9th Americas Regional Meeting

9th Americas RCE Meeting 2020

12-14 October, 2020, Salisbury, Maryland, USA

(Photo credit: Salisbury University)

The 9th Americas RCE Regional Meeting will be held in Salisbury, USA, from 12-14 October, 2020 and hosted by RCE Salisbury under the theme 'The Future is Now – Sustainable Development'. 

The meeting will provide a regional 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 also aims to take stock of regional initiatives, including the role of ESD in implementing sustainable development on the ground in the Americas region.

Details on the meeting and registration can be found below. The deadline for registrations is 1 September, 2020 (11:59 pm EST).





12-14 October, 2020

The Future is Now – Sustainable Development

Various locations in Salisbury, USA
(Online participation will also be available)

The (tentative) programme can be accessed here.

Registration is free for all participants, however accommodation, meals and travel arrangements are to be covered individually. Online participation will also be available. To register, please complete the Registration Form via Google Forms by 1 September, 2020 (11:59 pm EST).

Case Study Presentations
Participants are eligible to apply for presenting under the theme of 'The Future is Now – Sustainable Development' during the meeting. To apply, please indicate your project field of expertise on your Registration Form and, also, submit your RCE Project via the RCE Portal: Create RCE Project page by 30 June, 2020. Please see the instructions below on how to submit a project.

Case study presentations will take place during the meeting and each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes Q&A (if time permits). Speakers will be asked to prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation, once the RCE project is accepted. Projects, laptops with HDMI cables, and sound capability for presentations will be provided.

How to Submit a Project
Instructions on how to submit a project can be found on the RCE Portal: Create RCE Project page. 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 the USA, and are in need of support documents, please submit a copy of your passport to RCE Salisbury to Dr. Brittany Foutz (blfoutz@salisbury.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.

We recommend you consider one of the listed hotels below which are near the venue. Rooms at the hotels are limited and may only be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. There are various other options with less cost. If you need any assistance to book your hotel, please contact Dr. Brittany Foutz at RCE Salisbury  (blfoutz@salisbury.edu). Rooms are reserved under the name of Salisbury University.

Hotel Name Distance to the Meeting Venue Room Rate
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salisbury 1.4 miles (2 minute drive)

USD 75-85

Hampton Inn and Suites Salisbury/Fruitland 1.2 miles (2 minute drive)

Approx. USD 85

Gillis Grier Bed and Breakfast 

1.8 miles (4 minute drive)

USD 85-115

Residence Inn by Marriott  4.3 miles (10 minute drive)

Approx. USD 159

RCE Salisbury will be offering an optional shuttle service from the Salisbury Airport for participants of the conference. To schedule, email Dr. Brittany Foutz at blfoutz@salisbury.edu.

It takes approximately 5 minutes from Salisbury Airport to the meeting venue by taxi or bus. The estimate fare for taxi/Uber is USD 16.

American Airlines operates six flights a day from the Salisbury Regional Airport, connecting thousands of passengers each year to destinations around the globe. Flights are operated by wholly owned subsidiary Piedmont Airlines to American hubs in Philadelphia (PHL) and Charlotte (CLT).

If you are arriving from the BWI Airport in Baltimore, Maryland, there is a BayRunner Shuttle service of which can take you to Salisbury, Maryland. For more information, see the BayRunner Shuttle website. The Shuttle is USD 73 from BWI Airport to Salisbury, Maryland.

Local Information
The City of Salisbury has long been the crossroads of the historic Delmarva Peninsula. With a population of some 30,000, it is the largest city on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and the fastest growing city in Maryland. Founded in 1732 and incorporated in 1854, Salisbury also is the county seat for Wicomico. The area offers the ideal mix of an urban centre, nestled within a scenic rural region, centrally located to major metropolitan areas.

Optional Site Visit: Visit to Smith Island in Maryland 
RCE Salisbury plans to organise an optional site visit on Wednesday, 14 October, 2020. RCE Salisbury will assist with transportation to Smith Island and more details will be announced in due course.

Average weather in October in Salisbury, Maryland is the following:

Daily high temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 74°F to 64°F, rarely falling below 52°F or exceeding 84°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 54°F to 43°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 66°F.

Source: Weather Spark

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Brittany Foutz, RCE Co-Director, at blfoutz@salisbury.edu and/or Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, RCE Co-Director at bdpolkinghorn@salisbury.edu.

Please note, we are monitoring the situation on COVID-19 very closely. As you are all aware, this is an evolving situation, and it is unclear how things will develop in the latter half of this year. The wellbeing and safety of all in our network and their communities is our priority, therefore please rest assured this event will take place in person only if it is safe to do so. In addition, we will continue to monitor the changing border and travel restrictions currently in place in many countries around the world, for any impacts this may have on participation. In the event that an in-person event cannot occur, the 9th Americas Regional Meeting will be held online.