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 region.

We collaborate across sectors and institutions, with community members, educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, and organizations to develop and promote formal and non-formal education, training, and public awareness campaigns to help create a sustainable future for everyone in our beautiful 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 you can get involved.


Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director and Board Members!

Neeraja Havaligi, GPSEN Executive Director

Amy Dvorak, Sustainability Manager, Lewis & Clark College

Jami Haaning, Corporate Responsibility Manager, ENGIE Insight

Oussama Laraichi, Integrated Resources Planning Analyst Intern, Portland General Electric

Nichole Wenzel, Environmental Studies Graduate, Portland State University

We look forward to our new year together, advancing sustainability education in our region.




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 helps guide 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.