GPSEN Events

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.

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!

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:

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!

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.

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!

Community Events

Global Climate Change Week

October 9-15

Climate change poses a major threat to sustainable development. For this reason, it is important for everyone concerned about sustainable development to take action on climate change. One way for communities to do so is by taking part in Global Climate Change Week (GCCW), an initiative designed to encourage academic communities – including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities – in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change.

To prepare and see examples, learn more here!

October’s Ecology Club topic: Mushroom Night

Monday, October 9
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Bark office (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym)
351 NE 18th Ave Portland

Join us for our third annual mushroom night! This event will follow on the heels of our October Mushroom Hike, and will elaborate on topics and species introduced on the hike. It will also be an opportunity for folks to bring in their mushroom finds for identification and discussion! At 6:30pm there will be examples of several Pacific Northwest fungal species to observe, with knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions. Be sure to catch our presentation on mushroom identification and ecology, from 7 to 8 pm!

At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark’s work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!

For more information click here. View the Facebook event here.


October 11 – 25

Last year we launched a new site and had over 8,300 participants across 450 teams. We hope you’ll join us this year to reduce your impact and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future.

Registration will open in August for NWEI’s EcoChallenge, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out our ongoing Custom EcoChallenge offerings here – or learn more about our new Campus EcoChallenge, which kicks off again in August and is available throughout the semester. If you haven’t heard, you can now follow EcoChallenge on Facebook or Instagram for news, tips, and updates. Join us in powerful (and fun) ways to engage your friends, family, and coworkers, and prove that small actions add up to big change.

Reducing Inequality on a Finite Planet

Thursday, October 12
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
511 NW Broadway, Portland

Many economists and activists believe we can reduce extreme wealth inequality through ginning up the economic growth machinery and distributing the rewards more fairly.  But what if such growth is ecologically unsustainable? There are too many people consuming too much stuff. Humanity is facing an overshoot crisis as evidenced by climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem breakdown. We need drastic changes in our economy to start walking the path toward a sustainable society. One of the most critical changes is to reduce the dizzying gap between the haves and the have-nots. Many people fail to appreciate the link between equality and sustainability. In a world of finite resources and increasing competition for those resources, we need economic institutions and policies that promote equality rather than a grab-what-you-can race to the bottom. This program will explore the intersection of the ecological crisis and extreme wealth inequality.

This event is free, but seating is limited. For more information click here.

Green Empowerment

Saturday, October 14
5:00 – 8:00 pm VIP Expo
7:30 – 12:00 am Party
The North Warehouse
723 N Tillamook St, Portland

Join Portland’s local sustainability, civic, and non-profit leaders in a fun-filled evening celebrating 20 years of advancing social justice through access to basic services and help Green Empowerment kick off our next 20 years!

For more information click here.

Intertwine Alliance Fall Summit

Wednesday, October 11 (registration deadline)
Wednesday, October 18 (summit)
11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

This is our biggest event of the year and we hope to see you all there. This year’s theme is Stories of the Past, Stories of the Future. On this 25th anniversary of the Metropolitan Greenspaces Master Plan, expect personal accounts of the past two decades and community members’ hopes for the future to be mixed in with a fun table exercise about your vision for the next 25 years. We need all of your hearts, brains and voices to get this right.

Kicking off the day will be the 4th Annual Force of Nature Awards luncheon and ceremony. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the individuals, agencies and projects that inspire us. Then let your imaginations run wild about the future of The Intertwine with a fun workshop led by master storyteller, Will Hornyak. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Jenny de la Hoz will no doubt keep us smiling as the emcee of the Summit portion of the day. As per festive tradition, we’ll end with socializing, tasty beverages, and the Oregon Zoo’s legendary hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 6:30 pm.

To register, click here. For more information, click here.

PSU Learning Gardens Lab: Harvest Festival

Wednesday, October 18
3:30 – 5:30 pm
PSU’s Learning Gardens Lab
6801 SE 60th Ave, Portland

It’s that time of year for our Annual Harvest Festival at the Learning Gardens Lab. Bring the whole family for a celebration of autumn with us! Check out our farm stand, cider press, and pumpkin patch. Get a garden tour from our wonderful staff and volunteer members! There will be kids activities and crafts, such as posie making and pumpkin painting. Rain or shine, we will be there!

For more information about the Learning Gardens Lab, click here. View the event page on Facebook; or check out the Learning Gardens Lab on Facebook.

Intro to Forest Policy: Forest Fire Edition

Thursday, November 2
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bark’s Office
351 NE 18th Ave, Portland

How has history created “public lands” and how has “ownership” changed over the last century? Which laws protect the land and which accommodate destructive commercial activity? Who makes land management decisions about forest fire and what are their goals?  How can we influence the management if we, the public, don’t like it?

This training, facilitated by Bark’s staff attorney, Brenna Bell, will answer all these questions, and more, as we learn about how and why the Forest Service and BLM (mis)manage our public lands.

RSVP on Facebook here. For more information about other Bark events click here.

