Welcome to the Greater Portland
Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)



Say our name backwards and you will know what GPSEN does: we are a network that uses sustainability education to create a greater Portland.

As a multi-sector collaborative network of educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organizations, and community members, we 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.

Can you envision a better world?  The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development can help!

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 all of the goals, 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 GAP Implementation Recommendations for the U.S., for ideas on how to advance ESD efforts.

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