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RCE Graz Styria-2010-2010

RCE Graz Styria-2010

1. Continent: 
2. Country: 
3. Location
4. Address: 
RCE Graz-Styria, 36, Heinrichstraße, Graz, Styria, Austria, 8010,
5. Website
6. Contact Details
Name of Contact Person(s): 
Friedrich Zimmermann
+43 316 380-8843
+43 316 380-9886
7. Dissemination references : 
Activities of the RCE.
8. Date of Acknowledgment : 
Friday, August 31, 2007
9. Initial motivation for the establishment of your RCE : 
RCE Graz-Styria was founded in the context of the UN decade
at the Department of Geography and Regional Science at University of Graz at its beginning and was institutionalised at Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education in 2009. It serves as a contact point between university and society.

Since August 31st of 2007, RCE Graz-Styria is officially acknowledged by the United Nations University and contributes to a worldwide experience and knowledge transfer of regional aspects. RCE Graz-Styria offers activities in the fields of education and Lifelong Learning as well as creation of regional value for a sustainable development.
10. Vision of your RCE : 
The vision of RCE Graz-Styria is to create innovation for sustainable development in society by education, process development and knowledge exchange between global and local as well as science and practice.
11. Shift of focus : 
RCE Graz-Styria is focusing its mission and objectives on two focus groups:

- Transfer
- Intergenerational Learning
- Research
- Education
- Sustainable University

These focus groups are of rather equal importance whereas certain projects can belong to only one or another. In this respect a shift of focus is possible, however the aims as such stay the same.

2011: After 3 years of running the RCE Graz-Styria, we have gone through a strategy reflection an redifined your strategy according to the projects and experiences gone through during the last years.
Since 2011 our main competence fields are:
a. Education for Sustainable Development - focusing on Higher Education for SD activities adn
b. Sustainability Transitions and Strategies - working together with regional stakeholders from public and provate institutions in the development and assessment of regional sustainability strategies.
12. Which organization hosts the secretariat of your RCE?
Name of Organization: 
University of Graz
Type of Organization (select from the drop down menu): 
Higher Education Institution
13. Short description of your RCE : 
RCE Graz-Styria is a lively pool of engaged institutions and people pushing forward the idea of sustainable development.
14. Added value of your RCE
Transformational Leadership
Sub Type: 
Shared Vision
Brief Explanation: 
In our projects we are working on raising awareness for SD and to build a shared vision among stakeholders and incoming partners.
Sub Type: 
Creating new ideas for SD
Strong trust between partners
Brief Explanation: 
By our activities we aim to find new sollutions for sustainability challenges. High trust is necessary between partners for building capacity for SD.
Decision Influencing Network
Sub Type: 
Common strategies
Brief Description: 
It is very project depending how the leadership structures look like. In some projects the RCE secretariat has strong leadership, in others it is just supporting or co-developing.
ESD & Learning
Sub Type: 
ESD projects
Reflective thinking
Brief Description: 
Reflective thinking is a core principle of our projects. We believe only by reflections we leard for future activities and development.
Transdisciplinary Research
Sub Type: 
Addressing society research needs
Mutual learning between science and Society
Brief Description: 
All our projects actually are strongly transdisciplinary, meaning to involve social partners as also students to learn from each other.
15. Main issues of your RCE
Sustainability / Sustainable Development issues
All our projects are connected to capacity building programmes involving students for reflection and learning.
Capacity development / ESD issues
RCE Graz-Styria strongly cooperates with other RCEs such as:
RCE Rhine-Meuse,
RCE Crete
RCE Cairo
RCE Creias-Oeste
RCE Saskatchewan
RCE Skane
RCE Vienna
RCE Marcedonia
In our region we have strong cooperations in the fields of rural development and recently also e-mobility projects looking for potentials of e-mobility for rural areas.
16. Flagship projects of your RCE
Project name: 
Sustainability Trail in Trofaiach
Short description Describe in 2-3 sentences: 
The Sustainability Trail consists of several boards that deal with different issues of SD (poverty, water...). These boards where developed and created together with a youth centre in Trofaiach (north-west from Graz, Styria) and installed on a trail in this village to be visible for everybody.
Keywords Max. of 5 key words, please separate with a semicolon ";" : 
Trail; Education; Collaboration
Contact for further information (name and e-mail) : 
Clemens Mader
Project name: 
Workshop: 'Methods for sustainable development processes in regions and economics'
On Going
Short description: 
In this workshop students as well as employed persons with different backgrounds have the possibility to work together. Thus the participants can exchange knowledge as well as experiences in the field of sustainability between different generations. and branches of studies.
Keywords Max. of 5 key words: 
intergenerational; workshop; discussion; course
Contact for further: 
Clemens Mader
17. Main results and achievements
a) Advance towards objectives: : 
Referring to RCE Graz-Styria's focus groups (see above: 11.) every realized project and activity is a step towards its objectives.
c) Contributions to reforms and innovations: 
As mentioned before RCE Graz-Styria has been institutionalized at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Sports Sciences, Geography and Environmental Systems Sciences at University of Graz in 2009. This is a reform at university organization level that can be considered as an improvement for both university and RCE.