Classes, Workshops & Conferences

Indigenous Wisdom: Pathways to Deeper Awareness

September 23 – 24
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
5135 NE Columbia Blvd. Portland, OR 97218

Aleut Elder, Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff will be leading sessions and talking circles, impelled by questions related to consciousness, pathways to problem-solving and ways to inspire people to pull together to re-achieve ecological and social balance and harmony.  An evening panel discussion on ‘Indigenous Wisdom’ will explore how to overcome the devastation of colonization, and provide the leadership for dealing with Global Climate Change and the difficult times that will accompany it.

For information and registration, please go to the Pull Together Now

Course: Sustainable Consumption and Production

October 2 – November 24

The Green Development and Climate Change Programme at United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce the upcoming editions of the moderated e-learning course on Sustainable Consumption and Production. This e-course has been developed in partnership with UN Environment, Office for Latin America and the Caribbean region. It will be delivered in English and Spanish.

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) aims to promote resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and the provision of basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. The course presents challenges and opportunities for SCP policies in the LAC region, as well as practical examples of approaches, tools and indicators for SCP.

Fellowships are available for participants from the region working in the public sector, academia or NGOs. To learn more and register for the course, please go to the UNITAR event catalogue. The fellowship application deadline is September 10. To find out how to apply for a fellowship, contact:

Webinar: Teaching the Science & Rhetoric of Climate Change

Monday, October 2
4:30 – 6:00 pm

NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project is proud to welcome this month’s featured speakers, Dr. Krista Hiser, a communications professor, and Dr. Wendy Kuntz, an ecology professor, both from the University of Hawaii’s Kapi’olani Community College. This month’s topic is: Teaching the Science & Rhetoric of Climate Change: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Keeping Your Chin Above Water in Turbulent Times.

Ten years ago teaching climate change was considered edgy or subversive. With introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), it’s become an important conversation in science classes. Disciplines in humanities and social sciences are wondering how they can or should get involved. Student affairs folks are wondering if they should be helping students with “climate anxiety.” With the recent hurricanes and wildfires climate education is suddenly a “hot” topic. It would be exciting if it weren’t so depressing. It would be interesting if it weren’t so urgent. For education in particular, it’s a lot of change, happening very quickly in ways we are unevenly prepared for. How do we prepare students for the future they will inherit?

Space is limited. For more information and to reserve your seat click here.

Sustainability Management Systems

Mondays, October 2 – 23

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Join ISSP leader Dorothy Atwood for an in-depth primer on developing sustainability management systems, and learn practical methods to solidify and advance sustainability efforts by applying proven management system tools, practices and competencies.

For more information click here.

Sustainability in Schools: Info for Parents and Teachers

Tuesday, October 3 (Beaverton)

Wednesday, October 5 (West Linn)
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Calling all green minded parents! Join us for an upcoming Dessert Meetup Info Session to learn how you can start or support sustainable projects at your child’s school.  The Eco-School Network is a program that trains and supports parents and teachers doing volunteer sustainability projects in elementary schools. We currently work with parents at over 45 schools to reduce waste, use less, promote school gardens and green schoolyards, and educate kids about sustainability.

To learn more about our work click here. If you’re interested in joining us for the upcoming meetup or want to hear more, fill out our interest sheet, or RSVP to or 503-227-2315

Urban Permaculture Design Course

October – May (one weekend a month)

Planet Repair InstituteJean’s Farm, and other community sites
Portland, OR

A three-season, hands-on, village-style learning environment for Earth activists.  In gaining a deep perspective and practical skill set of how we can design our systems and our lives to be more fruitful for all, something unexpected happens. The Permaculture Design Course often is remembered as the point where people say that everything began to change for them! Our teaching team is led by long-time City Repair organizers Mark Lakeman, Matt Bibeau, Ridhi D’Cruz, and Julian Dominic in addition to guests of the bio-region’s top instructors of ecological design.

For more information, click here.

PBS Climate Conversations (Middle & High School Educators)

Tuesday, October 10: Building a Unit with PBS Media
Tuesday, October 24: Cross-Curricular Connections

This virtual learning presentation will focus on teaching climate change in the classroom and features scientists, educators, and producers from Frontline and An Inconvenient Sequel. It’s a great opportunity to have conversations with people working on all aspects of climate change education and learn about new, free resources for the classroom. Plus, the last event in the series is presented in a cool, co-media viewing platform called OVEE. The first part, which took place on September 26, used Frontline’s new 360 video, Why is Greenland Melting? Unfortunately, a replay of the session is not available, but you can check out this video and other digital resources from PBS Learning Media.

For more information, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GoGreen Conference

Tuesday, October 17 (event)

Local leadership on climate is more important now than ever. In GoGreen’s tenth year, now is the perfect time to celebrate our regional victories and double down on our strengths, as well as take an unfiltered look at our greatest needs and opportunities. A highlight will be the plenary session, which brings together many of our foremost sustainability leaders to give us their no-holds barred perspective and to mobilize our green business community.

For information and registration, click here.  As a co-sponsor of the conference, we can offer a registration discount, with discount code: GPSEN.

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.

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.

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.

Leadership Skills for Change Agents

November 6, 13, 20, 27
4:00 – 5:30 pm

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals presents a live online course in 60 to 90-minute weekly segments taught by Bob Willard. The course focuses on leveraging leadership practices to ensure successful sustainability initiatives.

For more information click here.

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.

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