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???????????????????????????????The inaugural AGM of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) took place at London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in Stratford on 20 March 2013.

The meeting, chaired by Lynn Vickery (Co-ordinator, London RCE and London South Bank University LSBU), started with a welcome to the LLDC by Paul Brickell (Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, LLDC).

???????????????????????Ros Wade (Chair London RCE and LSBU) presented The Annual Report 2012/13. It highlighted the activities of the constituent groups, namely Higher Education ESD Curriculum Group, RCE Sustainable Business Group, RCE Site-based Educators’ Group, RCE Teacher Education Group, RCE ‘Communities’ Group, RCE ESD Reading Group, and Political Science and ESD Group.

Following an outline on the London RCE European dimension by Dr Hugh Atkinson (LSBU), a number of partners/ stakeholders talked about their activities and projects on ESD: David Clemson (LSBU), Graham Petersen (University and College Union UCU,, Karen Wheeler (Lee Valley Education Department, Environment and Heritage,, Anna Portch (London Environmental Education Forum LEEF,, Zaria Greenhill (Sustainable Schools Consulting,, Kareem Dayes (Rural Urban Synthesis Society RUSS,, Falko Schmidt (DESERTEC,, Tobias Baumer, Jonathan Ofusu and Anglea Giraldo (students from LSBU Business School), Margaret Burr (Humanities Education Centre HEC Global Learning Centre,, Poppy Flint (Forest Recycling Project, and student of LSBU Education for Sustainability programme) and Asitha Jayawardena (Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment,

After the AGM, the participants attended the UEL (University of East London) seminar The Sustainable City: Challenges and Opportunities in East London.

Group photograph (by Ros Wade)

Second photograph (by Asitha Jayawardena): Ros Wade presenting The Annual Report

Click here for The Annual Report in full












Is your organization interested in joining the global network of Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) developed by the United Nations University? The UN University is now accepting applications for RCEs and the deadline for expressions of interest is 15 April 2013.


An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations that deliver ESD to local and regional communities. The 116 RCEs (as of January 2013) worldwide that make up the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development are translating the global objectives of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014) into their respective local and regional contexts.


London, the first European capital city to set up an RCE, joined this global network in 2009.


Image from UN University website




Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum: Practising what we teach, an interdisciplinary workshop focused on enhancing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in business and management, hospitality, leisure, marketing and tourism, was held at London South Bank University on 12 March 2013.


This HEA (The Higher Education Academy) workshop explored ways to embed the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) within the higher education curriculum and evaluated approaches to learning and teaching that fall in line with the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education.


The workshop also included the launch of the new HEA book on Enhancing Education for Sustainable Development in Business and Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Marketing, Tourism.


More info


1303-MLCPThe 2013 Mayor’s Low Carbon Prize is now open for applications from London university students and recent graduates and the winners will receive a £20k development fund to bring their idea to market. The Prize, in partnership with Siemens, is part of a wider endeavour to slash carbon dioxide emissions in London by 60% by 2025.


Shortlisted applicants will also be considered for a paid internship opportunity at Siemens.


The deadline is midday 17 May 2013.


Image from Mayor’s Low Carbon Prize website


More info


Philosophy for Children, a two-day training course (Level 1) suitable for teachers and teaching assistants of all key stages, governors and senior management, will be held at the Institute of Education on 9 and 17 March 2013.


A powerful methodology for developing children’s thinking skills and exploring challenging subject matter, Philosophy for Children (P4C) is particularly relevant in Education for Global Citizenship, helping pupils to widen their area of concern while deepening their understanding of complex issues.


More info on the course from SAPERE website (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education)


Training course flier


SML BookCoverLocal democracy, civic engagement and community: From New Labour to the Big Society, the latest book by Dr Hugh Atkinson  (Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, London South Bank University) will be launched at the University Staff Lounge at 5 pm on 25 April 2013.


Focusing on local democratic politics in Britain over the last decade and a half from the New Labour government to the current coalition government, the book argues that local democracy is a vibrant terrain of innovation, civic engagement and participation and dynamic community activity.


