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Equity Stories Project, PCC, Feb, 2014

Equity Stories Project, PCC, February, 2014

For more events, see the GPSEN Newsletter.


Meetings and Events


GPSEN Events


GPSEN’s NWEI EcoChallenge Team

October 15-29, 2014

Have you signed up to participate in this year'sEcoChallenge? This annualNorthwest Earth Institute event asks you to take on a two-week challenge to change your life for good. It's free, it's easy, and it's fun.  Please join the GPSEN team this year to take actions thatmake a difference in your life and community and even be entered for a chance to win prizes.



Community Events


Columbia Land Trust’s Wild Splendor

Thursday, October 16

5:30-9:30 pm

Montgomery Park

2701 NW Vaughn Portland, OR 97210

Columbia Land Trust’s signature event, enjoy Northwest food and wine and a walk down the green carpet.  Join us to celebrate the premier of our new short film, “The River’s Will.”  For more information and to register, click here.

United Nations: A Quiet Revolution -- Women’s Empowerment, Rights, and Gender Equality

Wednesday, October 22

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Oregon Historical Society, Madison Room

1200 SW Park Ave, Portland

Our United Nations Association Portland Chapter celebrates U.N. Day and the UN’s 69th birthday with a presentation by Suvira Chaturvedi. She has worked in international development in senior management positions for over 30 years with United Nations agencies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council, this will be a very interesting and timely program.

Free and open to the public.

Tualatin Riverkeepers First River Professor Talk: Native People of the Tualatin River

Wednesday, October 22

6:00 pm-8:00pm

Tigard Library

13500 SW Hall Blvd, Portland, OR 97223

David Harrelson will speak about the Native People of the Tualatin River, past and present.


Mercy Corps Lecture:The Neuroscience of Resilience

Thursday, October 23

7:00 pm– 9:00 pm

MercyCorps Action Center

28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Sarina Saturn, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and Oregon State University Assistant Professor of Psychology, uses the evolving neuroscience of resilience to help us understand how we keep or lose control under fire. Nothing demands greater performance under pressure than a disaster, whether you are an aid worker or a survivor. What does our brain look like when we experience fear and how does that impact our behavior? Conversely, Saturn will also talk about the neuroscience of more positive emotions -- her specialty is bridging lab-based neuroscience with the nuances of social psychology.

Regular $10, Student/Senior $5.  Purchase ticketshere.

Lewis & Clark’s Sustainability in Portland (SIP) Event

Tuesday, October 28

5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E. Burnside St.

Come network, have fun, and connect around sustainability, along with UNESCO Chair Charles Hopkins. This year, we gather during the 2014 national conference for the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Lewis & Clark is proud to co-host the AASHE conference—bringing hundreds of professionals from sustainability-related organizations to Portland.

Complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres (Must be 21+ to attend.) The event is free and capacity is limited, so please RSVP early—this is something you don’t want to miss!

Workshops and Conferences


Lewis & Clark Environmental Affairs Symposium: "We the Anthropos"

October 14 to 16

EcoTrust Building and Lewis & Clark College

What does it mean to dwell in the Anthropocene, when the earth has in many ways become a human creation?

Lewis & Clark’s 17th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium explores this era of the Anthropocene via keynote dialogue, a wide range of scholarly sessions, and other events designed for participants to forge new environmental identities with eyes wide open to contemporary ideas—ultimately to recapture imagination and hope in a world shaped by the earthbound.

This year’s keynote event will be held Tuesday Oct. 14 starting at 7 pm in the Ecotrust Natural Capital Center in downtown Portland, followed by sessions on the 15th and 16th at Lewis & Clark.  Learn more here.

GoGreen Portland 2014
Thursday, October 16

9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.Hosted Networking Reception to begin at5 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center | Oregon Ballroom

777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

 “The Rise of the Commons: Investing in a Socially Sustainable Community.”  The 7th annual GoGreen Portland conference brings together private and public sector leaders to share their work on the key components of a framework for a socially sustainable community. Our experts will discuss social equity advocacy, the development of new economic models, competitive city strategies, behavioral change, new innovations and corporate responsibility. GoGreen creates a platform for attendees to engage in interactive, peer-to-peer and solution-based learning to generate practical solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges.

For more information and to register, click here.  As a GPSEN partner, receive a 30% discounted price, by entering promotional code: GPSEN.

Earth Advantage: Sustainable Homes Professional

New classes begin October 17, 2014

623 SW Oak Street  | Third Floor

Portland, OR 97205

Learn sustainable building best practices from building science experts in a hands-on learning environment and gain practical knowledge that you can apply immediately.  Course modules include: Introduction & Integrated Design Process; Building Science Fundamentals; High Performance Building Envelopes; Mechanical Systems & Performance Testing; Health, Materials, & Water; and Synthesis, Final Projects, & Certification Exam.

Register here.  Contact Ryan LaPoma for more information at

Community Energy Project’s New DIY Insulation Workshop

Saturday, Oct 18


Community Energy Project

422 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211

This free limited time workshop teaches participants how to weatherize a flat attic. Topics covered include safety, air sealing, baffling, blown-in insulation, and incentives to help cover the cost of your project.

Learn more and register for the workshop at www.communityenergyproject.orgor call503.284.6827 x106

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference

October 27-29, 2014

Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

With nearly 2,000 participants, AASHE's annual conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America. In one of the most innovative sustainable cities in North America, attendees from around the world will come together to network and share new innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability.  Register soon!

New Executive Workshop Added to AASHE Conference!
Leith Sharp from Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, will deliver a new one-day intensive session for senior leaders and experienced sustainability professionals who want to integrate sustainability into the core of their university or college as a driver of innovation, effectiveness and growth. For more information and to register.

International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) Conference 2014

November 12-14

Denver, Colorado
Early bird registration endsOctober 12th

Enjoy pre-conference events, keynote speakers, workshops, and networking events. Joel Makower of GreenBiz will tell us aboutThe State of Green BusinessandAndrew Mangan, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, will explainWhy Scaling Up Sustainability is So Damn Hard! And, don’t miss the Sustainability Hall of Fame Wisdom Panel discuss their vision and insight on the sustainability field:

Take advantage of all these opportunities by registering now!

Intertwine Fall Summit 2014
Friday, November 14

1:00 pm- 7:00 pm
The Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

"Play, Learn, Serve and Work: Youth Perspectives on Conservation and Nature" Utilizing the Collective Impact framework, this fall’s Intertwine Summit will focus on equity, inclusion and developing the environmental leaders oftomorrow. ​Take part in a youth-led workshop exploring the importance of including diverse voices in our planning and program development. ​Hear how Intertwine Alliance partners are empowering young people to step into conservation leadership roles, infusing their organizations and programs with new energy. Explore the ways that youth perspectives can strengthen the work of all Alliance partners.  Presenters will include The Intertwine Alliance’s Plant-Off! Team, Audubon’s Talon Program, Project YESS at Mt. Hood Community College, Metro’s partnership with Self Enhancement Inc., the OakQuest Project and the Momentum Alliance.  Featuring the 2014 Force of Nature Awards Ceremony.



Other Events

See GPSEN/RCE newsletter archives for past events