Navigate Up
Sign In


    Mayor George Heartwell has announced that Grand Rapids will host the Regional Centres of Expertise 2015 Conference of the Americas on August 9-11. The RCEs are a network of organizations acknowledged by the United Nations University to educate on sustainable development in its community. 

    The conference will provide a global platform that elevates the conversation around education for sustainable development with a focus on the impact of water resources. We welcome leaders from six countries throughout the Americas and also the world, who are influential thinkers, researchers, authors, academics, and educators. Outcomes of the conference on education for sustainable development will impact and guide the implementation of future work of the RCE.

    The RCE keynote speaker is John C. Austin director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation, a center for ideas and network-building to advance Michigan’s economic transformation. Austin was elected in 2000, and re-elected in 2008, by the people of Michigan to the State Board of Education, and unanimously elected President by his peers. He also serves as a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution. The event will be held Monday August 10 at the City Flats Ballroom. 

    Heartwell said this international gathering will attract visitors and dignitaries from cities and countries across the globe, including from Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Bogotá, Colombia
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada Dhaka, Bangladesh
Portland, Oregon, USA Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA, Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tokyo, Japan
Kano, Nigeria and Jalisco, Mexico

    Community Sustainability Partners and other interested parties are invited to attend and network with RCE guests.

    For more information and to sponsor please visit​.

    A schedule of events and tickets are available at