The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) announced a new regional sustainability network, RCE Greater Atlanta, one of six Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in the United States. The idea to form RCE Greater Atlanta was first presented by Georgia Tech's Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (Center) at Scheller College of Business quickly provided its support.
The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and Spelman College are leading the RCE Greater Atlanta for the first two years in collaboration with other regional educational institutions. All of these and other multi-stakeholder RCE partners are committed to implementing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. Moving forward the Center will work to engage Atlanta's businesses, universities and its students. "As part of the preliminary strategies and activities for the newly-established RCE, I am working with Andrea Pinabell, President of Southface, and Cheryl Kortemeier, Executive Director of the Corporate Volunteer Council, to lead a working group focused on business engagement and participation in the RCE," says Michael Oxman, Managing Director of The Center. "Additionally we will engage our Center's students in the network moving forward, providing unique opportunities for hands-on learning and interacting with business."
Currently, 164 RCEs have been acknowledged worldwide by the United Nations University. The Global RCE network brings together multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary members who might not otherwise work together to help create solutions to sustainability challenges through dialogue, education and learning.
"Our partners are very excited that Atlanta, through the RCE, is connected to a global network of professionals working towards the same sustainable development goals. Some have expressed the hope that this network anchored in so many local anchor institutions will become a virtual "Beltline"," notes Beril Toktay, Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business.
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