RCE British Columbia

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Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2009
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

We are a collaborative of researchers and practitioners from a variety of British Columbia institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, provincial and regional governments. Our goal is to support community based research on best practices in environmental and sustainability education in both the formal and informal education sectors.

Goals and Objectives:


The vision of our RCE is to facilitate a network of action and community-based research on best practices in ESD. This is to be enacted in the K-12, Post-secondary and informal contexts.

Goals and objectives:

The BC Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development aims to develop and support education for sustainable development in the communities and schools throughout the cascades region of British Columbia and beyond. Education for sustainable development is fundamentally about values, with respect at the centre: respect for others, including those of present and future generations, respect for difference and diversity, respect for the environment, and respect for the resources of the planet we inhabit.

Education enables us to understand ourselves and others and our links with the wider natural and social environment, and this understanding serves as a durable basis for building respect. Along with a sense of justice, responsibility, exploration and dialogue, education for sustainable development aims to move us to adopting behaviours and practices which enable all to live a full life without being deprived of basics. Sustainability is a concept, a goal and a strategy. The concept speaks to the reconciliation of social justice, ecological integrity, and the well being of all living systems on the planet. The goal is to create an ecologically and socially just world within the means of nature without compromising future generations.

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Simon Fraser University, Institute for Environmental Learning

Key Partners:

Name: Simon Fraser University
Role: Director
Contact name: David B. Zandvliet
Contact email: dbz@sfu.ca

Name: Royal Roads University
Role: Steering Committee
Contact name: Richard Kool
Contact email: rick.kool@royalroads.ca

Name: City of Surrey
Role: Steering Committee
Contact name: Erin Desautels
Contact email: Edesautels@surrey.ca

Name: BC Teachers Federation
Role: Steering Committee
Contact name: Donna Boucher
Contact email: miliegus@hotmail.ca

Name: Oceanwise/ Vancouver Aquarium
Role: Steering Committee
Contact name: James Bartram
Contact email: James.Bartram@ocean.org


Current Activities:
  • Book Project (Brill/Sense Publishers)
  • Eco-thinking (open Access Journal)
  • OceanBridge (Youth Ocean Literacy Program)
Upcoming Activities:
  • Cheakamus Centre Photo Archive
  • Environmental Learning Handbook for Teachers
  • Environmental Learning and Experience (BC Ministry of Ed)
  • EECOM Conferences (Vancouver, Canada) 2010 and 2012
  • Environmental Learning Videos Project (BC Ministry of Ed)
  • Environmental Learning Dissemination ProD (RCE Award)
  • Environmental Sustainability Videos (with MetroVan)
  • Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Network (Grant)
  • Co-Design Workshops and Youth Engagement (Grant)
  • Ninth World Environmental Education Congress (2017)
  • RCE Meeting of the Americas (host of 2017 meeting)
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
David B. Zandvliet
Secondary RCE Contact:
Nazanin Mosavi Jarrahi
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Meaghan Frenks
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

c/o David Zandvliet, Institute for Environmental Learning
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby BC Canada V5A 1S6