Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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For more events, see the GPSEN Newsletter.

GPSEN Events


GPSEN Think Tank
Tuesday, September 8
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Community Energy Project
2900 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

GPSEN's new Think Tank offers visionaries and researchers an opportunity to explore deep questions and identify ways to engage in systems-thinking and formal and community-based research. 
 With an emphasis on the social sciences, we strive to examine the structural and cultural foundations of society, promote transformative principles, and advise policy changes that support sustainability education, public awareness, and training. 

GPSEN Partner Meeting
Wednesday, September 30
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Rose Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 

How do we create a Greater Portland?  Building a network based on sustainability education, public awareness, and training helps!  So does aligning our organizational and collective missions with broader efforts, such as the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be released at the end of September.  Let's connect and talk about ways to build resources, coordinate efforts, and really make a difference.

NWEI EcoChallenge Team


GPSEN is participating in the Northwest Earth Institute's annual EcoChallenge and we would love to have you on our GPSEN team. This fun, free event allows participants to take on an EcoChallenge that changes an environmental behavior for two weeks, making a difference in their own lives and on behalf of their communities and the planet. The team is virtual, so people can join from across the region and around the world. We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to create community by sharing this experience together.

Click here to learn how to join our team and participate.

Community Events


PDX Green Monthly Mixer: Meet Portland Pedal Power!
Tuesday, September 1
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213

Ken Wetherell, founder/co-owner of Portland Pedal Power will be speaking at Tuesday night’s Green Drinks. PPP provides active advertising and delivery concierge services to businesses in Central Portland. The PPP delivery network evolved from a simple idea: use bikes to fulfill an existing need in the urban core. Since then, the team has worked to sustainably fill the gap of last mile delivery needs while simultaneously providing human-level advertising and promotion. PPP’s mission-designed bicycle equipment provides speed of delivery, environmental and cost advantages vs. motorized vehicles; capacity advantages vs. standard bicycles; and a highly differentiated platform for out-of-home (OOH) advertising vs. conventional static and vehicle-based media offerings. Fusing the capacity of cargo bikes with signage on custom enclosures, Portland Pedal Power has developed an efficient business model that is well-aligned with urban trends and growing concerns about human health, livable cities, and reduced CO2 emissions.

$5 per attendee. To RSVP click here.

Mandala Making: Cultivating Resilience Through the Creative Process
Thursday, September 17
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Social Justice Action Center
400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

We are bombarded daily with news of drought, fire, water shortages, climate change, species extinction, corporate greed, food insecurity, and economic and social inequality. All this can quickly become overwhelming and lead to despair. If you’re an activist engaged in the work of ecological and social justice, you may find yourself feeling exhausted and burnt out. Everything feels urgent, so taking time out for self-care is a radical concept, but necessary for the long-term since we are unlikely to see the result of our actions in our lifetime. Led by visionary artist and spiritual activist Amy Livingstone, t
ogether we will explore how the creative process can support us as we navigate this time of transformation so we may find strength to continue to bear witness and act on behalf of others and our world. Art has the power to heal and brings you into the present moment. This gathering invites you to slow down, listen deeply to what is stirring in your soul, and create an expression of that which is most alive in your heart. We will make mandalas together that honor both our grief and our love for our world. 

For more information click here.  RSVP to amy@sacredartstudio.net

Ceremony for Healing the Whales and the Waters
Sunday, September 20
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Cathedral Park (under St. Johns bridge)
N. Edison St and Pittsburgh Ave, Portland

Through trash gathering, storytelling, heart sharing, prayer, poetry, music, and song, we will create a healing ceremony for our Whale kin and the toxic Willamette River as it leads to the sea.

Autumn Equinox Earth Gathering: A Beautiful Harvest
Sunday - Wednesday, September 20 - 23
Alsea River - Monroe, Oregon

We will intimately connect with earth; give gratitude for earth’s bounty; deepen your ‘natural activism’; and honor your own unexpected gifts. This will be a deep experiential learning from place; a meaningful and shared journey with trusted others sacred journey of soul, ‘lightly’ guided, gently held and thoughtfully planned.
  • Cost: $75-100 per person, costs shared equally. 
  • Meals: provided, prepared together. Organic, GF garden foods; eggs, fish and chicken also available.
  • Accommodations: outdoors with some inside options; tents and pop-ups perfect.
  • Travel: ride sharing from Portland for 2.5 hour trip.  
For more information click here.  To register contact Judy Todd at 503-2604995 or judy@yournatureconnect.com.

