Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)

A UNU-IASS Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

It's Official!

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The greater Portland region is now a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on education for sustainable development (ESD). Known locally as the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), we join a coalition of 127 RCEs around the world that have been acknowledged by the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies of Sustainability.

GPSEN is a growing network of regional educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, and community members collaborating to promote sustainability education in the Portland Metro region, including Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington.

Creating a community web at the Social Sustainability Colloquium

Building our network at PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium

Our mission is to increase the region's collective impact by developing collaborative partnerships, supporting outreach, and offering formal and informal educational and research opportunities that leverage our talents and resources to help us all achieve our sustainability education goals.

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

How can you help advance sustainability education?
Take the GPSEN Member Engagement Pledge!


Don't miss these highlighted events:


RCE Stakeholder Meeting

Monday, April 28, 2014

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Metro 370 A & B

600 NE Grand Ave.

Portland, OR 97232-2736

Learn more about GPSEN and RCE initiatives and connect with regional partners and community members.  The meeting will include presentations from EEAO and the Intertwine Alliance, discussion topics related to GPSEN programs, and time for networking.


GPSEN's Launch Celebration

Wednesday, June 4, 2014World Environment Day

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

World Forestry Center, Miller Hall

Share in our launch celebration party, with music, speakers, local food, international guests, art, creative activities, and opportunities for partners to share their successes.  Help us celebrate GPSEN and this year's World Environment Day.

Tickets are now available and space is limited, so please register soon!  


Presenting Sponsor


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Lead Sponsors


Oregon Zoo logo Metro Logo Wisdom of the Elders

Republic Services



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Check out additional sustainability events in the region on our Events page.

Educate, Inspire, Engage