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Equity Stories Project, PCC, Feb, 2014

Equity Stories Project, PCC, February, 2014

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GPSEN Events

Walk + Bike Challenge

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

The Oregon Walk + Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. The Challenge is hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, our sponsors (Grouptrail and Chipotle), and other partners.

Register here.

STEM Week Oregon
May 2-10, 2015

STEM Week Oregon is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage young people in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Check the new STEM Oregon website to promote statewide and regional hub activities and STEMWeek toolkit for educators & partners, and register your organization's STEM Week activities and events and WIN PRIZES: The Portland Metro hub is raffling 2 Fitbits among those who register their events and the state is raffling 2 tablets! 

Outdoor School for All
Wednesday, May 6
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Mazamas Mountaineering Center
527 SE 43rd, Portland, OR 97215

Join us for a discussion and organizing meeting about the impact and opportunities of Outdoor Education in Oregon! Topics will include: stories about how outdoor education changes lives, impacting physical and mental health, test scores, behavior, and civic leadership skills; Outdoor School Legislation, and strengthening the network of advocates for outdoor education in Oregon.

Light snacks and drinks are provided. RSVP to jillian@oregonoutdoored.org

Ecotrust Presents: Opening the Black Box
Thursday, May 14 
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
721 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, OR

Rebuilding our food infrastructure to serve regional farmers and eaters. Everything we eat moves through an elaborate, multifaceted process that is little understood — we call it the food system. It appears removed from our daily lives, yet it impacts our environment, families, communities, and economies.

At the final event in this series, we dive into the unknown and unveil the results of a one-year study Ecotrust has undertaken to understand our region’s food infrastructure and identify obstacles to creating a robust regional food system. We will then invite experts to discuss how entrepreneurs are working to create new markets and how funders are approaching strategic investments with the whole system in mind. How can we leverage our collective skills and expertise to create systemic solutions that better serve all regional eaters?

Cost $15. Purchase tickets and register here.

Endangered Species Day
May 15, 2015
Take time to reflect on, learn about, and support endangered species.  Zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, conservation groups, national parks, museums, and schools throughout the country will hold tours, open houses, special presentations, exhibits, milkweed plantings and butterfly garden installations, habitat clean-ups and other restoration events, children’s activities and more on May 15, that weekend, and throughout May.

Participate in a local event or take action individually.  To find out about events or to register an event, click here

Community Energy Project Spring Social
Wednesday, May 20
Base Camp Brewing Company
930 Southeast Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214

Change is afoot at CEP: new office, new staff, new programs!  Come join us for delicious food and drinks as well as opportunities to mingle with community members, and learn more about CEP, the beneficiary for the evening.  We will also be honoring outstanding volunteers who help make CEP a truly community focused organization. 

$25 Early Bird (ends April 30), $30 General Admission
Your ticket includes a free drink and appetizers. Please show your support by purchasing a ticket today.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance's 25th Anniversary
Thursday, May 28
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Portland Art Museum

2015 marks the 25th anniversary for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). From humble beginnings grew a passionate organization dedicated to fostering healthy, sustainable communities. You, along with thousands of BTA members throughout the last 25 years, have built an organization poised to take on the challenges of the next 25 years.

We want to celebrate, and kick off the next 25 years with you.  Please join us for 25th Anniversary Celebration. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Workshops and Conferences

Dig Into Spring: Free Gardening Workshops

Brought to you by the Easy Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.  See full schedule and register online. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Information: 503- 222-7645.

Green Dot Project
Monday, May 11
Portland State University, Room 123
1600 SW 4th Av, Portland
Tuesday, May 12
2100 NW 19th Av, Suite A, Portland

Jeff Goebel is back for two more Green Dot Project events related to our climate change solution initiative. The Green Dot Project facilitates a substantiated community consensus building  process which increases human capacity to implement, measure, innovate and adopt methods to put carbon in the ground. We provide local communities with education, capacity building, problem-solving, and organizational strategies for planning and carrying out action strategies. The consensus-driven action plans are created by community members, including elders, youth, nonprofits, for-profits, and governmental agencies. In the consensus building process, fears are expressed and addressed, transformational beliefs and behaviors are identified and cultivated, a mechanism for action is firmly established, and action plans are developed.

While the prognosis for a stable climate appears bleak, we can and must rapidly sequester significant amounts of carbon to offset the dangerous amounts of carbon in the atmosphere. Massive carbon sequestration can be accomplished through increased, community-supported photosynthesis and food production.  On Monday, May 11, Jeff will give a presentation about the Green Dot Project climate change solution initiative.  On Tuesday, May 12, we will hold a community meeting for people interested in strategizing and participating in the Green Dot Project. 

CLF Webinars: Equity Atlas Development Toolkit
Equity Atlas Basics
Tuesday, May 12
11:00am-12:00pm PST
Building an Equity Atlas
Wednesday, May 27
11:00-12:00pm PST

The Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF) recently released the Equity Atlas Development Toolkit to support communities across the country in developing their own equity atlases.  CLF's launching of the nation's first Equity Atlas in 2007 inspired several other regions to undertake similar projects, and many others have expressed interest in creating their own equity atlases to support research, coalition-building, and policy change. The toolkit provides users with an overview of the atlas development process, walks them through each of the major steps, and provides useful sample materials and resource links.