- The RCE contributed to the development of the Austrian National Strategy for ESD.
- The RCE was menber of the Austrian Delegaton for the DESD Bonn conference.
- The RCE is member of the Austrian UNESCO Commission Panel for ESD
- The RCE is member of the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact Austria
Project Reports
b) Measures:: 
There are often more ideas for projects than funds. In this respect one key task is always to find sponsors and acquire money to be able to realize one's projetcs.

RCE Graz Styria-2010-2010

RCE Graz Styria-2010

1. Leadership, Vision and Objectives
1. Vision of your RCE: 
The mission of RCE Graz-Styria is to create innovation for sustainable development in society by education, process development and knowledge exchange between global and local as well as science and practice.

- Creating a network of local and global sustainability initiatives
- Project initiation and consultation in the fields of education for sustainable development, regional development, tourism and innovation transfer
- Supporting a worldwide experience transfer by means of the 'Global Learning Space for a Sustainable Development'
- Raising awareness for a sustainable development among society
2. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional : 
c. Transformational : 
2. Social Network
3. Core partners: 
- University of Graz
- Department of Geography and Regional Science (at University of Graz)
- Center for Continuing Education (at University of Graz)
- oikos Graz
4. Cooperation and communication : 
Cooperating in various projects and activities.
Communication is also project orientated and is based on communication via email, phone and physical meetings.
5. Facilitating development
Connections / Partnership with
UN institutions
If yes, give examples: 
Austrian UNESCO Commission
UN Global Compact Austria
United Nations University
Other international organizations
Other RCEs
If yes, give examples: 
all of them at European and international meetings
International experts
Expert organizations at national, regional and global levels
6. Social network
a. Information network (exchanging information, e.g. building up a database for SD projects): 
b. Knowledge network (creating knowledge by collaboration, e.g. finding synergies between partners by experience exchange): 
c. Innovation network (creating innovation by co-creation and shared vision,e.g. investigating new solutions for challenges by f: 
3. Participation
7. Participation of actors : 
University of Graz:
- Department of System Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research
- Department of Geography and Regional Science
- Global Studies
- Center for Continuing Education
- oikos Graz

Province of Styria:
- Province of Styria (Department 19D Waste Management; Department 6A Youth, Women, Family and Generations)
- City of Graz (Department of Culture, Department of Environment)
- City of Trofaiach
- Land Development Styria
- Keimblatt Ökodorf
- Ökoprofit Graz

- Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour of the Republic of Austria
- Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Austria
- Global Compact

- RCE Rhine-Meuse, Netherlands
- Environment Center, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
- School of Science, Open University of the Netherlands
- Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communication, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
- Social and Economic Sciences, University of Macedonia, Greece
- University of Novi Sad, Serbia

- Heliopolis University, Egypt
- Sekem Development Foundation, Egypt
8. Participation opportunities
a.Informational participation (people get informed about decisions and actions): 
b.Consultation participation (people are asked about their needs and opinions): 
c.Decision influencing participation (people are involved in decision making processes): 
4. Education & Learning
9. Educational activities : 
One part of our mission (and vision), that means one of our five focus groups, is education. Thus any educational activity relates to this.
Connections / Partnership with
a. Access to quality basic education
If yes, give examples: 
oikos Graz
RCE Graz workshop on SD at High School
b. Training for different sectors of the society
If yes, give examples: 
Sustainability Trail attracting all sectors of society
Intergenerational workshop
c. Public awareness
If yes, give examples: 
Sustainability Trail
public lectures
radio interview
d. Reorientation of existing education
If yes, give examples: 
Austrian Strategy for ESD
12. Educational activities
a. Theory (communicating of ESD principles, strategies, examples): 
b. Discussion (knowledge exchange and mutual learning on ESD): 
c. Interactive & Multidimensional (Action oriented learning, e.g. workshops, intergenerational, interdisciplinary,…) : 
5. Research Integration
13. Research & Development (R&D): 
RCE Graz-Styria is based at the University of Graz; research is involved in all of our projects.
14. Research partners : 
- University of Graz
Especially the
- Department of System Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research as well as the
- Department of Geography and Regional Science
15. Description of research
a. Disciplinary (focusing on one discipline of research, e.g. social aspects) : 
b. Interdisciplinary (taking interrelations between disciplines into account, e.g. economic effects on the environment and peopl: 
c. Transdisciplinary (involving affected people into your research activities, e.g. interviews with affected people): 
Project Reports
Practical Course: Development of NGOs & Social Entrepreneurship
UN Decade Project: Sustainability Trail in Trofaiach
Intergenerational Workshop: Methods for Sustainable Development Processes in Regions and Business

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