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Upcoming Events, Workshops, and Conferences

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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


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 and actions are necessary to perpetuate life on Earth?  Join Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in ESD and Adviser to the RCEs of the Americas, and community leaders from the Ethical Future Institute, Earth & Spirit Council, Portland State University, Interfaith Council, Wisdom of the Elders, Lewis & Clark College, Portland Community College, the Northwest Earth Institute, and People of the Heart in a Talking Circle to explore how core ethics and principles can be best embodied and acted upon to create a sustainable future.

Sponsored by GPSEN, the Ethical Future Institute, Earth and Spirit Council, and Portland Community College, 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.  

To learn more about GPSEN and partner events, check out our website.


Community Events

PDX Green Drinks
Tuesday, February 3
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Gather Food & Drink, DoubleTree Hotel
1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232

Join guest speaker, Brighton West, Friends of Trees, to discuss how to get involved in local communities with replanting and reforesting. He will expand on the non-profits' direction in creating more forest lands in metropolitan areas. 
Gather Food & Drink sources its menu options from local, sustainable sources and is setting a standard for others to follow!

$5 Suggested Attendance Donation.  RSVP to:

Economic Development in Portland: Issues and Concerns
Tuesday, February 10
7:00 pm
Board Room, Multnomah County Building
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Portland, the public is invited to a discussion by a panel of experts about the results of a study of Economic Development in Portland and the Portland Development Commission.  A League Study Committee has just completed an unbiased and detailed 2-year re-study of the PDC and the city's economic development, focusing on changes in the past 30 years. The study is based on careful research and dozens of interviews with business leaders and public officials. 

The panel will discuss these complex and tangled—but vitally important—issues. The panel includes: Chris Harder, Economic Development Director for the Portland Development Commission; Lisa Abuaf, the Central City Manager for the Portland Development Commission; John Russell, the Founder of the Russell Development Company; and Rey España, the Deputy Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center.

Westside Green Drinks
Thursday, February 12
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Reedville Café
7575 SW Tualatin Valley Highway, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Guest Speaker, Suzanne Ballard, Dinihannian's Farm and Market, will discuss Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), how you can become part of a crop share, and how you can become involved in crop sharing in the winter months. We will highlight local Farmers Markets and when they will open in February, March and April.

$5 Suggested Attendance Donation.   RSVP to:

"In It Together" 2015 Community Summit
Saturday, February 28
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ambridge Center
1333 MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement, in collaboration with community partners, announces the 2015 Community Summit. The Summit theme "In It Together" focuses on addressing real challenges and engaging our diverse city. Join neighbors, friends and activists, community and neighborhood groups to work together to impact public policy, strengthen relations and build capacity. Attend a variety of workshops and dialogues on issues impacting Portlanders all over the city. Find out how to engage on current issues, hear success stories and connect.

To register, 
read more here.

Workshops and Conferences

Curriculum for the Bioregion: Fostering an Ethic of Place
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington

Sponsored by the Washington Center, “Fostering an Ethic of Place” will build on ten years of Curriculum for the Bioregion work situating sustainability studies in the places we actually inhabit. We will explore ways that community-based learning and research can lead to deeper community- and civic-engagement on the part of both students and campuses.

The conference is designed specifically for small higher education-teams (which can include faculty, staff, students, and community partners) who want to plan a new project or further develop an existing one. Campuses are invited to bring one or two teams (up to 8 people per campus) who want to create a new project or deepen an existing one; individuals are also welcome to attend. The registration fee for the day (including refreshments and lunch) is $60/person. Registration forms and information are available at:

Art of Participatory Leadership 
February 11-13th, 2015
Lewis and Clark College

This workshop is part of the international Art of Hosting movement that is working to move forward participatory leadership skills and practices. We're finding that many leaders are seeking tools and strategies that bring out the best in our communities and foster deeper collaboration. We'll focus on how to create effective meetings and practices for working better together amidst times of rapid change and complexity. 

Early bird specials and group discounts are available.  For more details and to register, check out our website.

Call for Proposals for the AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo
Proposals due by Monday, February 23, 2015

The 10th AASHE Conference will be held October 25-28, 2015, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You are invited to submit a proposal for the AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo

This year's theme is "Transforming Sustainability Education" and will convene a diverse group of campus representatives, including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff, administrators and presidents together with business, non-profit, government and community members for a sustainable celebration. Submit a proposal and play an integral role in furthering the higher education sustainability movement.


Agent of Change Sustainable Leadership Training
Five Mondays - February 23, March 2, 9, 16, and April 13
6:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Downtown Portland

What is your vision for your community? What is your vision for change?  Take the no-cost Agent of Change Sustainable Leadership Training and learn how to make your vision a reality. Create Earth-conscious change within your community and make a visible impact in the movement to forge a sustainable local culture.

Join the growing network of over 950 Portlanders who have completed the How to Be an Agent of Change training, which was developed by veteran change agents Jeanne and Dick Roy.* This sustainable leadership training imparts a proven framework for advancing sustainability or ecological awareness in a chosen “circle of influence” (workplace, neighborhood, school, etc.).

There is no charge for the class, but advance registration is required. For information or to reserve your space, contact Erica DeJong at 503-227-2315 or Learn more about the Center:

The Economics of Happiness Conference
February 27 - March 1
The Eliot Center
1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland

Be part of a world-changing conversation. Join leading thinkers and activists from around the world to explore strategies for effective action.The world needs a linked-up global-to local movement. Through our international network we are able to bring voices and perspectives from the global south to counter the pervasive myths about development and economic growth. In promoting the ‘Economics of Happiness’ – describing the deep psychological benefits of strengthening local communities – we also link the ‘inner’, or spiritual with the ‘outer’, or political.

Our holistic approach helps to bring together people concerned with a whole range of issues - from climate and unemployment to gas fracking and depression. Spelling out the big picture can help create a broad coalition for fundamental change.

To learn more and register, check out the conference site.

Hands On TeamWorks Leader Info Session
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hands On Greater Portland Office
Are you passionate about a certain community issue or neighborhood in and around Portland? Do you enjoy getting to know new, community-minded people? Engaging in lively discussion? Bringing people together around a common cause? If you've been looking for a way to deepen your leadership experience while engaging with others in a team-based atmosphere, TeamWorks leadership might be your answer!
Hands On's 2015 TeamWorks Season starts up in March with a Sustainability-focused team in partnership with GPSEN and PCC. Beyond that, we are still developing our team schedule and have nine team slots open for excited leaders to explore new (or returning) TeamWorks topics during the April - November timeframe. 
If you're interested in learning more about leading a team yourself, save the date for our upcoming TeamWorks Leader Info session. Space is limited. Please Sign Up to let us know you're coming!

2015 Oregon Environmental Education Conference
March 18-21, 2015
YMCA Camp Collins
Gresham, Oregon

Presented by the Environmental Education Association of Oregon, workshop tracks include: Building a Career in EE: Entry-level staff learn the skills to stay in EE; E-STEM: Discover the latest about engaging in the STEM movement; Advocacy: Learn to tell your story to get decision-makers to choose your program; and Inclusion: How to ensure all your audiences are included & engaged.

For more information and to register, click here.

Other Events

See GPSEN/RCE newsletter archives for past events