GPSEN Events

Sustainability Works: Rethinking Business as Usual

Thursdays, April 20 – May 18

7:00 – 8:30 pm

On-line discussion

NW Earth Institute’s discussion course “Sustainability Works: Rethinking Business as Usual” is designed to help organizations respond to the need for systems-level change that benefits both people and the planet. This introduction and four-session discussion course highlights the business case for sustainability and includes resources that will support the delivery of your sustainability goals, with the information and inspiration you need to engage your team and create or fine-tune a plan to advance sustainability in your business. 

The course will be online and is organized by Dr. Zahra Golshani, a GPSEN Fellow and research associate with the University at Albany’s Institute of Environment and Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization. She teaches sustainability and sustainable development to international NGOs.

The fee is $35 for the course study book. Each participant will read the designated chapters and share thoughts in the on-line discussion. Instructions will be provided.

To register click here.  If you have any questions, email:


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:

GPSEN Think Tank

Thursday, November 17
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Community Energy Project
2900 SE Stark St A, Portland, OR 97214

The GPSEN Think Tank offers a community where you can explore deep questions, discuss ideas and research, and engage in developing meaningful programs and events.

Come join us!

Food for Earth: Agrobiodiversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Wed, May 10th
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
PSU’s Native American Student and Community Center
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97207

PSU’s Sustainability Leaders Network, Student Sustainability Center, and partnering organizations invite you to explore how urban agriculture and crop biodiversity can support climate resilience. Be inspired by examples of urban agriculture and sustainability from around the world and learn how these initiatives can tie to global sustainability goals set by UN member nations around the world. GPSEN Fellow Neeraja Havaligi and GPSEN Director and PCC Sociology Instructor Kim Smith will speak from their experiences in research, education, and advocacy for sustainability and food security.

After the presentation, network with students from across the Portland Metro region to build community and identify ways to strengthen education for sustainability in our region.

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 based on a cross-disciplinary curricular change model drawn from The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Ponderosa/Piedmont Projects. Directly supporting the achievement of PCC’s Core Outcomes on community and environmental responsibility, critical thinking and problem solving, and cultural awareness, this workshop 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.

Registration Required.  Morning refreshments and a full lunch provided.

$20 fee for non-PCC faculty.

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.

KPSU’s Shades of Green

Thursday, May 18
4:00 – 5:00 pm

This weekly radio talk show, with DJ Anky, features conversations about sustainability initiatives at PSU and throughout the city of Portland, from green energy and conservation to new technology and green social justice and economic issues. This week will focus on Hosteling International and GPSEN, and their upcoming World Environment Day Global Goals Fair. Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

More details here, for live streaming and podcasts.

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!

World Environmental Education Conference

September 9-15 (Early Bird Registration – June 14)
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, BC

The WEEC is an international meeting for everyone working with education for the environment and a sustainable future or who has an interest in the field. WEEC 2017 will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others. We expect participants from a wide range of countries. We aim to build a relevant network among environmental NGOs, civil society associations, universities, schools, and local authorities. We are grateful the patronage of UNESCO and UNEP patronage and invite you to engage in this powerful international opportunity.

The meeting will also coincide with the RCEs of the Americas meeting, September 13-15, to which all RCE partners are invited.  GPSEN, aka RCE Greater Portland, welcomes your participation.

For details and registration:

Community Events

Agent of Change Training

February 27, March 6, 13, & 20, April 17
6:00 – 7:45 pm or  7:00 – 8:45 pm
Center for Earth Leadership
Downtown Portland

The recent presidential election calls us to advance sustainability and ecological awareness through heightened citizen action in our local communities.  During the training, each participant will develop a vision and plan for how to participate in the Portland area citizen response. You will be given tools and strategies to develop a project, with input from others in your group.  Specific topics covered include:

  1. Goal of cultural change; clarifying your vision
  2. First steps of  an agent of change
  3. Developing a strategy to move toward your vision
  4. Inviting others to join you
  5. Maintaining momentum over time

There is no charge for the training, but advance registration is required. To reserve your space, or for more information, contact Jeanne Roy at 503-227-2315 or Or check out their website.

7.5 and Counting: Conversations about Global Population Growth

Thursday, April 13

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center

721 NW 9th Ave #200, Portland, OR 97209

Local non-profit, Investments for Developing Communities (IDC), invites you to learn about current issues related to global population growth.  Guest speakers John Seager, president and CEO of Population Connection, in Washington D.C., and Suzanne York, project director for the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, CA, will present latest statistics and field notes related to areas of advocacy, education and project work.  With Earth quickly approaching 7.5 billion people, it’s time to make global population growth, with its overarching connections to the environment and human rights, a mainstream issue.  Come join in the conversations.

