Resources and Opportunities

Do you have sustainability education resources or funding opportunities that you would like to share with others in the network?  Send them to kdsmith@pcc.edu.

Job Opportunities

 

Environmental Education Association of Oregon (EEAO) Regional Leadership Coordinator

Application deadline: 5:00 PM Friday, October 17th.

Job description: The position will support Environmental Education Association of Oregon (EEAO) byestablishing a regional environmental and conservation education network in the Portland Metropolitan Region. This individual will identify and engage a broad diversity ofconservation education constituents and leaders, establish and track shared regional outcomes, and develop and implement an inclusive, lasting regional conservation education leadership model that represents a diverse cross-sector of individuals and organizations working together to build a healthy, just, and thriving Portland-Metro region. This work will specifically include partnership development with The Intertwine Alliance, The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, and other key regional networks and guide EEAO in strengthening additional regional networks across Oregon.

Compensation: This .5 FTE position includes a salary of $26,000/year for two years.

To Apply: A Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in business, education or not-for-profit management is required. Candidates should submit a resume including education, chronological work history, and volunteer experience as well as a list of four references which must include a former employer/board member and employee. You should also include a cover letter stating your interest and special qualifications for this position no longer than 1 page (single spaced). 

Send via e-mail to EEAO Board Co-Chair Matthew Collins at matthew@tryonfriends.org(only complete electronic applications will be accepted)

 

Training Opportunities

 

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

Check out AASHE's events and webinars.

UO Sustainability Leadership Program

Offering professional development education on sustainability practices, the program is designed to provide participants with the capacity to position themselves or their organizations effectively as leaders in the field, and to anticipate and adapt to future challenges.

 

Grant Opportunities

Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant Opportunity

Letters of interest accepted through Oct. 15, 2014

If you have ideas on how to make nature thrive in your neighborhood, park, school or city, a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant could help make your vision a reality. These grants are funded by the voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure and support efforts to preserve or enhance natural features and habitats that will benefit communities now and for generations to come. While the grants fund only capital investments, a wide variety of projects can fit the bill such as property acquisition, integrating habitat in urban redevelopment projects, restoring a degraded stream, or helping your neighborhood become a place for people to interact with nature.

Full applications are accepted only upon invitation and will be due January 2015. Metro Council will award funding in spring 2015.  To learn more about the capital grants, get a copy of the handbook or see all the Nature in Neighborhood Capital Grants that have been funded to date, go Oregon Metro.

 

 

UNEP’s Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge

Students are invited to compete for thousands of dollars of prizes as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launches the Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge. The Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge aims to spread food waste self-awareness in more schools, with the overall objective of empowering the next generation to think differently and take action to overcome the daunting and growing problem of food waste.

There are many examples of innovative and practical solutions already being used in education institutions around the world. By undertaking one of the following activities, students or their schools can win up to $5,000 that can be used to further implement their winning idea:

  • Investigate how much food the school wastes every year and learn about the main causes of
  • Take action to eliminate or reduce food waste in the school
  • Raise awareness in the school and/or community on the issue of food waste and why it should be eliminated

Entries must be submitted between 17 September and 16 November 2014. For all terms and conditions, please visit: http://www.thinkeatsave.org/studentchallenge/

 

Curriculum Resources

 

International Sustainability Literacy Test Available for Piloting Now through September 2014

The  International Sustainability Literacy Test is a free, on-line multiple choice question assessment, with customized versions for different countries and regions of the world. It attempts to assess a student’s basic level of knowledge about sustainability - including social and environmental responsibility - and can be administered in any college-level course, undergraduate or graduate. It is designed to provide the first world-wide picture of the sustainability knowledge of our students.  More than 150 academics, NGOs, corporations, and volunteers from 25 countries participated in the development and early testing phase of the tool, and the current target is to have 100,000 students take the test.  Colleagues at Kedge Business School in France are leading the effort, working with many other countries to develop the test instrument and process.

The piloting phase is occurring through September.  Please consider participating by signing up and administering the test during the next few weeks.  For questions, contact the U.S. National & Regional Committee at  USA@sustainabilitytest.org or the General Secretariat for the test at contact@sustainabilitytest.org.  And visit the website today!  http://www.sustainabilitytest.org/

 

Students hiking in the forest

Credit: Oregon Environmental
Literacy Plan

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan Toward a Sustainable Future (No Oregon Child Left Inside):

As a measure of commitment towards protecting our heritage for years to come, the State of Oregon passed legislation to create this environmental literacy plan (HB2544), designed to ensure that every student in Oregon becomes a lifelong steward of their environment and community, willing and able to exercise the rights and responsibilities of environmental citizenship, choosing to interact frequently with the outdoor environment, equipped with multifaceted knowledge of our relationship to the environment and its resources, and prepared to address challenges with sound decisions for our future.

United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise:

There are currently 127 acknowledged RCEs worldwide. An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations, mobilized to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities.

Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan Released!

The Multnomah County Health Department released the Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan. The plan identifies three key local public health impacts the region is likely to face: increased heat, poorer air quality, and changes to vector borne diseases. The plan also identifies strategies the County, its regional partners, and individuals can take to build local resilience to changes in our climate.

UNU-IAS Policy Report:  Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health

 

The United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) shared this report on Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages with the global RCE network.  Given the recent attention on universal and improved health care access for all, there is a renewed interest to strengthen the potential of traditional medicine and health practitioners to fulfill this role. There are several initiatives at the macro and local levels that exemplify good practice in achieving both sustainable use of natural resources for traditional medical purposes, as well as accessibility for marginal and local communities. Ensuring sustained availability of biological resources and sufficient access to good quality health care for all members of society is a clear and necessary objective.

Northwest Earth Institute

NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course. - See more at: http://www.nwei.org/discussion-courses-2/choices-for-sustainable-living/#sthash.D6ffKoGA.dpuf
NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course. - See more at: http://www.nwei.org/discussion-courses-2/choices-for-sustainable-living/#sthash.D6ffKoGA.dpuf
NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course. - See more at: http://www.nwei.org/discussion-courses-2/choices-for-sustainable-living/#sthash.D6ffKoGA.dpuf

NWEI's discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course.

 

Publishing and Media Opportunities

 

Sustainability: The Journal of Record


Sustainability: The Journal of Recordinvites you to get to know their publication: a journal that aims to be amajor voice in the sustainability community.This bi-monthly publication documents sustainability programs in higher education and business; it provides the central forum for academia as well as for-profit and nonprofit institutions to share best practices and learn from one another's progress.



NEWS FLASH: CLEARING is looking for passionate, enthusiastic environmental educators!


CLEARING Magazine is an important resource for K-12 and non-formal educators in the Pacific Northwest that has been around for nearly 30 years.  But did you know that behind the website and behind the printed magazine is a small group of dedicated people who care deeply about environmental literacy education and who want to help teachers discover new ideas and resources for teaching in and about their communities?

We are currently looking for additional volunteers to join our team!


For more information, please contact Larry Beutler, Editor/Publisher at  editor@clearingmagazine.org. See the website at www.clearingmagazine.org