Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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.

Training Opportunities

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.

International Society of Sustainability Professionals

As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners through education, knowledge sharing and research.

Grant Opportunities

Nature in Neighborhoods Restoration and Community Grants
Pre-application deadline is April 21, 2015
Grant workshop- Wednesday, April 1
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland

Want to restore and care for nature in your community? In 2014, Metro awarded $800,000 to 14 organizations for restoration projects. Read more about the projects. If you have a vision for getting rid of weeds, improving water quality, creating fish and wildlife habitat or restoring nature in the Portland metropolitan area, a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grant can help get your idea off the ground.

Fill out a simple application by April 21, 2015 for small habitat restoration grants up to $25,000 and large restoration grants up to $100,000. If you have additional questions, please visit www.oregonmetro.gov/grants or contact Crista Gardner at Crista.Gardner@oregonmetro.gov or Heather Nelson Kent at HeatherNelson.Kent@oregonmetro.gov.

Powering the Future We Want Grant Application deadline is April 30, 2015

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is offering $1 million to fund future capacity development activities in energy for sustainable development is now accepting applications. The Powering the Future We Want- Recognizing Leadership and Innovative Practices in Energy for Sustainable Development Grant is awarded to an individual, institution or partnership based on past and current achievements.

More information about the grant program can be found at:poweringthefuture.un.org

Curriculum Resources

National Environmental Education Week
April 19   25th, 2015

This year, National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) looks at how science can help us better understand the natural world with the theme Surrounded by Science.  EE Week works to celebrate the educators who are making a difference in the world of environmental education and provide them with the tools they need to continue inspiring the next generation of lifelong environmental learners.  Register for EE Week 2015 to receive updates and to take advantage of access to professional development opportunities, advance notice of Greening STEM toolkits and resources, partner deals, and contest eligibility.

New Interactive Education Module on Climate Change Effects

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) has released a new interactive online education module on climate change effects on forests and grasslands. The module, "Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands: What You Need to Know", gives a brief overview of climate change effects on water resources, vegetation growth, wildlife, and disturbances. The CCRC’s first education module, "Climate Change Science and Modeling", provides a basic climate change foundation, and this new module builds on that foundation, examining climate change effects around the country.   Interactive features allow users to control their learning experience, with opportunities to explore outside links, learn relevant facts, and explore examples of effects on different ecosystems.  The main material is followed by an activity specific to the eastern or western United States, and completing the activity will generate a personalized certificate.  The module was designed to be approachable and flexible for busy professionals and others, like the general public, who wish to understand observed and projected climate change effects.  Both modules help the Forest Service continue to make progress on the Climate Change Scorecard by giving all employees access to new education options. The climate change modules are available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc/climate-basics/education.

Climate Wizard

Thanks to the Nature Conservancy, the Climate Wizard provides access to leading climate change information and the ability to visualize impacts that may occur anywhere on Earth.  Check out the details at: http://www.climatewizard.org/

Green Guide for Universities 
The ten universities that comprise the International Alliance of Research Universities released a new publication which addresses key areas of sustainability at universities. The guide provides 23 inspiring real-world examples of environmental, financial, and social successes.

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.

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.

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 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

Call for Papers: International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education

The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is seeking papers for its next issue. Papers can include original research, advocacy articles, articles on teaching practice, resource reviews, and more. Help advance the profession of early childhood environmental education by contributing your research, experience, or point of view. Read more.  

Sustainability: The Journal of Record

Sustainability: The Journal of Record invites you to get to know their publication: a journal that aims to be a major 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.