To learn more about the Equity Atlas Toolkit and how to create an equity atlas for your region, please join us for our webinars.  Register Online

Compass Education Webinar: Whole school strategies and approaches to ESD
Thursday, May 21

3.00 - 4.00 PM (UTC+8)

RCE Penang is delighted to invite you to this webinar by Robert Steele (Sustainability, Thailand), based on the current work being done with schools in Asia through Compass Education to embed sustainability education into all aspects of school mission and culture. 

To join the webinar, please click on the link on May 21.

Village Building Convergence 2015
May 29 - June 7

Ten-day urban permaculture extravaganza!  Participate at sites around the city to create natural building, permaculture, and public art projects, including benches, community kiosks, gardens, street paintings, tile mosaics, and more! Neighbors have been collaboratively designing these projects for months. People come from near and far to learn skills and help bring these designs to life, while celebrating creativity and diversity! This part of the event is free.
Gather at a central venue for a night of wholesome food, presentations by leaders in the forefront of positive change, and exhilarating musical performances from local bands and DJ's. Prices here are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with added pricing options for food. Work trade is available most nights to make the event widely accessible.

To learn about sites, locations, speakers, and events and buy tickets, check out our website.IslandWood Multicultural Environmental Education Conference: Educating for Resilient Communities
Saturday, May 30
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Seattle, WA

The environmental movement is full of passionate, dedicated individuals and organizations who are motivated to make change in society by changing our mentality to be more aware of our impact on the earth. Our conference seeks to take our passion and dedication and delve into further understanding the role educators can take to support communities from within. Join us for this conference to unify the efforts of Environmental Education leaders and provide strategies for supporting healthy, resilient communities. Conference attendees will gain useful, practical tools that are relevant and applicable to their role in their communities. We will be empowered to use the knowledge we acquire at the conference, and the connections we make with other educators, to take action towards improving the health and resilience of our communities.

Registration is free, but donations are accepted.  More details here.  

Oregon Ecopsychology Symposium: Expression, Scholarship and Engagement
Friday, June 5, 2015
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road. Portland, OR 97219

Beyond simply applying psychology to help solve environmental problems, ecopsychology reenvisions the idea of psychology itself to better reflect humankind’s interdependence and interbeing with the rest of nature and to directly address issues of social and environmental justice.

This daylong symposium will bring together several Oregon scholars and practitioners to explore ecopsychology and kindred endeavors from the perspectives of creativity and self-expression, teaching and research, and socially engaged therapeutic practices. Featuring expert speakers, refreshments, a networking lunch, and large group dialogue, attendees will have an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear a number of local experts speak to the “ecopsychological” in their work though a series of brief individual talks.

Registration fees: $125, includes 6.5 CEUs or PDUs, $50 students. Lunch is included.  For information and to register, click here

Inaugural Love Summit at Wieden+Kennedy  Saturday, June 13
Wieden+Kennedy Advertising Agency
224 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, disrupted the payment inequality discussion worldwide by compassionately raising the minimum salary for each of his 120 employees to $70k and cutting his $1M salary down to $70k. Since then, he has been featured on the TODAY Show, Larry King Now, CNN, NBC, NY Times and more. He will speak at the inaugural Love Summit—along with more of our world’s foremost business, government and thought leaders—about why compassionate business practices are the key to creating a more sustainable, just and peaceful world.

Heart-brain connection science paired with the real-time experience of distinguished business experts will demonstrate how companies and consumers can follow both mind and heart to achieve positive relationships with each other and the planet. Love Summit speakers will show how using love as the basis for all personal, business and government decisions can create greater social, environmental and economic security for all.

General admission: $495. Tickets are HALF OFF for small businesses, nonprofits and students. To learn more and register, please visit the conference organizer's website: www.dreamchange.org

Portland Summer Sustainability Institute (SSI) 
June 18-19, 2015
Portland, Oregon

The 2015 Summer Sustainability Institute, entitled "Supporting Sustainability, High Density and Livable Design," is hosted by Portland Community College with generous support from the National Science Foundation. This year's SSI will: 1) Build awareness of the triple-bottom-line (TBL) impacts of the built environment; 2) Investigate the options for balancing land use needs for housing with needs for agriculture, landscapes and greenscapes, and natural resources; 3) Host a Design Charrette in which participants will design and envision places that support "conscious living"; and 4) Share examples of sustainability curriculum revisions from past SSI participants. For a list of Potential Speakers and a Draft Schedule, go to our SSI Webpage.  

Applications are accepted on a first come, first-served basis for 30 available slots. You must be a middle/high school or college instructor in WA, OR, ID or Northern CA to be considered for participation in the SSI. No prerequisites are required and CEUs/PDUs (professional development units) will be offered. Participants attend the Institute at no cost and receive all course materials, a $200 stipend and meals. Travel costs are not included, but hotel lodging will be reserved and covered for out-of-town guests for the nights of Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18.

To apply, go to our website to complete our online application.  For more information, contact Heidi Sickert, Project Director, heidi.sickert@pcc. edu971.722.4465 or Denise Roy, Project Co-PI, droy@pcc.edu971.722. 4166.

Camp Snowball:  Education for Sustainability
July 13 – 17, 2015
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.

Other Events

See GPSEN/RCE newsletter archives for past events