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GPSEN Think Tank

Thursday, November 9
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Community Energy Project
2900 SE Stark St – Suite #A, Portland

Join the GPSEN Think Tank members in a discussion of current sustainability issues. The Think Tank provides a forum for innovative discussions, allowing researchers, visionaries, and all who are interested in asking deeper cultural and policy questions to talk about how to use concepts and theories to help create a more sustainable future. Everyone’s ideas are welcome!


EcoChallenge 2017

October 11 – 25

GPSEN is fielding a team in the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) EcoChallenge this October and we invite everyone to participate. The Challenge is a fun and easy way to make a difference for our community and the planet! From waste and food to community and nature, there are 100s of ways to engage. Great for team-building and motivating ourselves to take on one-time or daily actions, this event is a highlight of the year. Are you up for the Challenge? Click here to find out more and register. Create your own team or join the GPSEN team to prove that small actions add up to real change! We can do this!


WEEC and RCEs of the Americas Conference

September 9 – 15 
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, BC

WEEC 2017 will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss issues with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others. We aim to build a relevant network among environmental NGOs, civil society associations, universities, schools, and local authorities, along with UNESCO and UNEP. For more information click here.

The meeting will coincide with the RCEs of the Americas meeting, September 13-15. All RCE Greater Portland partners are invited.  If you wish to attend the meeting, please visit our RCE Portal and submit Form A (Registration Form) to RCE British Colombia ( and the Global RCE Service Centre ( by August 18, 2017.


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 at the 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.


Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

Innovating for Food Justice & Healthy Communities

Friday, May 12
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
PCC Southeast Campus, Community Hall
2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

This 5th Annual Faculty Training is sponsored by PCC’s Sustainability Practices for Academics and Resources Council (SPARC) and is open to college and university faculty from all disciplines and perspectives across the greater Portland region.

The workshop provides resources for faculty to meaningfully integrate issues of food, racial, environmental, and economic justice and their impacts on the health (physical, social, environmental, economic) of our communities into their classrooms, including speakers, facilitated discussions, and teaching tools. The group will also tour SE’s new Learning Garden and learn about PCC’s multi-faceted student-focused programs. Participants will receive workshop materials and follow-up curriculum development support to any participant.

Morning refreshments and a full lunch provided. $20 fee for non-PCC faculty. To register click here.


World Environment Day Global Goals Fair

Saturday, June 3

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel
3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97214

For this year’s World Environment Day, we will have 17 booths, one for each of the Sustainable Development Goals, to highlight how organizations in the greater Portland region are doing great work to address important social, economic, and environmental issues. Come learn how your neighbors are making a difference on the local and global scale

Featuring a local food cart, beer from Hopworks, and live music, plus a chance to win one of several nature based travel prizes, don’t miss out on this signature event. Hosted by Hosteling International Portland, UNA Portland, and GPSEN, the event is free and open to all!


Facing Climate Change Workshop

Friday, April 21

12:30 – 4:30 pm

PCC Cascade Campus – TEB #222

705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Facing Climate Change identifies the psychological barriers that inhibit our sense of efficacy and offers tools to overcome adversity, develop communication skills, and build our resilience. This workshop will use lessons from ecopsychology to help you build your own reserves of personal resilience so that you can face what you know and read about climate change with clear eyes, not sink into despair, and learn practices that will be psychologically supportive and empowering, including suggestions for how you can take action in your own communities. Through this lens, climate change becomes our ally to help us to move forward.

Participants will receive:

  • Methods for self-care that are crucial to resilience and psychological well-being.
  • Exercises designed to strengthen connection, communication, and empathy.
  • Strategies for building positive visions for a flourishing planetary future.

30 participants from higher education institutions and the community will have the opportunity to be a part of this pilot project, gaining the knowledge, inspiration, and skills to become change agents in their communities.

General Registration $15. Scholarship tickets $5.  Funds cover refreshments and course materials.

For more information and to register click here. If you have questions, email: