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.

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GPSEN Board Members at 2017 Climate Talks

Board members Briar Schoon and Frank Granshaw recently returned from Bonn, Germany, where each of them participated in a different week of the civil society events taking place during COP 23 (the 23rd Meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Frank and his wife Annette were in Bonn to participate in the civil society gathering in its first week.  Their trip followed a visit to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to talk about GPSEN’s work. UNESCO is the UN Organization in charge of global education for sustainable development, and oversees the work of the United Nations University in coordinating the Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development of which GPSEN is a part (more information below).

Briar was sent to Bonn by Second Nature, which in partnership with the US Green Building Council awarded Portland Community College its highest honor this year, the Climate Leadership Award. Briar is the Sustainability Manager for PCC and has overseen exciting initiatives to combat climate change.

We are glad that two of our organization’s leaders were able to represent GPSEN at this global forum at a crucial time in world efforts to combat climate change, and we look forward to hearing the insights they have gained.

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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.