Posted on October 15, 2010 by Tia Lalani

Oct 21-23: Researchers and community organizations from across Canada explore rural sustainability and its impact on social and political action.

October’s Taking the Next Steps: Sustainability Planning, Policy and Participation for Rural Canadian Communities conference (TTNS) will bring researchers and community organizations from across Canada to the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose. They will explore the issues emerging from Integrated Community Sustainability Plans and their impact on social and political action in rural Canadian communities.

“This is a great opening event for the ACSRC, and a great way to follow up on all of the work that’s been done, and is being done, across the country in areas related to community sustainability,” says Dr. Lars Hallström, Director of the organizing Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. “We will have researchers and community representatives from quite literally across the country coming together here at Augustana. It’s a unique event, it’s a significant event, and it’s a great way for the campus to further establish its reputation as a leader in rural research and outreach.”

This conference will provide opportunities for knowledge synthesis and exchange through a combination of presentations, round tables and break-out panels. There will also be opportunities for undergraduate students to participate and a small trade show.

TTNS will include presentations from representatives of the 2010 ACSRC Rural Capacity Intern Program. This program provided three Augustana interns with a comprehensive rural experience where they lived and worked in East Central Albertan communities. U of A Augustana’s Dr. Karsten Mündel and Camrose City Manager Brian Hamblin will discuss the process of developing a Municipal Sustainability Plan for the City of Camrose.

The University of Alberta’s Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $161,000 2010 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant. The grant was awarded in the Public Outreach Grants: Canadian Environmental Issues program category and will allow the ACSRC to host the conference.

The conference will take place from October 21 – 23, 2010. The conference is open to the public and registration is available online. In addition, there will be on-site registration ($50/day) for the duration of the conference. For a complete conference program, please visit the TTNS website at augustana.ualberta.ca/centres/acsrc/TakingtheNextSteps/.

Established in 2008, the ACSRC is partnership between the Augustana Faculty and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences of the University of Alberta. The ACSRC fills the gap for research and policy in rural areas by fostering constructive dialogue, promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and developing partnerships between the University of Alberta and rural communities in Alberta and beyond. For more information, please visit the ACSRC’s website at augustana.ualberta.ca/centres/acsrc/.


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