Last updated: August 24, 2023

RCE Greater Burlington

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Rce details
United States of America
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
March, 2015
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

We are a network of educators, students, researchers, non-profits, government leaders, businesses, and community members committed to promoting education, training, and public awareness related to sustainability. The geographic extent of the Greater Burlington RCE is the Vermont portion of the Lake Champlain Basin. 

Goals and Objectives:

We seek to cultivate a just and sustainable future for the greater Burlington region by fostering educational initiatives that nurture the interdependence of people with healthy ecological systems. 

Our goal is to promote the work of sustainability educators and practitioners and encourage collaboration to strengthen existing and new education for sustainability initiatives. We are currently working at 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).  

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

University of Vermont 

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: University of Vermont
Role: Founding Partner and Co-coordinator
Contact name: Walter Poleman and Tom Hudspeth
Contact email:

Name of organisation: Shelburne Farms
Role: Founding Partner and Co-coordinator
Contact name: Megan Camp and Jen Cirillo
Contact email:

Name of organisation: City of Burlington
Role: Departments within the City serve as partners for service-learning projects and co-sponsors of education for sustainability events
Contact name:  Jennifer Green, Sustainability Coordinator (primary contact for advancement of Burlington’s sustainability initiatives; based at Burlington Electric Department)
Contact email:            

Current Activities:


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Upcoming Activities:


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  • Launching Burlington City and Lake Semester for High School Students
  • Securing grant funds to promote the integration of human health and ecosystem health as they relate to water quality
  • Partnering with the regional business community to promote awareness of SDGs
  • Promoting sustainable cities and communities within the region
  • Cultivating youth voices within the Network
  • RCE Recognition Event at Shelburne Farms (2016)
  • Participation in RCE of the Americas gatherings in Grand Rapids (2015), Curitiba (2016), and Vancouver (2017)
  • Education for Sustainability Institute (2017)
  • Hurricane Relief Trip to Puerto Rico (2018)
  • GBSEN Gathering at Arts Riot (2018)
  • Meeting with city officials (2018)
  • Service-learning partners for University for Vermont students (2018)
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Walter Poleman
Secondary RCE Contact:
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
General RCE email:
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