From a Local to Global Perspective with the RCE Saskatchewan Model

2007-05-24 10:00
2007-05-24 16:00

RCE Event: From a Local to Global Perspective with the RCE Saskatchewan Model

Date: May 24, 2007 (10:00 a.m. to Noon) and (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Location: Kirk Hall Room 146, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
(See map at: http://www.usask.ca/maps/kirk_hall.html)

AGENDA:
MORNING SESSION

10:00 a.m. to Noon
Kirk Hall Room 146, U of S Campus

"The Local Perspective of the Saskatchewan Regional Centre of Expertise"

This session will focus on recent developments of RCE Saskatchewan since the successful U.N. Designation and celebration on March 1 & 2, 2007.

10:00 to 10:30 a.m.:

Updates will be provided from RCE Saskatchewan team members on the recent May RCE Facilitation Group meeting in Regina. Lyle Benko will also report on the meetings in New York with other North American RCE's at the U.N. Susan Kingsbury from Environment Canada (Ottawa) will update RCE members on recent developments across Canada with new and upcoming RCE's.

10:30 to Noon:

The major portion of this session will provide time for open discussion on the next steps and directions for RCE Saskatchewan in partnership with other North American RCE opportunities. Questions to be discussed include:

(1) What opportunities do you see emerging in the RCE Saskatchewan region for Education for Sustainable Development research in the six thematic research areas identified by the region? How might formal, non-formal, and informal education take advantage of these opportunities?

Note the 6 thematic areas:
Climate Change
Health and healthy lifestyles
Farming and Local Food Production, Consumption, and Waste Minimization
Reconnecting to Natural Prairie Ecosystems
Supporting and Bridging Cultures for Sustainable Living and Community
Building
Sustainable Infrastructure including Water and Energy

(2) How can the regional linkages of RCE Saskatchewan help support or facilitate your own ESD work? What RCE initiatives over the short, medium, and/or longterm would help build RCE Saskatchewan's regional capacity for ESD?

AGENDA:
AFTERNOON SESSION
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kirk Hall Room 146, U of S Campus

"The RCE Saskatchewan Model and the Global Perspective"

2:00 to 2:45 p.m.:

This session will begin by briefly reviewing and highlighting the discussions from the "local perspectives" of RCE Saskatchewan in the morning Session. Lyle Benko will then report on the meetings and presentation he was asked to present of behalf of the RCE Saskatchewan at the U.N. in New York on May 7, 2007. Susan Kingsbury will share the national and international role her office with Environment Canada (Ottawa) and how they facilitate and support our Canadian network of RCE's. Dr. Charles Hopkins (U.N.U. CHAIR for Education for Sustainable Development at York University) will bring greetings from the U.N. and update us on the role the RCE Saskatchewan Model has played in the international scene.

2:45 to 4:00 p.m.:

Similar to the morning session, much of the time will be provided for RCE Saskatchewan members to discuss further steps and interests with these resource people available to assist us. Questions for discussion will include:

(1) How might the emerging international linkages of RCE Saskatchewan help support or facilitate your own ESD work and build regional ESD capacity?

(2) How might specific global RCE initiatives of the United Nations University facilitate our work at a regional level? What needs can you identify?

Feel free to come to either or both sessions. If possible, confirm your attendance by Tuesday, May 22, 2007 or if you have questions by contacting Lyle Benko at either:
lyle.benko@sasktel.net
or
306-949-7992

-Lyle

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