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.


World Environment Day Global Goals Fair

Saturday, June 3

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel
3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97214

For this year’s World Environment Day, we will have 17 booths, one for each of the Sustainable Development Goals, to highlight how organizations in the greater Portland region are doing great work to address important social, economic, and environmental issues. Come learn how your neighbors are making a difference on the local and global scale

Featuring a local food cart, beer from Hopworks, and live music, plus a chance to win one of several nature based travel prizes, don’t miss out on this signature event.  Hosted by Hosteling International Portland, UNA Portland, and GPSEN, the event is free and open to all!



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.