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.


You’re invited  ~  Sustainability Social & Tour

Wednesday, August 30
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Port of Portland Headquarters
7200 NE Airport Way, Portland

This year’s end-of-summer Sustainability Social is extra-special. Join us at the Port of Portland headquarters and PDX airport for a tour of their inspiring sustainability programs, a networking reception and a celebration of GPSEN’s accomplishments from the year. Learn about unique features and programs of the LEED Platinum-certified building that includes an eco-roof and Living Machine wastewater treatment system. Plus, don’t miss this opportunity to bid farewell to our outgoing ED Kim Smith and welcome our incoming ED Lin Harmon-Walker and new Board Members. Appetizers and beverages from Flying Elephants Delicatessen will be offered. There will also be opportunities to share ideas, announcements, and materials, so feel free to bring your organization’s resources.

More details and directions are available at our Facebook event page. To help plan the tour and order food, please RSVP.




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.