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.

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.

Training Opportunities

 

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

Check out AASHE's and their partners 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

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Science and Energy Education Grants:
Projects focused on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, environmental studies, engineering and technology studies and activities and others are invited to apply. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric utility issues.

Publishing and Media Opportunities

 

Media Institute for Social Change Seeks Stories for Summer Documentary Program 2014

Begins June 27
Portland, Oregon

Although we may prefer to deny it, our communities, small and large, face challenges, small and large. We've got "big picture" problems--social, environmental, political--but ordinary people are working at a grassroots level to address them. At the Media Institute, we like to see local solutions to global problems.

The Summer Documentary Program 2014 helps students learn from excerpts and experts, from pros and from each other. Then, they will hit the streets of Portland to produce short-form radio and video documentaries. Previous student documentary topics have included--among others--backyard chicken coops, employment programs for people with disabilities and for at-risk youth, affordable housing programs, and environmental policies.

We've got some ideas of our own, but we'd like to hear from you, too. Wherever you live, work, study, or play--Portland or elsewhere--is there a person, a project, or a program that we should know about?

Think sustainability, think activism, think social justice. Has a local school installed a wind turbine or served locally-grown vegetables for lunch? Have neighbors come together to establish a community compost program? How are local activists getting the change they need from city council? Has a new program emerged to support Iraq veterans or the homeless? Is a coffee shop promising its employees a living wage?

If you've seen local solutions to global problems, we want to hear about them--and our students might even report about them!  
If you've got a lead, please take a second to click here to let us know!


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