New Global UNESCO Report on ESD Released to General UN Assembly

The Report of the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on the implementation of education for sustainable development is attached. The following provides details about the release:

School of Environment and Sustainability at U of S Open House

Dear ENVS 992 Project Partners,

As a community partner in the SENS Master of Sustainable Environmental Management and/or Master of Water Security program, your organization has expressed interest in working with or has been working with our students on projects fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship.

I’m pleased to inform you that we are hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30 p.m. at the U of S to provide more information to current students and professionals on our project-based degree offerings.

This may be of interest to your employees, and I would be thankful if you would consider circulating the attached invitation to them. In addition, here is a link to ourbrochure.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your continued support of SENS.




 Andrea Eccleston, M.A.

Graduate Professional Programs Coordinator

School of Environment and Sustainability

University of Saskatchewan

323 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8


Fax: 306-966-2298


Notes, Photos, and Final Agenda from the 6th RCE Conference of the Americas

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

The 6th RCE Conference of the Americas (that includes participating RCEs from North, South, and Central America) was recently held in Vancouver from September 13-15, 2017. Given its geographic proximity, RCE Saskatchewan was able to send 4 attendees: I attended along with Adela Kincaid, Roxane Wagner, and Jill Forrester. The event was a great success with our being able to meet representatives from two new RCEs: RCE Kawartha (from Peterborough, Ontario) and RCE Georgetown (from South Carolina). Attached you will find notes from the conference highlighting projects from each RCE along with a few photos at the end. I have tried to include links where I could find them. In addition I will attach the final program of the conference that includes contact names for each RCE should you need them. Two tangible outputs coming out of the Conference will be a project database and an experts database for use by our fellow RCEs, the UN University, and the UN system. These will have specific categories tied to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 5 objectives of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Once this is available for data entry I will let you know.

Thank you to Adela, Roxane, and Jill for an excellent job in representing our RCE.

Best wishes,

Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

RCE Greater Burlington Information on Bee Research

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

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

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