearby nature and methods for getting youth involved in sustainability projects will be addressed. Participants should dress in long pants, long sleeved shirts, with pants tucked into their socks. Please bring your lunch and water bottles, sunscreen and/or rain coats, as well as a notebook and pencils (coloured if you like to sketch with colour). The morning will be spent outdoors in nearby nature, a natural grassland, and the afternoon will feature a panel of teachers presenting on what their students have done in the way of sustainability projects. 

Sharing Post-Secondary Education for Sustainability Best Practices

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)

This half-day pre-conference will begin with an opportunity to reflect on the role and importance of education for sustainability in post-secondary education. This will be followed by a conversation café that will engage participants in sharing and discussion innovative programs, classroom approaches and initiatives that engage post-secondary students and educators with sustainability, whether in or out of the classroom. Lunch will be included. The session will be facilitated by staff members of the Office of Sustainability. Cost: $30.00 general: $15.00 students

Sustainability Tours of the University of Saskatchewan Campus

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Office of Sustainability will offer a choice of three sustainability tours of campus: (1) a walking tour, (2) a bike tour, and (3) a green building tour. The walking tour will focus on sustainability initiatives and features on the central campus. The bike tour will feature the central campus, as well as sustainability features and initiatives on the periphery of campus. The green buildings tour will visit selected green buildings on campus. Participants on the bike tour will need to supply their own helmet and if they are from out of town, will need to indicate that they will require a bike in advance of the tour. Tours will be given by staff members and summer students of the Office of Sustainability. Numbers will be limited 12 people per tour.  


Conference Schedule for June 11th: 



RCE Faciliation Group Meeting

2016-04-19 15:00
2016-04-19 16:30

Please see below the agenda for the upcoming RFG meeting. Hope to see you there!--Roger

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


This is a publication of UNU-IAS RCE Global Service Centre.

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Lyle Benko Funeral Service

2016-03-05 10:00

Dear RCE Colleagues,

Please see Lyle's obituary below that provides details regarding his Funeral Mass this Saturday at 10 am in Regina at Resurrection Parish, 3155 Windsor Park Road.



March 28, 1950 – February 26, 2016
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Lyle passed away peacefully on February 26, 2016 from complications that arose after heart surgery. He was predeceased by parents Nick and Kay, and his brother Ken. Lyle is survived by Donna, his loving wife and best friend of 43 years; his son Dean (Kirsten), his beloved grandchildren Emma and Andrew; his daughter Paula (Warren) Weber; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Lyle served as a teacher, administrator, and consultant in the Regina Catholic School Division for over 30 years. Following that, Lyle shared his talents at the University of Regina as a teacher in the Faculty of Education. Lyle also served as president of L*A*M*B* Consulting Inc., working internationally, nationally and provincially with Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Lyle was also the Co-coordinator of the Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Saskatchewan). Most importantly, Lyle was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from family, friends, colleagues, and all whose lives were touched by Lyle. The family wishes to express their appreciation for the excellent care provided by the OR, ICU, and other medical staff of the Pasqua Hospital and the Regina General Hospital. As well, we are deeply grateful for the support of the chaplains and all those who provided spiritual care. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Resurrection Parish, 3155 Windsor Park Road, Regina, SK, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John Weckend officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lyle may be made to RCE Saskatchewan. Make cheques payable to Luther College and send c/o Dr. Roger Petry, Co-coordinator RCE SK, Luther College, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit


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

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