Archive | Classes, Workshops, and Conferences

Conference: Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest 

Wednesday & Thursday, November 15 – 16
Portland State University – University Place Conference Center

From adverse childhood experiences to job and financial struggles, racial and other forms of inequity and injustice, trauma and toxic stress are at epidemic levels today. Climate change will aggravate all of these adversities, and add many new ones. Numerous programs exist throughout the Pacific Northwest to address traumatic stress. Washington and Oregon are also leaders in cutting climate-damaging greenhouse gasses. This conference will show how by breaking down silos and linking these issues, a powerful human resilience building movement can be launched that prevents harmful individual and group reactions to climate impacts while advancing social equity and reducing emissions.

For more information click here.


Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity

Thursday, November 2
1:00 – 5:15 pm (seminar)
7:00 – 9:15 pm (lecture)
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave., Portland

Join Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for education, reflection, & a call to action! What is climate justice and why is it a civil rights issue? Explore the ties between ecological justice and social justice. Learn about innovative, practical ways to protect people, places, and the common good through individual, legislative and congregational actions. Join in building spiritual resilience to meet the challenge of caring for our beloved Earth home.

Seminar/Lecture, includes dinner: $50 General, $25 Student.
Evening Lecture Only: $25 General, $15 Student with ID.

For more information and to register click here.


Webinar: Online Nonprofit Conference

Monday, October 30
10:00 am – 11:00 am
11:45 am – 12:45 pm

The Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national organization that supports, trains, and promotes nonprofit professionals and leaders in the field. We approach all of our workshops, webinars, and trainings with an understanding that nonprofit professionals have a base of knowledge and are seeking out additional information and guidance to more effectively operate in their roles. We provide trainings that offer practical strategies to help nonprofits be more effective in their overall management.

Attendees can attend only one session in each of the two workshop time slots, but all 6 sessions will be recorded. Attendees will receive recordings and materials from all the sessions taking place during the online institute. 6.0 CFRE continuing education units provided. Registration: individual $40. Groups of 3-12 people, $100. Get $10 off registration by using the discount code: happy10 

For more information click here.


Class: Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP)

October 20 – April 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Earth Advantage Classroom
Portland, OR

Join this interactive six-month accreditation program and learn cutting-edge high performance building best practices from our expert instructors, Stephen Aiguier (Portland) & Bruce Sullivan (Bend), as they guide participants through their own green projects and shares practical insights on the following:

  • Green Building Intro & Integrated Design (October 20 & 21)
  • Building Science Fundamentals (December 1 & 2
  • High Performance Building Envelopes (January 5 & 6)
  • Mechanical Systems and Performance Testing (February 2 & 3)
  • Health, Materials, and Water (March 2 & 3)
  • Final Presentations and Certification Exam (April 6 & 7)

For more information, click here.


E-Course: Environmental Justice

Monday, October 16 (5 weeks)

This class is a MOOC (a free online course) presented by the University of East Anglia and Future Learn. This course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems, and that sustainable environmental management requires attention to justice. You’ll learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group – an interdisciplinary mix of scholars interested in social justice and environmental change. You’ll also hear from activists around the world, and you’ll share your own experiences with other learners from many different backgrounds. This course is designed for people who are already working on environmental problems or are familiar with environmental issues.

For more information, click here.


Understanding Islam to Enrich Civic Education & Diversity in Schools 

Saturday, October 14
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Muslim Educational Trust – Al-Andalusia Hall, 2nd Floor
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard

World Affairs Council of Oregon and the Muslim Education Trust are excited to offer this first Teach the World Workshop #1: Understanding Islam to Enrich Civic Education and Diversity in Schools

Session topics include:
·         Overview of the fundamental beliefs of Islam
·         Brief history of Muslims in the United States and Oregon
·         Addressing stereotypes of Islam
·         Background on the meaning of IslamophobiaSession topics include:

  • Overview of the fundamental beliefs of Islam
  • Brief history of Muslims in the United States and Oregon
  • Addressing stereotypes of Islam
  • Background on the meaning of Islamophobia

Registration: $35, includes breakfast. Professional Development Units Offered: 3

For more information, click here.


Preparing for the Winter Garden: Soil Health Workshop for School & Community Gardens

Saturday, October 14
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
CREST Center
11265 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville

  • Learn what to do now to ensure healthy soil for the spring
  • Hands-on activity demonstrations
  • Volunteers in the garden – how to grow and keep them!
  • FREE Professional Development Units certificate
  • FREE Next Generation Science Standards aligned curriculum resources
  • FREE Building Better Soils – a great book for getting stared on soil health
  • Enjoy free lunch, coffee break, and snacks with other garden educators

The workshop is free, but space is limited and preference will be given to Clackamas County educators. Secure your spot by email at: or phone at: 503-210-6012.

For more information about the workshop, click here.


Intro to Permaculture at GeerCrest Farm

Saturday & Sunday, October 14 – 15
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
GeerCrest Farm
12390 Sunnyview Rd NE, Salem

Join us for two days of exploration into Permaculture at the beautiful homestead classroom of GeerCrest Farm and Historical Society. Topics for the course include: intensive and resilient home gardening, composting, social permaculture, working with natural systems, and integrated design among many other topics. This course is relevant for home-dwellers, land-owners, and sustainability consultants and those interested in: sustenance security, gardening, farming, academia, professional design, entrepreneurship, and community activism.

This is a weekend-residential course which includes lodging and food. If you’re wanting to commute with/without meals, kindly get in touch! Course is $150. Work trade options are available.

For more information click here. Or check out their Facebook event page.


Culture Box Workshop

Friday, October 13
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oregon Historical Society – Hatfield Room (3rd Floor)
1200 SW Park Ave, Portland

Invite the world to your classroom with Culture Boxes! The Global & Multicultural Resource Center (GMRC) is the heart of World Affairs Council of Oregon’s K-12 Global Classroom Youth and Education Program, housing an extensive 30-year collection of Culture Boxes on over 100 countries of the world. These boxes are filled with hands-on, authentic treasures and lessons about the art, culture, and daily life of people from every continent. Dig in and explore these treasures with teachers who have had extensive experience with them.

Registration Fee: $35, includes breakfast. (3) professional development units offered. Please register early, as space is limited. Email Karen Ettinger for information.