Sustainability Social

We had planned to host our Sustainability Social this July, but it was a challenge to find a date that worked for our different partners. So, keep an eye out for this event, especially given the creation of our own Taste of Sustainability ice cream!


Inspiring Equity and Justice in Sustainability Education

Friday, May 13, 2016
8:45 am – 2:00 pm
Portland Community College: Cascade Campus, Student Union Room 203

The PCC SPARC Council invites you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability methods and practices by participating in our 4th annual faculty training workshop. This workshop is based on AASHE’s (The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Ponderosa/Piedmont Projects, a model that draws from a cross-disciplinary approach in curricular change. We invite faculty from all disciplines and perspectives across the greater Portland to attend.

Are you thinking about incorporating sustainability content into an existing course, or developing a new sustainability-focused course?

The workshop will explore how faculty can meaningfully integrate issues of equity and justice (social, environmental, economic) within a sustainability context into our classrooms. Guest speakers will engage participants in facilitated small group discussions following presentations. Guest Speakers are:

* Laura Kutner, Founder of Trash for Peace
* Mark George, Sociology Professor @ PCC Cascade
* Amelia Pape, Social Entrepreneur & Food Access Manager for My Street Grocery
* Kevin Thomas, Cultural Sustainability Manager @ PSU Student Sustainability Center

Participants will receive morning refreshments, lunch, and workshop materials; also a stipend is available for PCC’s part-time faculty. SPARC will also provide follow up curriculum development support to any participant.

TO REGISTER: If you’d like to attend, please submit your name, department, and a one paragraph description of your ideas for incorporating sustainability in a current or new course (with course title) to: Heidi Sickert, SPARC Chair (Sustainability Practices for Academics and Resources Council):


Sustainability Leadership Train the Trainer Workshop: Hope and Resiliency

Monday, May 2
10 am to 3:30 pm
PSU’s Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson St. Portland

FREE event | Open to all | Breakfast and lunch included

10:00 – 10:30 Light breakfast and check in
10:30 – 12:30 Session I
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Session II
3:00 – 3:30 Final questions/ wrap up

Session I.
Using a motto of “educate, empower, engage”, this session will explore core foundations of social problems, obstacles to civic engagement, and how we can overcome them, by reflecting on thought traps, creating cycles of hope, and identifying ways to participate in sustainable solutions.
Presenter: Kim Smith, GPSEN Coordinator and PCC Sociology Instructor

Session II.
We will explore definitions of “sustainability,” as well as how this concept relates to human beings from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, income levels, religions, and perspectives. By focusing on hands-on activities that can be implemented at home, participants will leave with tools to take action and teach others unique ways to be sustainability leaders and changemakers.
Presenter: Laura Kutner, Director Trash for Peace

You may attend both sessions or just one. Space is limited. Please RSVP here to reserve your spot.

Sponsored by PSU’s Sustainability Leaders Network and The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)


Movie Screening: Cowspiracy

Thursday, April 21

PCC Sylvania Cafeteria Tree Rooms

12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219

“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.  Watch the film and join in a lively discussion with faculty and community leaders.


Transforming our World through Higher Education and Agenda 2030

Tuesday, April 19

PCC Sylvania TCB 211

12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219

Agenda 2030 is an aspirational plan by the United Nations to support people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnerships. Can we transform our world by 2030?  What role can higher education play? Dr. Kim Smith, PCC Sociology Instructor and Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) Coordinator, will introduce the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals and guide a discussion on potential strategies.. Co-sponsored by GPSEN and Portland Community College, this event builds on efforts to create a network across our region to support educational solutions to our sustainability challenges.


Climate Change Challenge Badge

The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) supports the achievement of the SDGs through activities such as the UN Challenge Badges and by encouraging young people to be active citizens in their communities. The climate change challenge badge is now available! Read more

Grant: Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE)

15th of the month (application deadline)

The Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Program provides grants of up to $1,500 to support conservation projects, conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation in the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and Native American tribes. The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE Program funding include on-the-ground restoration or conservation projects, pollution prevention projects, education of youth and/or adults, and community events focused on improving the public’s understanding of natural resource conservation.

For more information click here.


E-Course: Stakeholder Engagement Strategies

Feb 9, 16 & 23


This course is designed to provide the sustainability professional, at any level, insights into how to mainstream stakeholder support, identify new relationships and reduce conflict and risk. Explore and understand more effectively how to develop a well-rounded approach to stakeholder engagement by successfully integrating corporate social responsibility into your sustainability programs. Three experts – Kathryn Cooper, Wendy Firlotte, and Robb Dods – will cover stakeholder engagement from the Community, Employee, and Sustainable Procurement points of views. You will benefit greatly from the range of effective strategies to help you involve wider stakeholder support.

Early-bird discount ends on February 2nd. For more information click here.