Budget cuts ends 42 - year partnership between Province and humanitarian groups

This is very sad day for Saskatchewan's overseas work in sustainable development (see SCIC news release attached below).--Roger

RCE Saskatchewan Response to Yancoal Environmental Impact Study

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

This is to provide you with a quick update regarding the work of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group. As you are aware, Yancoal Canada Resources Company Limited (Yancoal) is engaged in the development of the Yancoal Southey Project, a proposed solution potash mine located 60 kilometres north of Regina. On April 13, 2016, the Yancoal Environment Impact Study (EIS) was released by the provincial government. Saskatchewan communities were provided the opportunity to review the document and provide responses before the deadline of June 6, 2016. Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi, Co-coordinators of the RCE Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group, have led the development of the RCE Saskatchewan response and finalized the RCE Saskatchewan submission. Thanks to both of you for this dedicated effort and hard work in meeting this deadline and to all those who assisted in contributing to the submission.

Attached you will find a copy of the final letter submitted to the Government of Saskatchewan which includes its Appendix containing supporting information. The RCE submission raises important questions that will hopefully be useful in guiding the Province's environmental assessment of the project and reviewing aspects of its overall sustainability.

Voluntary Sector Studies Network (RCE SK Flagship Project) Wins Global RCE Award

News Release


Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) Receives Top International Award in Education for Sustainable Development from United Nations University

Regina, SK – The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo has awarded Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) with a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award for its role in "Enabling Policy and Contributing to Capacity Development in the field of Higher Education.” VSSN was designated an “Outstanding Flagship Project,” the highest designation for this international award.

“This award is very important to VSSN because it is an acknowledgement, on an international stage, of the important role that VSSN, and Luther College, is playing to enhance the sustainability of the nonprofit sector,” indicates Dr. Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Academic Dean of Luther College. “With the global exposure given to VSSN, this could lead to global opportunities for projects and research by VSSN as well as potentially building connectivity between Saskatchewan and the world.”

“It is quite rare for projects to receive the highest designation of ‘Outstanding Flagship Project,’” notes Dr. Roger Petry, co-chair of RCE Saskatchewan and Luther College professor. “With this award, Luther will be recognized around the world by 146 RCE regions, the UN University, and the UN System, as an example of best practices for an ESD project including knowledge production and research. The voluntary sector plays a key role in addressing many of the pressing sustainability challenges the world is facing.”

This international award specifically recognizes VSSN's innovation in education through the Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation (NSLI) Certificate, a certificate program developed as a result of being identified as the highest priority and greatest need by the voluntary/non-profit sector. “Pending approval by the University of Regina Senate, this certificate will be available at the University of Regina beginning in the Fall 2016,” indicates Dr. Mary Vetter, Interim Director of VSSN and Luther professor, “and will provide students with the knowledge and experience for leadership in the sector. Luther College will teach the NSLI courses, which will be based on a community-engaged, project-based learning approach.”

“We are very excited about this international recognition by the UN University,” says Dr. Bryan Hillis, President of Luther College. “The recognition also reflects well on the University of Regina which is a partner with Luther College in establishing this program.  The Certificate is the first educational opportunity in Saskatchewan where students can learn explicitly about the voluntary/non-profit sector and its many community-based careers. Its main purpose is to generate interest in, and passion for, the voluntary sector through new university courses as well as to foster direct links to diverse career opportunities in the sector.”

Launched in October 2014, the VSSN is an interdisciplinary, community-university collaborative comprising students, voluntary organizations, and faculty/staff, involved in dynamic and mutually beneficial relationships to learn, research, and innovate. The VSSN is funded by Luther College at the University of Regina and the Community Initiatives Fund of Saskatchewan.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Michelle Clark

Manager of Alumni Relations, Development & Communications

Luther College at the University of Regina
communications@luthercollege.edu / 306.585.5144


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 www.seri.usask.ca

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: http://www.seri.usask.ca/conferences/2016%20connecting%20education%20environment.php 



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

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