EEAO End of Summer Soiree
Thursday, September 24
5:00 - 8:30 pm
Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Celebrate the Environmental Education Association of Oregon (EEAO) with a festive night with old and new friends at the Oregon Zoo.
  • Mark Lewis, Oregon's engaging STEM Director, will be presenting on the connection between EE and STEM.
  • Appearances by friendly zoo animals!
  • Help EEAO with our mission while you connect with your wild side!
Tickets are only $25 in advance for 2015 Conference attendees; just a little more for others. For more info and tickets, click here.

UPRIVER: Film Premiere
Saturday, September 26
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sellwood Riverfront Park
SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
Home to roughly two-thirds of all Oregonians, the Willamette River system has endured a history of human use and abuse similar to most large river systems. UpRiver explores the recent movement of Oregonians from all walks of life to improve the health of this river and the diverse life it supports; and provides a new look at what this river is, where it comes from, and where it’s going. Filmmakers will be in attendance! 

FREE ADMISSION! Event starts with food, music, and free river paddling before the film starts at 7pm. For more information about the film click here. To RSVP on Facebook click here.

Portland Eco-School Network: "Dessert Meetup"
September 28, 29, 30 & October 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

K-8 Parents are invited to a “Dessert Meetup” hosted by parents of the Center for Earth Leadership’s Eco-School Network. Network with parents from about 30 different schools to share ideas, experiences, and projects - in person and online. Meetups will be held in the homes of Portland Eco-School Network moms.  

•    North Portland – September 28, 7:00 p.m.
•    Northeast Portland – September 29, 7:00 p.m.
•    Southeast Portland – September 30, 7:00 p.m.
•    West-Side – October 1, 7:00 p.m.

For more information click here. Please RSVP to Jeanne Roy, 503-244-0026 or Jeanne@earthleaders.org, and she will send you details for the Meetup in your area.

Campus Sustainability Month
October 1 - 31, 2015

Campuses can celebrate Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) throughout October. The month will provide an unparalleled series of opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents, such as:
Institutions of higher education, non-profits, and businesses can celebrate Campus Sustainability Month by organizing one or more events. These might include: announcements of new sustainability commitments or accomplishments, film screenings, award ceremonies, tree plantings, teach-ins, conferences, nature walks, green product showcases, sustainability competitions, power plant tours, information fairs and more! 

For more information click here.

Van Jones: Environmental Justice for All
Wednesday, October 28
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Portland State University - Peter Stott Center (PSC)
930 SW Hall St, Portland, OR

This is a great opportunity to hear CNN commentator, Van Jones, talk about issues of social justice, the green economy, and the environment. Offered as part of Portland State University’s Social Sustainability Month and Portland State of Mind.  

This popular event will fill quickly, so get your tickets now. For more information click here


Workshops and Conferences

Community Engaged Learning for Equity & Empowerment: Evidence-Based Practices for Racial Justice in Action
Friday, September 11
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Oregon Campus Compact is hosting a 6-hour institute taught by Dr. Christine M. Cress of Portland State University & Dr. Stephanie T. Stokamer of Pacific University on the power of community-engaged learning pedagogy and practice as a critical tool in every professional's toolbox who wants to promote equity and empowerment for students of color and first generation college students.  Outcomes include sharing a common understanding of the role of Campus Compact in higher education, basic principles of community engaged learning, and data on racially based educational inequities; connecting personal experiences and passions to the institute topic to promote deeper and more extensive use of community engaged learning in higher education in Oregon; learning about best practice models from across the country; and gaining hands-on experience mapping courses and linking learning objectives to community-based learning approaches for delivering content, promoting learning, and developing projects.

Registration fees include coffee, light refreshments in the morning, full lunch, and access to training powerpoint and materials online. For more information and to register, click here.

Community Energy Project: Become a Workshop Leader
September 12, 19, 26 & October 3
Community Energy Project
2900 SE Stark St - Suite A, Portland, OR 97214

Teach community members practical skills to conserve energy and protect themselves from lead poisoning. In the process, you will develop your skills as a public speaker, teacher, and leader. 95% of the workshop attendees take immediate steps to improve their home as a result of what they learn. We’ll teach you to be a part of this movement that leverages education for a better community.

For more information click here.

