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 collaborative partnerships 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.



The Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good, by giving you the tools and inspiration to reduce your impact on the planet and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future — while engaging the people in your life and having fun in the process.

GPSEN partners are participating again this year and we would love to have you join our team.  If you choose not to join our team, consider creating your own to support individual actions and team-building efforts for your organization, neighborhood, business, family or friends.

While we assume that our partners and allies already engage in many sustainable practices, here is a chance to explore something new to make a difference for you, your community, and the planet! Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for our GPSEN team (no password necessary).
  2. Enter your information in your profile.
  3. Choose a Challenge from the various options provided (you can do more than one, if you wish).
  4. Participate in your action, from 10/14 to 10/28 (it’s OK if you can’t do it everyday).
  5. Check in daily, if possible, to your EcoChallenge dashboard and enter details in the blog section.

Note that you will be entered to win prizes for each check in and blog!

Looking forward to sharing this experience with you.