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

January 13, 2017

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

Aerial photo of Faryon Bridge over the Otonabee River

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.