UNESCO Recognizes Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton as Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

Numerous Trent alumni, faculty and staff helped lead the charge in successful application for the region

From left, Leslie Hamilton of Trent Valley Literacy Association, Jane Gray of Fleming College, Linda Slavin, For Our Grandchildren, GreenUp executive director Brianna Salmon, vice-chairman Frank Passaro of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Camp Kawartha executive director Jacob Rodenburg, Peterborough County Warden Joe Taylor, Cam Douglas of Kawartha World Issues Centre, Youth Sustainability Leadership Pilot Project, Julie Cosgrove of KWIC and Mayor Daryl Bennett gather for a photo after Leal announced grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation led by GreenUp on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough, Ont. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network

From left, Leslie Hamilton of Trent Valley Literacy Association, Jane Gray of Fleming College, Linda Slavin, For Our Grandchildren, GreenUp executive director Brianna Salmon, vice-chairman Frank Passaro of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Camp Kawartha executive director Jacob Rodenburg, Peterborough County Warden Joe Taylor, Cam Douglas of Kawartha World Issues Centre, Youth Sustainability Leadership Pilot Project, Julie Cosgrove of KWIC and Mayor Daryl Bennett gather for a photo after Leal announced grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation led by GreenUp on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough, Ont. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network

As a true testament to the region’s ongoing leadership and commitment to sustainability, UNESCO has named Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton, home of Trent University, a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development.

This prestigious designation recognizes communities across the globe that are frontrunners in tackling the challenges of sustainability and places them among an international network for collaboration and continued innovation.

“We’re very pleased that the Peterborough-Kawartha RCE has been recognized in this way,” said Trent University president, Dr. Leo Groarke. “It is another sign that we live and work in an area that is increasingly known for its expertise and its interest in sustainability.”

The development of the region’s application brought together a diverse fellowship of governments and government agencies, private sector partnerships, NGOs, and academic institutions, including Trent University. The application, which involved the work of numerous Trent alumni, faculty and staff, was submitted to the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for a juried review process. The selection of Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton marks the third RCE designation in Ontario and one of eight across the country.

This designation also marks an exciting and meaningful start to a new year of environmental projects and initiatives within the Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton region.

“The United Nations awarding of the RCE recognizes the region's accomplishments, and gives us the opportunity to celebrate as we look forward to continuing Trent University's long standing contribution to education for sustainable development,” remarked Dan Longboat, director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences program at Trent University.

"This is something of a feather in our cap to show we are doing good work here," said Brianna Salmon, the executive director of Peterborough Green-Up and a member of the first ever graduating class in Trent's Sustainability Studies M.A. program. "This grant is coming at a really critical juncture, and we're just getting started."

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