$20 in advance/$25 at the door/$12 with Student ID.  Light fare included/Cash bar. To purchase tickets, contact: IDC Director Lisa Whitridge, at

Behavioral Insights: Lessons from the Field & Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 4

5:00 -7:00 pm

McMenamins Ringler’s Pub (side room @ 14th & Burnside)

1332 W. Burnside, Portland

Behavioral Insights Group PDX has organized another “Lessons from the Field” happy hour, focusing on the application of behavioral sciences to the energy efficiency field. Katie Wallace, from Energy Trust of Oregon, will present some key takeaways from this year’s Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference. Jan Kleszynski, from C+C, will explain how they created motivation and competition through the reality tv show SWAP for the U.S. Department of Energy: first pitting Whole Foods against Hilton Hotels, and then putting the Naval Academy and Air Force Academy head-to-head. 

View the Facebook event page. RSVP on EventBrite here.

Theater Improv for Community Building

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 – 9:00 pm

350PDX @ Central Lutheran Church

1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland

Join us for a night of theater improv for community building with certified teacher of Action Theater, Mary Rose. Mary Rose will be offering a variety of games and improvised experiences that transport us from our normal trains of thought (often stuck in memories of the past, anticipation/fear of the future, or judgments of ourselves and others), into the sensory moment that we are experiencing in the present. At the workshop, we will move our bodies, tune in to our breath, focus on what we are sensing and experiencing, share stories, laugh, connect. We will play with movement, sounds, and words. We will sometimes try exercises in a group, sometimes with partners, and sometimes alone. In this time of many intense emotions, it is important to have ways of connecting joyfully with others. Additionally, many of the games used in this workshop offer an experience of being seen and heard and having your experience reflected back to you in such a way that you can let go of feelings of isolation and helplessness. We are all in this together!  Let’s find ways of playing with what we have!

This event is free, donations gladly accepted. RSVP online and spread the word on Facebook.

Film Screening & Webinar: National Carbon Pricing

Wednesday, April 5

4:00 – 6:00 pm Pacific


Join Daily Show correspondent, Aasif Madvi and former Goldman Sachs’ Director of Risk Management, Dr. Bob Litterman, for a National Screening and Discussion of “Priceless,” an episode from the National Geographic Series, Years of Living Dangerously, and a national webinar panel discussion on carbon pricing for colleges, universities, and community groups. The event is hosted by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign. The one-hour show, focusing on both carbon pricing and the biodiversity loss threat from climate change, will be followed by a webcast expert panel discussion. Schools and organizations across the U.S. are invited to participate in this event. Participating schools will be able to watch the episode at no charge. The panel will welcome questions from a national viewing audience. 


You can also preview the dual content of the PRICELESS episode:  

Hope you and your school can join us! Sign-up Here.

Hope is What You Do: Resistance and Resilience Practices for Personal and Community Care

Saturday, April 8

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Central Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall

1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland


Hope is what we do, not something we have. In reclaiming hope as a stance and an embodied intention, we free ourselves to choose how we will live with integrity, no matter the circumstances. The ongoing work for justice calls us to grow our capacities to resist the messaging of consumer culture, oppression, powerlessness, and polarization. We are also called to strengthen our personal and collective capacity for connection, creativity, and commitment to ourselves and the larger world community. This gathering offers an opportunity to examine our relationship to hope, to our natural emotional reactions to world events, and to new ways of seeing and being in community. Combining creative arts, contemplative practices, movement, and interactive practices, we start to grow a deeper understanding of ourselves of part of a resilient living community striving for a just and sustainable world.


$10 – $15 donation requested, no one turned away. RSVP online to guarantee your spot!

PCC SE Campus – Learning Garden Greenhouse Build

April 10 – 13

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

PCC Southeast Campus – Learning Garden

2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

The Learning Garden at the PCC Southeast campus is building a geodesic dome greenhouse, and we need hands! If you or someone you know has previous building/construction experience (or a lot of enthusiasm to learn), please get in touch!

