The Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network (GBSEN) in the state of Vermont, USA, is a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development, recognized by the United Nations University.
A member of a global network with over 168 RCEs from around the world, GBSEN promotes education, training, and public awareness to create a sustainable future for the greater Burlington region through the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our goal is to promote the work of sustainability practitioners in the region and encourage collaboration to strengthen existing and new sustainability initiatives.
Our network is comprised of educators, students, non-profits, government leaders, businesses, and community members. If you are interested in joining the network, Please contact Jen Cirillo at Shelburne Farms firstname.lastname@example.org or Walter Poleman at the University of Vermont email@example.com.
The United Nations University selected GBSEN to host the 8th Americas Regional RCE Meeting from September 22 - 25, 2019.
The honor of hosting the Americas meeting alternates between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with the previous three meetings taking places in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina; Vancouver, BC, Canada; and Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.
Delegates from RCEs across South, Central, and North America will be attending. GBSEN will provide accommodations at Shelburne Farms, and elements of the meeting will take place at the University of Vermont, Shelburne Farms, and in the City of Burlington.
The theme of this year’s meeting is Human Health and the Environment, which highlights the intersection of SDG #3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG #4 (Quality Education), SDG #6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), and SDG #11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).