Americas RCE Meeting concludes with collaborative Action Plan for the Region

The Regional RCE Meeting of the Americas was hosted by RCE Curitiba-Parana in Curitiba, Brazil from 19-24 October, 2016 with the support of United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). The theme of this year’s meeting was "Renewable Energy and Sustainable Education", and was held in parallel with a regional symposium on Low Carbon Economy, Renewable Energy and Cities. Participants could join virtually through a specified Skype account.


Collaborative Action Plan and Report of the Conference

In order to create a regional action plan, and to promote RCEs’ contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Secretariat asked each RCE to submit an Action Plan by using a specified template. The objective was to share planned activities of each RCE in the Americas and to promote collaborations among RCEs. 

The collaborative Action Plan for 2017 can be downloaded here.

The summary of outcomes and action points discussed during the conference can be found here.



Thursday October 20, 2016 - Day 1

Progress of RCE Global Network, UNU-IAS

Energy and Environment Laboratory, (CRIE), RCE Curitiba Parana 

Educational projects for a low carbon sustainable lifestyle, Olga Maria Bermúdez, RCE Bogota

Empowering Youth for Sustainability, Ricardo Alberto Arias Forero, RCE Bogota

Challenges and opportunities present and future of ESD, Salvador Garcia Ruvalcaba, RCE Western Jalisco

Parana State Federation System of Industries, Sistema FIEP, RCE Curitiba Parana

Traditional Knowledge on Biocultural Diversity and Nutrition in Indigenous Communities, Francisca Teresa Salinas Gamero, RCE Lima Callao

Youth and ESD, Third youth meeting on ESD: Yo Sostenible, Manuel Alfredo Colmenares Tejada, RCE Lima Callao

Teachers Linked to World Culture Heritage, Eduardo Enrique Sacayon, RCE Guatemala

Introduction and Overview, RCE Cuenca Del Plata

RCE Assessment as Learning and Empowerment - The Start-Up Tool, UNU-IAS

Neigbourhood Planning, PUCPR, RCE Curitiba Parana

Friday, October 21, Day 2

ISAE, Higher Institute of Education and Economics, RCE Curitiba Parana

The Development of a Non-Profit and the Power of Governance, Lin Harmon-Walker, RCE Greater Portland

The Little City that Could: Burlington's Quest to Be a Net Zero Energy City, Anne Bijur, RCE Greater Burlington

Strategic Interventions of an RCE in Environmental Assessment, Roger Petry, RCE Saskatchewan, Canada

Introduction and Overview, Steven Grande, RCE Shenandoah Valley

Boticario Group Foundation for Nature Protection, RCE Curitiba Parana


Cultural Programmes 

(1) Learning about Sustainable Town though a bus ride in Curitiba (Curitiba Public Transportation ride). Information about Curitiba in English

(2) Experiencing Traditional Knowledge in the old Mennonites Colony- trip of 50 Km through Paraná’s typical landscape of “Campos Gerais”) - Barn of Prof. Renne Seifert.

(3) Learning about biodiversity and the ecosystem in the Tropical Atlantic Forest in the city of Morretes with traditional food for lunch by taking a train ride from Curitiba. See video - Serra Verde Express



Photos have been posted to facebook.