The 9th WEEC will be held in 2017
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in September 9-15 2017.
The title will be Culturenvironment: Weaving new connections

The International Organizing Committee is the WEEC Permanent Secretariat, based in Italy, the Local Organizing Committee is the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Their members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments.

In 2010 the Institute was granted status as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by the United Nations University and in 2013, the Institute won an RCE award for its innovative Professional Development practices.

The IEL's goal is to support community-based research on best practices for environmental education in both the formal and informal education sectors. The Institute also maintains relationships with other international and national networks including the Global RCE network, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)

Vancouver wants to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. It is is already Canada's greenest city, has the smallest per capita carbon footprint of any city in North America and is an industry-recognized front runner in green building, planning and technology.

In consideration of themes and programming for the 2017 congress, the local organizing committee envisions a broad and inclusive view of topics on environmental and sustainability education that will highlight the impact of urban ecosystems and local, place based initiatives that can be translated into practices on a global scale. Of particular interest is the interplay among cultural and environmental factors which are at play in a region such as British Columbia.

During the Congress will be pursued themes as:

Local Outdoor Learning
Greenest City Projects
Place-Based Learning
First Peoples Epistemologies
Urban Ecosystems
Cultural Diversity
Systems Thinking/Complexity
Aesthetics and Artistic Expression
Social Responsibility as Pedagogy
Moral Development and Environmental Ethics
Innovations in Research/Development
Communicating in a Climate of Uncertainty


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