Welcome to the Greater Portland
Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)


Can you envision a better world? GPSEN can help!

Say our name backwards and you will know our mission: we are a regional network using sustainability education to create a greater Portland.

We encourage collaboration among educators, 5 Ps of SDstudents, non-profits, political and industry leaders, civic organizations, and community members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County, in Washington, to help create a sustainable future through formal, non-formal, and informal education, training, and public awareness campaigns.

As a UNU-IAS Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), GPSEN helps implement Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the GAP Implementation Recommendations for the U.S., for ideas on how to advance ESD efforts.

To learn more about our work, explore our website and sign up for our newsletter.

Sustainability Social

Thursday, September 29

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
One North Courtyard
3510 N. Vancouver, Portland, OR

You are invited to our end-of-summer party to celebrate sustainability, kick off the new school year, and highlight our community partners, including the CENTER and their coalition of community organizations in North Portland and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Enjoy live music, speakers, refreshments, ice cream, tabling, and connecting with good people!

The party will be hosted at One North. Named 2016 Sustainable Project of the Year (Portland Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards), One North’s sustainable features include low-carbon materials, a rooftop photovoltaic array, and a 50% reduction of energy usage through high-performance building principles. One of the designers will be sharing insights on the building and courtyard. The programs in this complex supports community building and a strong ethic of inclusion and the native plants and landscaping in the Courtyard are really impressive.

whats-the-scoop-logoThe Sustainability Social is also a fundraiser for our GPSEN Youth Network. Led by a dynamic group of high school students, we invite you to experience the “Taste of Sustainability.” Developed in collaboration with “What’s the Scoop?” ice cream shop, you will get to be the first to try this new flavor: basil-mint ice cream, with blueberry swirls, marshmallow clouds, flecks of hazelnut brittle and dark chocolate. We still have a few pints of “Taste of Sustainability” available, so visit our website: www.gpsen.org to support this creative effort.

Ice cream pick-up: Thursday 9/29 – Friday 10/7 (at What’s the Scoop, 3540 N. Williams Ave.)

Funds benefit our GPSEN Youth Network. GPSEN is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. For questions, please email: contact@gpsen.org.

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