Email Arielle at with questions and check out the Facebook event

Equity and Diversity in the Workplace

Thursday, April 13

6:00 – 8:00 pm

PSU Native American Student & Community Center

710 SW Jackson St, Portland

Students and professionals interested in sustainability are invited to explore the opportunities and barriers for building a diverse workforce and supporting marginalized communities during a time when federal support for environmental, climate, and social justice work is diminishing. This panel discussion and networking event is hosted by the Student Fellows of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Food and drinks will be served. Free with RSVP. For more information click here.

7.5 Billion and Counting: Where are We Headed?

Thursday, April 13

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ecotrust Building

Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center

721 NW 9th Ave #200, Portland

With Earth’s population set to reach 7.5 billion this year, now is the time to join in the conversation to make global population growth, with its overarching connections to the environment and human health worldwide, a mainstream issue! Local non-profit Investments for Developing Communities (IDC) is excited to host two thought-provoking presentations by speakers well-versed in the current field of population advocacy, education and project work: John Seager, president of Population Connection in Washington DC, and Suzanne York, project director of Transition Earth, of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, CA.

In collaboration with the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) and Center for Biological Diversity, IDC invites you to bring your questions, join in the conversation, and be inspired to learn more about the opportunities for each of us to get involved.

$20 in advance; $25 at the door; $12 with Student ID. Light food is included and a cash bar is on site.  For tickets and more information click here or call (971) 400-2181.

Film Screening: Love Thy Nature

Friday, April 14

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

PNCA’s Shipley/Collins MediaTheque

511 NW Broadway, Portland

The winner of 26 awards, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet, while showing that a renewed connection with nature is key to our well-being and solving our environmental and climate crises.  Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson, points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a mesmerizing cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. 

This event is hosted by ECO (Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors) and PNCA’s Albert Solheim Library. ECO inspires elementary school students to connect to the natural world through a series of hands-on ecology lessons in classrooms, schools, and neighborhoods.

You can view the movie trailer here. Tix are suggested donation: $5-10. You can purchase advance tickets here.

The Native Wisdom Film Festival

Saturday, April 15

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Portland Art Museum – Whitsell Auditorium

1219 SW Park Avenue Portland

Wisdom of the Elders, the Native American nonprofit organization located in Portland, OR, and the Northwest Film Center are pleased to announce the Native Wisdom Film Festival. This series of four short documentaries feature Oregon and Alaskan Native peoples as they discuss the impact of a changing environment on the lives of Native peoples of the Northwest along with their rich cultural arts. Accompanying the films will be a selection of shorts made by emerging Native filmmakers from Wisdom’s Native Film Academy.

For more information check-out the Wisdom of the Elders Facebook page or contact or (503) 775-4014

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Opening & Guided Hikes

Saturday, April 16

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA

Spring has arrived at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and with it comes the Spring Opening Celebration at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, built to interpret the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle, once one of the largest Chinookan Villages on this stretch of the river.  It now provides educational programs to youth and the general public through our Lifeways, Landscapes, and Wildlife Interpretive Program.. The season will kick off with a special event celebrating Springtime foods of Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia River, and the seasonal cycle that the People in the Cathlapotle Village lived by, with foods, hands-on displays, and guided hikes. There will be children’s activities throughout the day and guided tours of the Plankhouse. Cost: $3 per vehicle.

To learn more about the Plankhouse visit or contact Sarah Hill at or (360) 887-4106. For wheelchair access to this event, please contact Sarah prior to the event date.


PSU Earth Day Festival

Friday, April 21

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Portland State University

South Park Blocks

The Portland State University Environmental Club would like to invite you to be a part of PSU’s 2017 Earth Day Festival. We will be celebrating our Earth with many community partners. Participant organizations are encouraged to communicate and network with both visitors and other tabling organizations. This will make Earth Day an opportunity to learn, celebrate, network, collaborate, and get involved.

Last year our event had an amazing turn-out; over 1,000 visitors, a craft market, reuse fair, and over 60 community partners and PSU organizations participated. Help us make Earth Day bigger than ever and register for tabling today! Two chairs and a table will be provided to groups that register. We are asking groups to please bring their own tent/canopy if they have one, as we have limited tent space this year.

How to register: please fill out this Google Form with information about your group and contact information. If you have questions, email us at:

Film: Queen of the Sun – What are the Bees Telling Us

Friday, April 21

5:00 pm Dinner at NASCC – 710 SW Jackson St, Portland

6:00 pm Doors open at 5th Ave Cinema – 510 SW Hall St, Portland

6:30 pm Film Screening Begins

Queen Of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together an unusual and dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world. Hosted by the Sustainability Leaders Network and Student Sustainability Center.

