Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network

Educate ~ Empower ~ Engage

Can you envision a better world?  You can help create it with GPSEN!


Reflect on our name and you will discover our mission: we are a network using sustainability education to create a greater Portland.

We collaborate across sectors and institutions, with educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organizations, and community members to develop and promote formal and non-formal education, training, and public awareness campaigns to help create a sustainable future for the greater Portland region, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County, in Washington.

Explore our website and sign up for our newsletter to learn how to get involved.




As a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) 5 Ps of SD on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), acknowledged by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, GPSEN helps implement the  17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, with a special focus on Goal #4 – Education.

UNESCO’s new Global Action Programme on ESD help guides the way:

  1. Advancing policy by mainstreaming ESD
  2. Transforming learning and training environments through whole-institution approaches
  3. Building capacities of educators and trainers
  4. Empowering and mobilizing youth
  5. Accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level

Be sure to check out our GAP Implementation Recommendations for the U.S., for ideas on how to advance ESD efforts in our region and beyond.