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 Centre of Expertise (RCE) on education for sustainable development (ESD), by the United Nations University, in 2013, we are part of a coalition of 129 RCEs around the world.


UNESCO recently launched the new Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, with 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

We will be exploring how to connect with the GAP's priority action areas at our:

Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
Thursday, December 11, 2014
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
PCC Climb Center, Rms 302-303
1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR

Come learn about how to plug into UNESCO's Global Action Programme and highlight priority action areas for our region and beyond. Join us afterwards for some celebratory Hot Lips pizza.


Creating a community web at the Social Sustainability Colloquium

Networking at PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium

Our mission is to develop collaborative partnerships, support outreach, and offer formal, non-formal, and informal educational and research opportunities that leverage our region's talents and resources to help us all increase our collective impact to achieve a more sustainable future.

We invite you to explore how GPSEN can help you create a more sustainable, just, healthy, and thriving greater Portland region.


How can you help advance sustainability education?

There are many ways to get involved. Check out the links in the sidebar and let us know how you would like to make a difference.

Take the GPSEN Member Engagement Pledge!


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

~ Educate, Empower, Engage ~