Watch a film trailer here.

Earth Day in Music and Song 2017

Friday, April 21

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland 

The Center for Earth Leadership, First Unitarian Community for Earth, Unity Church of Beaverton, and New Thought Center for Spiritual Living invite you to celebrate our remarkable planet.  The program includes instrumental and vocal performances by Sky in the Road, Gary Skye, Richard Colombo, and the Portland Peace Choir, meditative singing, poetry, and candle lighting. Refreshments and conversation following in the reception room.

RSVPs appreciated at 503-244-0026 or

Sustainable Fashion Forum

Sunday, April 23

3:00 – 6:00 pm

4th Floor, 1313 W Burnside St, Portland

Join us at The Good Mod for the first ever Laptops & Smalltalk Sustainable Fashion Forum as we celebrate ethical & sustainable fashion. The festivities kick off with a panel discussion between local sustainable designers and fashion’s top industry leaders about the obstacles and opportunities faced in the effort to create ethically-made and fashion-forward clothing. Following the panel discussion, Modified Portland, Environmental Consultant Kelly Raynor will speak about sustainability in fashion, followed by a live fashion show featuring the sustainable designs from some of Portland’s top local designers.

For more information click here.


#EcoSocialJustice with Dr. Marcia Chatelain

Monday, April 24 @ 11am

PCC Sylvania, PAC Lobby

Monday, April 24 @ 2pm

PCC Cascade, MAHB #104

Wednesday, April 26 @ 10am

PCC Rock Creek, Building 9, Events Center

Wednesday, April 26 @ 2pm

PCC Southeast, Community Hall

Join us in celebrating Earth Week with this thought-provoking lecture. Dr Marcia Chatelain, founder of #FergusonSyllabus, author, activist, and teacher will present at all PCC Campuses in honor of Earth Week.  In #EcoSocialJustice Dr Chatelain explores our recent history and current events in our country as a context to understand the interconnections of racial, social, and environmental justice. Looking at the many issues we face — racism, food insecurity, environmental degradation, widening economic disparities, climate change — how can these movements come together to strategically align for sustainable change? If we are stronger together, how have we failed to collectively mobilize in the past?

Chatelain initiated the #FergusonSyllabus after the death of Michael Brown. She has been featured prominently on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other national platforms. Questions? Contact Kendi Esary at

Outgrowing Hunger & Earth Art Ag Garden-to-Table Celebration & Info Night

Wednesday, June 21
Village Ballroom
704 Northeast Dekum Street, Portland, OR 97211

Outgrowing Hunger is a grassroots, Portland-based nonprofit focused on fighting hunger through community gardens, school garden education, and refugee farm projects. Spend a delicious evening with us, learn about our programs, and celebrate summer’s arrival with our friends, supporters, volunteers, and students (past, present, and future!) This event is for anyone who has previously, or is interested in participating or supporting any of our projects or programs including school garden education, community gardens, and refugee farmer training.

Light garden-to-table dinner and a drink for only $15!!  Buy tickets here.

Village Building Convergence

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June 2 -11
Portland, Oregon

City Repair invites you to the VBC 17!!! Join us for the culmination of over 20 years of Urban Planning for the 17th Annual Village Building Convergence Extravaganza. Last year we explored the theme of “Weaving Together : What Will It Take?” This year we look at the simple idea of “Home.” How do we do good in the place where we reside? Especially for those who have face inequity and for those who can lose their home at any minute through deportation. And what does having a home mean when we are houseless?

Enjoy 10 Days of Community Building, Permaculture, Creative Placemaking & Urban Design; Innovative Evening Programming Nurturing Connection & Participation; Cutting Edge Workshops, Presentations, Panels & Performances from across the continent & bioregion; and Participatory Oriented Vision-into-Action Models.

To learn more, check out our website.

Heart-Centered Meditation for Activists

Tuesday, May 2
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland

Rev. Jayna Gieber, Meditation Teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, offers this experiential workshop with guided meditation to crystal bowls designed to support and balance the passionate hearts and minds of activists. Much is asked of us as lovers of the earth and life. It is imperative as we do the work of tending the world, we also tend ourselves, keeping our hearts soft yet strong, even in the midst of heartbreaking planetary developments. In a supportive atmosphere with climate and social justice companions, come take refuge. All are welcome. You might bring a blanket and pillow for guided meditation if you wish. Event hosted by 350PDX.

