An RCE stands for a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development and it's a network of organizations acknowledged by the United Nations University to educate on sustainable development in its community. RCEs think globally but act locally, having official links to UN agencies, while also acting as stewards of knowledge about sustainability challenges in their home regions. The City of Grand Rapids and the Community Sustainability Partnership were jointly recognized as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) by the United Nations University in 2007. The Grand Rapids RCE has dedicated its work to education and the advancement of sustainability principles among governmental organizations, businesses, higher education and the nonprofit sector. The United Nations University currently acknowledges 136 RCEs worldwide. Grand Rapids' RCE is one of five active RCEs in the United States.

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Past conferences

  • The 2nd Americas Regional RCE Conference – February / March 2013 in Lima, Peru
  • The 3rd Americas Regional RCE Conference – July / August 2014 in Jalisco, Mexico
  • The 8th global RCE Conference – November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya  
  • The 9th global RCE Conference – November 2014 Okayama, Japan