We would like to thank all of the attendees, delegates, sponsors, guests, and volunteers on the success of the 4th RCE Conference of the Americas! This website will be a resource for the RCEs of the Americas as we will be adding materials from the conference. The recorded live stream of all the proceedings is available for viewing.


Grand Rapids, Michigan
is honored to host the
2015 RCE Conference of the Americas
August 9-12 2015


Please join us via livestream!


An RCE stands for a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development and it may be one of the cooler things many of us have never heard of. It's a network of organizations acknowledged by the United Nations University to educate on sustainable development in its community.

The conference will provide a global platform that elevates the conversation around education for sustainable development with a focus on the impact of water resources. We welcome leaders from six countries throughout the Americas and also the world, who are influential thinkers, researchers, authors, academics, and educators. Host venues include Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University - Downtown Grand Rapids, and Kendall College of Art & Design.

Host venues for the sessions include Grand Valley State University, The DeVos Place, and Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University. Outcomes of the conference on education for sustainable development will impact and guide the implementation of future work of the RCE.


Why Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has been invited by the United Nations to host the RCE 2015 Conference of the Americas. In addition to that distinction, the city is only one of only five active RCEs in the US. Grand Rapids has developed some sustainability cred including having been voted most sustainable mid-sized city by US Chamber 2010 and now being rated fifth in the nation in LEED certified buildings. Additionally, Grand Rapids is forty minutes from a Lake Michigan shoreline that has been named among the world's best. The Lake Michigan watershed is both beautiful and significant as the Great Lakes themselves contain one fifth of the world's surface freshwater. Additionally, Grand Rapids has been named one of the Top 15 Emerging Downtowns by Culturally, the city now hosts the world's largest art competition and includes one of most-visited art museums. It also has a vibrant food and beer culture with farm-to-fork restaurants and it earned the title Best Beer City in 2012. There's a lot to enjoy here.


Most sustainable mid-sized city -US Chamber 2010
Top 15 emerging downtowns -
# 5 in LEED certified buildings (per capita)
Top 10 emerging cities in the US Global Trade
Top 10 city for biopharmaceutical & R&D investment
# 1 Travel destination for 2014 - Lonely Planet for GR & MI West Coast