EECOM 2011 Conference (Award Recipient)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Jolene Siemens
Email address of primary contact person: 
soeea.sk@gmail.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Association (SOEEA) is a dynamic association that supports educators in many environments, including formal (schools), in-formal (public awareness), and non-formal (training). SOEEA believes in being active participants in change. SOEEA gives people an opportunity to discover the environmental and outdoor education options available in Saskatchewan.

SOEEA has partnered with EECOM (Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) to host the EECOM 2011 Conference, a national level environmental education conference that is held annually in locations across Canada. This will be the first time the conference has been held in Saskatchewan.

The overall theme of EECOM 2011 is “Exploring the Sociological in Education and Culture: Becoming Active Participants in Change”. EECOM 2011 focuses on exploring the issues of learning and being active in society AND our environment. Societies determine the use (and abuse) of our environment and, as such, it is imperative to (re)consider the environment in our socially and culturally designed practices.

EECOM 2011 will be held at the University of Regina June 8-11, 2011. Attendees include academics, students, environmental organizations and interested members of the public. Conference sessions fall into the following strands: environmental/social justice education, place-based learning, food/agriculture/sustainable living, activism/youth engagement, leadership development and diversity/species at risk. Preconference events include a Research Symposium on Environmental Education, and an Ecotour of the Grasslands National Park and Cypress Hills regions of the province.

Conference organization itself followed “Green Guidelines” to reduce the environmental impact of the event.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

EECOM 2011 will be held at the University of Regina June 8-11, 2011.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Environmental and outdoor education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Association (SOEEA) is a dynamic association that supports educators in many environments, including formal (schools), in-formal (public awareness), and non-formal (training). SOEEA believes in being active participants in change. SOEEA gives people an opportunity to discover the environmental and outdoor education options available in Saskatchewan.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

See attachment

Project sponsors/funders: 

SOEEA has partnered with EECOM (Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) to host the EECOM 2011 Conference

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011