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

Jobs and Internships


Job: Environmental Educator
Application deadline is June 5

There is one permanent full-time position available with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in the Rediscovery Forest program located at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. To access the job announcement click here

Job: Community-Based Learning (CBL) Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Community-Based Learning at Portland Community College is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA member for 2015-2016. We are looking for an individual who is interested in, and will be committed to, a year of service working with faculty, students, and staff at our multi-campus post-secondary institution.

CBL at Portland Community College is an academic program that provides support across all disciplines through assistance with community-based learning (service-learning) course implementation, professional development, and resources. The CBL Outreach and Engagement Specialist will increase the capacity of CBL to promote a campus culture of community engagement that highly encourages students, primarily from underserved, minority, and lower socioeconomic communities, to access opportunities for early field experiences through community-based learning. The full position description can be viewed here

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to vista@oregoncampuscompact.org or apply through the AmeriCorps website. Please visit the ORCC VISTA website for more information about the VISTA Program and available positions. You may direct questions and inquiries to hannah.cherry@pcc.edu or vista@oregoncampuscompact.org.

Internship: Housing Specialist with the Refugee Resettlement Program
Applications due July 1, 2015
Lutheran Community Services NW
Vancouver, WA

This position is responsible for developing housing resources for all newly arrived refugees in the Vancouver area. This position is 15-25 hours per week, unpaid, for 9-12 months. This position will begin in August/September 2015.

If you are interested, please email your cover letter, resume, and application to Mindy Johnston at mjohnston@lcsnw.org.  You can view the full job description, read up on other job opportunities at LCSNW, and find a job application here.

Proposals and Awards


Submit a Proposal to the GoGreen Portland Program
Proposals are due Friday, June 5

Speaker, session and case study proposals are due Friday, June 5. We are looking for unique and creative speakers and sessions that offer concrete tools and actionable lessons for our audience to implement into their own organizations. Case studies should highlight innovative solutions to pervasive challenges from an organizational or industry perspective.

For more information and to apply click here.

AASHE Sustainability Awards
Applications accepted through Thursday, June 11.

Applications for the Tenth Annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Awards are now being accepted. There are three categories:

1) The Campus Sustainability Case Study honors campus projects at AASHE member institutions that promote sustainability in any sector including operations, education, administration and engagement.
2) The Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award seeks to honor students from AASHE member institutions who are advancing the higher education sustainability transformation with focused research of any length.
3) The Student Sustainability Leadership Award honors student teams from AASHE member institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability efforts.

Award winners will receive one complimentary AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo pass, one invitation to a special reception during the 2015 conference, an opportunity to present your winning submission at the 2015 conference and during the 2016 AASHE Award Winners Webinar Series, and featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

Curriculum Resources

New NWEI book: Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions

NW Earth Institute's newest discussion course book is now available!  Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions is a brand new five-session interactive ebook, which integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans. Sessions integrate a systems thinking perspective and address climate denial while also presenting positive examples of changes underway at both the local and global levels. To order a review copy, click here

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.