UN Human Rights Day: Education as a Human Right

Thursday, December 10
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
PCC Cascade, Student Union, 2nd Floor
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, we are focusing on education as a human right, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

A panel of experts will discuss this topic, with special focus given to the accessibility and affordability of education in Portland and around the world. Presenters include Dr. General Johnson, PCC Faculty in Health Education and Leadership Development, Koffi Dessou, with the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights and TOGO Core, Alisha Zhao, founder of the Kids First Project, Deidre Schuetz, founder of Lanyi Fan, and Nikki Gillis, Officer of Equity, Access, and Inclusion at Mt. Hood Community College. Opportunities for discussion of this important issue will follow the presentations.

This is a free event, with tabling and light refreshments.

This event is co-sponsored by GPSEN, Kids First Project, Know Agenda Foundation, Lanyi Fan, Portland Community College, Portland Community College Cascade Black Student Union, Portland Human Rights Commission, TOGO CORE, Trash for Peace, and the United Nations Association of Portland. For an inspiring video click here.


GPSEN Partner Meeting & Party

Thursday, December 17
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI)
107 SE Washington Street, Portland, OR 97214

Our end-of-the-year Partner Meeting will also be a party. There is so much to celebrate!  In addition to exploring the outcomes of the COP21 Climate Summit, we will highlight our new partner program and celebrate the successes of the Northwest Earth Institute.  Not only was the EcoChallenge a big success, but we also get to send Mike Mercer off in style and welcome the new NWEI Executive Director, David Macek.

As always, there will also be opportunities to share ideas, announcements, and materials, so feel free to bring items to share. Don’t miss out on this valuable time to discuss, network, and share in good cheer.


2015 RCE Conference of the Americas

2015 RCE Conference of the Americas Logo and events times in Grand Rapids Greater Portland Sustainability Network

August 9-12 2015

Grand Rapids, Michigan

GPSEN is recognized as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University and is part of a network of 136 RCEs around the world to help support a more sustainable future. Organized into continental groups, we are joining the RCEs of the North, Central, and South America this summer to share best practices and coordinate efforts. You are invited!

The conference will provide a global platform that elevates the conversation around education for sustainable development with a focus on the impact of water resources. We welcome leaders from countries throughout the Americas and also the world, who are influential thinkers, researchers, authors, academics, and educators. We hope you will join us.

To learn more and to register, please check out the conference website.


July 2015 Sustainability News

Happy July!

Portland Oregon Composting Bin

June was a busy month for GPSEN and our partners, with the launch of our Think Tank, the success of Lewis & Clark’s Ecopsychology Symposium, and encouraging news from GPSEN’s project management report. We will continue forward with these efforts this summer as we formalize our GPSEN partnership model and development projects and will keep everyone posted.

In other big news, as the weather heats up, it is encouraging that the City of Portland has approved its new Climate Action Plan. We are also proud of Mayor Hales for being chosen to meet with Pope Francis, at the Vatican, regarding the new encyclical on climate change. It was an honor to provide recommendations on our regional sustainability work and Global Action Programme efforts to prepare Mayor Hales for his visit with the Pope.M

Would you like to join in the fun? The annual RCE Conference of the Americas will be hosted in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this year, from August 9-12. All GPSEN (aka RCE Greater Portland) partners are invited to attend. See more details below.