Dr Atkinson is a member of the steering group of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).


Image from Dr Atkinson’s website


More on the book

SML-UEL-SeminarA seminar, The Sustainable City: Challenges and Opportunities in East London, was held at London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), Stratford on 20 March 2013.


Chaired by Professor Allan Brimicombe (Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies CGIS at the University of East London UEL), the event included two guest speakers: Bruce McVean (an Integrated Design Manager and a consultant for Beyond Green) and Samantha Heath (Chief Executive of the London Sustainability Exchange). A Question Time followed the speeches.


This is the third in a UEL Seminar Series, Beyond 2012: the Olympics and the Regeneration of East London, which explores the transformation of East London beyond 2012 with the aim of creating a knowledge platform to inform long term social, economic and cultural development of the area.


Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena




A conference on Effective local action on Air Pollution in London will be held at University College London (UCL) on 17 April 2013.


Speakers include:

  • Murad Qureshi, Chair of Health & Environment Committee, Greater London Authority
  • Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, King’s College London
  • Maria Arnold, Healthy Air Campaign
  • Simon Birkett, Clean Air for London
  • Neil Parry, East End Quality of Life Initiative, Sheffield
  • Louise Francis, Mapping for Change


The conference will focus on:

  • Current policy and knowledge issues
  • The current state and future potential of local action
  • Gaps in knowledge and action
  • The role of local councils and public health agencies
  • The potential for co-operative action by different agencies and organisations


Organised by Mapping for Change, a community interest company based at UCL, the event is supported by the Healthy Air Campaign, Clean Air for London, Sustrans, Friends of the Earth, the East End Quality of Life Initiative (Sheffield) and the City Bridge Trust.


More info

The Production of Place, a conference and workshops, was held at the University of East London (UEL) from 15 to 18 December 2012.


Tony Fretton, the author Iain Sinclair, Alberto Molletto and Chris Pyke (US Green Building Council) were among the keynote speakers and delegates from all five continents presented 38 papers, reflecting the three conference themes:

  • Global knowledge via local place
  • Insecurity in and of places
  • ‘Making’ and ‘doing’


In parallel, some 30 students participated in construction workshops with visiting artists.


Conference website


SML-scrn-RCE-London-website-130128-CRPDThe London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) will hold its inaugural AGM in Stratford (LLDC Building, 1 Stratford Place, E15) on 20 March 2013.





12.30-1.00pm Welcome by the London RCE to The Crystal for those wishing to meet for lunch plus visit around the facility (see map)

2.45pm Leave Crystal for LDDC near Westfield via DLR from Royal Victoria Dock to Stratford.

3.30pm London RCE AGM at 1 Stratford Place E15

Venue: LLDC building (see map)

3.35 pm Welcome – Neil Herrington (Event Chair), University of East London (UEL)

3.40 pm Welcome to the LLDC – Paul Brickell (Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, London Legacy Development Corporation LLDC)

3.50 pm Response – TBC

4.00 pm The Annual Report – Ros Wade (Chair, London RCE), London South Bank University

4.10 pm The London RCE European dimension – Dr Hugh Atkinson, London South Bank University

4.15 pm Stakeholders promotions

4.35 pm Summary and close

5.00 pm Pre seminar refreshments

5.30 pm Join with LLDC seminar The Sustainable City

7.30 pm Close

Following the AGM, the participants will have the opportunity of joining the seminar The Sustainable City: Challenges and Opportunities in East London.

Friends and colleagues of the London RCE are welcome to distribute or display material and to share their activities and plans related to ESD. Please request a registration form from Poppy Flint on and then RSVP to her.

To book a place for the 5.30pm UEL seminar, please email Sue Isaac ( or Dr Valerie Viehoff (

Launched in 2009, the London RCE is part of the 100-member global RCE network of UN University being developed to promote Education for SD locally and globally.


Professor Ros Wade Lynn Vickery


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