Nature Mentoring in Action: An experiential weekend workshop with Jon Young
September 18 – 20
Cedar Ridge Conference and Retreat Center
18062 Keasey Rd, Vernonia, OR 97064

Join us as we create a mentoring village; explore bird language, tracking, ancestral skills, and permaculture; and practice the core routines of nature connection. The 8 Shields nature-connection mentoring model uses our inherent curiosity to teach in a manner so well integrated and natural that we often don't recognize learning has even taken place. Developed from teaching practices used by indigenous cultures worldwide, it cultivates inspiration and connection, creating a learning environment that brings out our greatest strengths as humans.

Concurrent programs for children, teens, and adults. This is the first in a series of quarterly weekend workshops, held at Cedar Ridge Retreat in Vernonia, OR.

For more information and to register click here or email 8shieldspdx@gmail.com.


Environmental Identity and the Ecological Self 
Saturday, September 19
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219

Taught by Thomas Doherty, this course guides students toward self‐reflection regarding identity and experience related to place, the natural world, and other species; and motivations for integrating ecological perspectives into academic, professional or advocacy work. Readings, exercises, and lectures help students explore personal visions of sustainability, emotional reactions to environmental issues, history of the environmental movement, intersectionality of environmental identity and other aspects of identity and diversity, and the interrelationships between health and wellbeing and social and environmental justice. For more information and to register click here.

Human Health and the Environment
September 21 - December 12
On-line Course
Portland Community College

Join Dr. Kurt Beil to learn about Human Health and the Environment. This 3-credit Health Studies course teaches students about how to be healthy in our modern world.  We cover the basics of toxin exposure, risk assessment, epidemiology, and prevention, as well as ecological issues such as air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, radiation, etc… and global issues like climate change and environmental sustainability practices. 

This is an online (D2L) Distance Learning course. Audit available. For more information click here and here.


Introduction to Environmental Sociology
September 21 - December 9
Monday & Wednesday
1:00 pm- 2:50 pm
Portland Community College Sylvania - TCB 214

Taught by Dr. Kim Smith, this course examines the relationship between society and the environment, with a focus on how industrialization and our increasing demand for resources has significantly impacted the planet's ability to meet the needs of humanity and other species. Students will explore the structural and cultural causes and consequences of such topics as production, consumption, population, development, pollution, and environmental justice and how to respond to these issues through policies and actions. 

For more information click here.

Webinar:  The Power of Civic Engagement in Sustainability
Tuesday, September 29
12:00 - 1:30 pm (Pacific)

AASHE promotes learning in all forms.  Research shows that opportunities to learn tend to increase with hands-on projects, including with civic engagement. Join Melia Tichenor, Program Manager for Hands on Greater Portland, Stephanie Schooley,
 Executive Director of Campus Compact of the Mountain West, and Kim Smith. Sociology Professor and GPSEN Coordinator, for this webinar, to explore how to enhance learning and increase engagement in your communities.

For more details, check out AASHE Webinars.

GoGreen Portland
Tuesday, October 6
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch St. Portland, OR

The GoGreen Conference, created and organized by B Corporation, Social Enterprises, is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. We believe sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today's global economy and solving our climate woes. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind. Speakers include Oregon governor, Kate Brown and Portland mayor, Charlie Hales.

To find out more, check out the registration page.  Tickets range from $45 - $175 (GPSEN partners can enter our discount code: GPSEN, to receive 30% off tickets).

Coastal Learning Symposium: Making the ocean and forest a natural place for student learning
October 9, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Newport, OR

The 5th annual Coastal Learning Symposium invites pre-K-12 educators, informal educators, higher education and others to come together to share and refine their skills for using the ocean, forest and community as a context for learning across grades and subjects. The Oregon Coast Aquarium partners with the Oregon Coast STEM Hub and Oregon Forest Resources Institute to offer a unique learning experience each year. 

For more information click here

AASHE Conference & Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education
October 26 - 28, 2015
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.

Don't miss out on the pre- and post-conference workshops too, including:

For more information click here.

How To Get A Job In Sustainability
On-line course
Open enrollment
International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Whether you are looking for your first job in the sustainability field or seeking to advance your career, there are several ways to make yourself rise to the top of the résumé pile. In this module, you will learn some of the best practices for professionals looking to begin or advance their career in the sustainability field.

Key takeaways include:
  • How to emphasize your sustainability experience on a résumé
  • How to narrow your job search and hone in on key jobs
  • How to plan and advance your sustainability career
  • Best practices for networking and tips for talking to the right people
For more information click here.

Other Events

See GPSEN/RCE newsletter archives for past events