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Do you have sustainability education events, workshops, and conferences that you would like to share with others in the network?  Send them to news.gpsen@gmail.com.

Equity Stories Project, PCC, Feb, 2014

Equity Stories Project, PCC, February, 2014

For more events, see the GPSEN Newsletter.

GPSEN Events


2015 RCE Conference of the Americas
August 9-12 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan

GPSEN is recognized as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University and is part of a network of 136 RCEs around the world to help support a more sustainable future.  Organized into continental groups, we are joining the RCEs of the North, Central, and South America this summer to share best practices and coordinate efforts.  You are invited!

The conference will provide a global platform that elevates the conversation around education for sustainable development with a focus on the impact of water resources. We welcome leaders from countries throughout the Americas and also the world, who are influential thinkers, researchers, authors, academics, and educators.  We hope you will join us.

To learn more and to register, please check out the conference website.

Community Events

Portland State University's Sustainability Events

PSU hosts regular Social Sustainability Colloquium, speakers, seminars and celebrations.  Find their calendar of sustainability events here.

Center for Diversity and the Environment is Having a Party!
Thursday, July 9th
5:30 - 9:00 pm
June Key Delta Center
5940 North Albina Avenue, Portland

CDE is throwing a party for our founder and former Executive Director, Marcelo Bonta. Please join us to celebrate his visionary leadership, to thank him for his years of dedicated service to CDE, and to wish him well in his upcoming endeavors!

Celebrate CLF
Thursday, July 16
5:00 - 7:30 pm
NW Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby, Portland

After 21 years working across disciplines to create a more equitable and sustainable region, the Coalition for a Livable Future will be closing its doors.  CLF made this decision in significant part to support the next phase of the Regional Equity Atlas’s development.  For the Equity Atlas to continue to grow and thrive as an essential tool for the region, it will be housed at an organization with greater research capacity.  The research, outreach, and engagement that make the Equity Atlas a powerful tool to improve our communities will continue, though with a different structure.  More details to come.

Please join the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF) at our Farewell Party to honor the partnerships, accomplishments, and dear friends we've made in the movement toward a healthy, equitable, and sustainable region.

Antiracism Workshop
Thursday, July 16, 2015
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Suite 450, The Intertwine Alliance (inside the David Evans & Associates building)
2100 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR

The Intertwine Alliance continues its equity and diversity work by hosting two antiracism workshops, led by nationally respected Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training. There is a one-day workshop on July 19th that is limited to 100 participants; followed by a 2.5 day workshop on institutionalized racism on October 6 - 8 in the Columbia River Gorge that is limited to 48 participants. Each organization can have a max of 4 people attending the workshop since space is limited. 

For more information, email: kevin@theintertwine.org 


Workshops and Conferences

AASHE Conference & Expo
Early Bird pricing ends July 10
Oct 26 - 28
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) annual Conference & Expo brings together emerging and advanced sustainability professionals, senior leaders (e.g., presidents, chancellors, provosts, and deans), students, faculty, staff, businesses and media for a four-day conference that celebrates and inspires campus sustainability innovations. The conference will deliver workshops, case studies, panel discussions and keynote addresses to support the advancement of sustainability in higher education. Through this four day conference, you can expect to walk away empowered to lead the global sustainability movement with new tools and tactics to take back to your institution. You’ll be prepared to change the face of sustainability on your campus and surrounding community.

For more information click here.

Camp Snowball:  Education for Sustainability
July 13 – 17
Portland State University 

What does "sustainability" mean to you?  Share your ideas at Camp Snowball, a professional development opportunity for yourself and/or your team in tools and approaches that help you navigate the uncharted waters of change.  Camp Snowball offers: great capacity-building disguised as interactive, fun, in-depth core modules; an opportunity to meet educators; a safe space for students and teachers to work together in creating schools that meet the current and future needs of all students; instructors with years of experience and a never-ending passion for improving student outcomes and education; a PSU graduate course to personalize your learning; a chance to share your own work with peers and thought partners; a team building experience for intact and newly formed teams; a learning community; and a practice field.

Bring a team and register now

Student Alliance Project Summer Leadership Camp
July 13 - August 14
Monday & Wednesday (10am - 4pm); Friday (10am - 2pm)
Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community Center

Our mission is to inspire youth to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders. This 5-Week camp is for young people ages 14 - 23. Each week has a theme: Express Yourself! Achieve Your Dreams! What You Didn’t Learn in School! Making and Managing Money! Learn the Game!

Participants must attend an orientation meeting on either July 6th or July 7th. Limited spots are available. Registration closes July 5th. Bus tickets and child care reimbursement will be provided upon request.

For more information click here. To register click here.

Education for Systems Thinking Workshops
August 3 & 4
Grant High School Library
2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland

Level A (Aug 3)
Participants will become more deeply acquainted with the tools and concepts introduced in Level A, and how these connect to the Oregon Environmental Literacy learning strands. They will expand their systems thinking toolbox with additional archetypes, feedback loops and an intro to dynamic computer modeling. They will report out about their progress using the tools introduced in Level A, and will have opportunity for collaborative planning.

Level B (Aug 4)
Participants will develop an awareness of systems thinking concepts and tools (such as Habits of a Systems Thinker, Behavior Over Time Graphs, connection circles, “Fixes that Backfire” archetype, iceberg, feedback loops). They will begin to analyze systems with these tools, using exercises that can be repeated in the classroom. The Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan will be introduced and participants will consider how they can utilize the systems thinking tools to address the Plan’s learning strands, and STEM.

These workshops will also be offered on Oct 16 & 17 in Corvallis, OR. For more information click here.

Other Events

See GPSEN/RCE newsletter archives for past events