8th Americas Regional Meeting

8th Americas RCE Meeting 2019

23-25 September, 2019, Burlington, USA

(Photo credit: © Sally McCay, UVM Photo)

The 8th Americas RCE Meeting will be organised by RCE Greater Burlington in Burlington, Vermont, USA, from 23rd to 25th September, 2019 with the support of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). 

The Americas RCE Meeting will provide a platform to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future in the region. The meeting will also showcase a range of innovative sustainability initiatives, such as sustainable food systems during the harvest season, and feature Burlington’s commitment to becoming a sustainable city. The theme of the meeting will be ‘Human Health and the Environment‘ highlighting the intersection of SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

Details on the meeting and registration can be found below.



23-25 September, 2019

Day 1: Rock Point Centre (former Bishop Booth Conference Centre)
Address: 5 Rock Point Road, Burlington, Vermont 05408, USA
Website: https://www.rockpointvt.org/rpc

Day 2-3: Shelburne Farms
Address: 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482, USA
TEL: +1 802-985-8686 (main)
Website: https://shelburnefarms.org/  

The (tentative) programme can be accessed here.  

Registration is free for all participants, however accommodation, some meals and travel arrangements are to be covered individually. 

To register, complete the Registration form and submit it to RCE Greater Burlington (kfoster@shelburnefarms.org) and the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu).

We recommend you consider one of the listed hotels below which are near the venue and have special offers available to meeting attendees. Rooms at the hotels are limited and may only be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. If you wish to make a reservation at one of the three hotels, please complete this form by 23:59, Friday 23 August, 2019 (EDT). RCE Greater Burlington will then be in touch with more information on booking your stay. 

Shelburne Farms Historic Inn On-site USD 75-199 per person plus tax, depending on the type of room
Shelburne Farms Cottages On-site USD 45-100 per person, plus tax, depending on the type of room
Hotel Vermont 7 miles from Shelburne – close to Day One Activities *
*Transportation between the hotel and the venues will be provided
From USD 199 per person plus tax, depending on the type of room

Ground Transportation
Airport pick-up and drop-off services will be provided by RCE Greater Burlington if you fly to/from Burlington International Airport and stay at one of the above mentioned hotels. Please make sure to complete this form by 23:59, Friday 23 August, 2019 (EDT).

Case Study Presentations
Participants are eligible to apply to present at the meeting.

The overall theme of this meeting is ‘Human Health and the Environment’. It is encouraged to connect presentations to this year’s meeting theme. The theme will also be highlighting the intersection of the following SDGs:

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

For those applying, the deadline for case study submissions is 23:59, Friday 24 May, 2019 (JST).

To apply, complete Section 3 in the Registration form and submit your RCE Project via the RCE Portal. **The deadline for applications for case study presentations has closed.**

Financial Support
RCE members are encouraged to explore and obtain funding from sources other than UNU-IAS, where possible, to help those without access to funding sources participate in this meeting. Financial support will be given to members of acknowledged RCEs ONLY. Please submit Form A: Financial Request form to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) by 23:59, Friday 24 May, 2019 (JST)Please read the selection criteria and the terms and conditions carefully before applying for financial support, and please make sure to sign the Applicant Declaration section (see section 3 in Form A) and to obtain your RCE coordinator’s recommendation (see section 4 in Form A). Incomplete or delayed applications will not be considered for selection. **The deadline for applications for fund support has closed.**

Instructions on How to Submit an RCE Project
Instructions to submit an RCE Project on the RCE Portal can be found on the Create RCE Project page on the RCE Portal. Please make sure you have your login details ready (username and logins can be found here). A video tutorial is available to guide you through the process.

Visa Support Request
Participants that require a visa to enter to the U.S., and are in need of support documents, please submit Section 2 in the Registration form along with a copy of your passport to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu). Please make sure to apply for the visa well in advance. Note that visa application support will be given to members of acknowledged RCEs ONLY.



  • 23:59, Friday 24 May, 2019 (JST):
    • Registration for participants applying for fund support (please submit the Registration form, Form A: Financial Request form, and upload an RCE Project to the RCE Portal) **The deadline for applications for fund support has closed.**
    • Case Study Presentations (please upload your RCE Project to the RCE Portal) **The deadline for applications for case study presentations has closed.**
  • 23:59, Friday 23 August, 2019 (EDT):
    • Registrations for participants NOT applying for fund support (please submit the Registration form)
    • Hotel booking via RCE Greater Burlington (please see Accommodation section above)
    • Ground transportation request (please see Ground Transportation section above)

Registration form
Form A - Financial Request form
Form B - RCE Project Summary sheet - only to be used by those who cannot submit their project on the RCE Portal
Programme (tentative)