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 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.

Upcoming GPSEN Event!

Ethics for A Sustainable Future Talking Circle

Thursday, February 5
3:00- 5:30 pm 
Performing Arts Center Lobby
PCC Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

What ethics are necessary to perpetuate life on Earth?  Perceiving Earth and all her inhabitants as living systems helps us explore this core question.  Join Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in ESD and Adviser to the RCEs of the Americas, and other illustrious community leaders, in a Talking Circle to explore how these ethics and principles can be best embodied to create a sustainable future.
This modified fishbowl model will have concentric circles, with members of the audience in the Outer Circles invited to listen and then ask questions of members of the Talking Circle.  Please let us know if you would like to participate in the Talking Circle or would like to suggest someone who you think best embodies these ethics.  And, please invite folks who you think would benefit from engaging in the Outer Circle.
Sponsored by GPSEN, the Ethical Future Institute, Earth and Spirit Council, and Portland Community College.


Creating a community web at the Social Sustainability Colloquium

Networking at PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium

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~ Educate, Empower, Engage ~