Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)

A UNU-IAS Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development



The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) is a multi-sector network of educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organizations, and community members collaborating to promote sustainability education in the Portland Metro region, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County in Washington.

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Acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on education for sustainable development (ESD), by the United Nations University, in 2013, we are part of a coalition of 135 RCEs around the world.

UNESCO recently launched the new Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and is looking to RCEs to help implement the 5 Priority Action Areas:

  1. Advancing policy: Mainstream ESD
  2. Transforming learning and training environments: Whole-Institution Approach
  3. Building capacities of educators and trainers
  4. Empowering and mobilizing youth
  5. Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level

Let's think about how projects in our region fit into these categories and how we can create a more sustainable, just, healthy, and thriving region and future, together.


Creating a community web at the Social Sustainability Colloquium

Networking at PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium

How can you help advance sustainability education?


There are many ways to get involved. Check out the links in the sidebar.

Take the GPSEN Member Engagement Pledge!


And don't miss out on Events in our region!

~ Educate, Empower, Engage ~