Welcome to the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)


homePageGardenersGPSEN is a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), acknowledged by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

As a multi-sector collaborative network of educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organizations, and community members, we promote education, training, and public awareness to help create a sustainable future for the greater Portland region, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County in Washington.

Can you envision a better world?  The new 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development can help!5 Ps of SD

We are helping implement Goal #4, on Education, with UNESCO’s new Global Action Programme on ESD:

  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


About Us

GPSEN connects diverse organizations in a collaborative network that multiplies our collective capacity to educate for a more sustainable future. GPSEN envisions a healthy, just, and thriving region where sustainability education is prioritized and integrated across sectors; and where everyone has opportunities to shape a more sustainable future.

We define sustainability to include social, economic, and environmental dimensions that promote healthy, just, and thriving communities where education for sustainable development (ESD) is prioritized and integrated across sectors and where everyone has opportunities to shape a more sustainable future.

Contact Us

Greater Portland Sustainability Network Logo with Trees, Mount Hood, River, and Bridge.


GPSEN Address:

GPSEN c/o Kim Smith

PCC Sylvania SS 201

12000 SW 49th Ave.

Portland, OR 97219