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

 

Confluence Americorps 5th Annual Request for Proposal
RFP begins January 29, 2015

Do you have a compelling environmental project idea? Does your project embrace equity and social justice? Would an eleven-month AmeriCorps Member help you advance your project?  If yes, mark your calendar!
*January 29 – RFP will begin and we invite you to apply! NEW applicants welcome to attend one of the following information sessions:
*February 5 – Info Session 1 from 2:30 - 4:30pm at  TaborSpace
*February 12 – Info Session 2 from 2:30 - 4:30pm at TaborSpace
*March 19 Proposals due
 
For more information, contact Lara Jones at 
ljones@confluencecenter.org or visit www.confluencecenter.org under “AmeriCorps Program”.

 

Training Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows
Applications are due January 20, 2015

Applications for the Department’s 2015-16 Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows are now available. Green schools educators and administrators are invited to apply.  Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows spend one year learning about key federal programs and policies, sharing their expertise with federal staff members, and providing background on federal initiatives to other educators. Positions are paid and available on a full and part-time basis for one year. Applications must be received by January 20.


Environmental Education Association of Oregon
More jobs, internships, grants, and resources are available at EEAO's website.

 

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

Funding: Nature in Neighborhood Conservation Education Grants
Applications are due January 13, 2015

Do you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow.
 
Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children, job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas. Please fill out a simple pre-application by Jan. 13, 2015 at www.oregonmetro.gov/grants.
 
Want to see examples of successful applicants? Want to be inspired? We’ve featured a few of our fantastic 2014 Nature in Neighborhoods Conservation Education grantees in these short films here: Nadaka Nature Park and Centro Cultural.  For examples of successful applications, we’ve posted a few of our favorites here: Oakquest, Slough School, and Siskiyou Field Lab.


Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant
Applications are due February 9, 2015  

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has posted a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants at www.grants.gov. Public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities, and for-profit developers are eligible to apply. Applications must present a plan to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. 

Find the full application package at www.grants.gov. Click on Search Grants. The CFDA number is 14.889. For additional information.


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.dpu
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