For more information and to RSVP on Facebook click here.

Grassroots Activism for Social Change

Wednesday, May 3
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Center for Philanthropy, Bamboo Room (3rd floor)
221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland

Through grassroots activism, citizens like you can become change agents. Whether advocating for more school funding or stronger action on climate change, grassroots activists know how to effectively organize and engage others to bring about real social change. Join SAGE and the Oregon Environmental Council for a nuts-and-bolts workshop on how to be an effective grassroots advocate. Together, we’ll explore key strategies to develop campaign messages, build and sustain support, and share tips on how to align your campaign with other social movements. This workshop is relevant for those working on any social cause, but we’ll spotlight examples of ongoing environmental causes that need more grassroots support.

The cost to attend is $10, which helps cover our brunch expenses. You can pay in advance using the online form or pay at the door. If cost is a barrier, please contact SAGE for special arrangements.

To register, click here or call SAGE at 971-717-6570.

Conscious Capitalism Launch

Wednesday, May 3
Skype Live Studio
1210 SW 10th Avenue, Downtown Portland

Portland is launching a chapter of Conscious Capitalism: a global movement aimed at changing the world for good through the power of business. Some of the most successful and popular brands have been involved in shaping the Conscious Capitalism movement including Whole Foods, REI, Starbucks, Patagonia, Trader Joe’s, and many more.  The Conscious Capitalism Portland chapter aims to build a community in the greater Portland area where leaders, employees, and their stakeholders can thrive, learn and grow in a conscious and sustainable way, through events that explore the principles of Conscious Capitalism, a local business showcase, and build community with like-minded people.

We invite you to join us at our launch party to hear from two inspiring Portland business leaders: Frank Foti, CEO of Vigor, the largest ship building company in the Pacific Northwest, and Renee Spears, Founder and CEO of Rose City Mortgage, an award-winning mortgage company with a difference.

Registration $15 (snacks and drinks provided). Click here to register by April 28th.
If you have questions, call 310 245 0833

Evening Canoe in the Slough

Thursday, May 11
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! Borrow a canoe or kayak – and enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible! $5-10/person – $25/family suggested donation. Advanced registration required.

For more information and to register click here.

Ridgefield Cathlapotle Plankhouse – Mother’s Day Celebration

Sunday, May 14
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse
28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA

For Cathlapotle Chinookans tending to plant relatives has always been the responsibility of women in the community. Since time immemorial, women have tended to wapato, camas, and many other plants that people have relied on for food, medicine, and trade. This Mother’s Day, bring mom out to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse to connect to plants important to Chinookan Peoples, and to learn about edible and medicinal plants you can connect with in your own neighborhoods. At 1:00 go on a plant walk, sample a few wild teas throughout the day, and stick around for a soothing herbal salve making demonstration at 3:00. There will also be a naturalist guided family nature walk at 2:00. The Plankhouse will be open for visitors from 12 pm – 4 pm, and there will be children’s activities available throughout the day. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is open weekends from 12 pm – 4 pm. Every second Sunday of the month the Plankhouse will host special events with speakers, guided hikes, and children’s activities. Refuge admission is $3 per vehicle

For more information on this and other events at Ridgefield click here.

World Climate Week 2017

May 15 – 21

World Climate Week is back! People around the world are running World Climate Simulations and you can too. We are asking you to run a simulation in your own community. Last year we reached thousands thanks to events led by volunteers in the army, young people in churches, university students, senior government officials, intergenerational groups, and many more, from Nigeria to South Korea. This role playing exercise of the UN climate talks can help to keep up momentum toward ensuring a world where climate change is well below 2°C. At Climate Interactive we have also updated the Climate Scoreboard and made several analyses of how the world will look under new climate policies from the US.

Check out the materials and resources to get started and register your event.

Portland MSA Economic and Population Outlook

Wednesday, May 17

7:00 am – 11:00 am (doors & breakfast at 7 am; event begins at 7:45 am)

PSU Ballroom

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room #355

1825 SW Broadway, Portland

PSU’s Northwest Economic Research Center is proud to announce the first ever Portland MSA Regional Outlook! (Counties: Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, Skamania, Washington, Yamhill)

After hearing from NERC director, and former State Economist, Dr. Tom Potiowsky (yours truly) about what the future holds, experts in housing, employment, and population will present and discuss the important trends in the Portland MSA. In addition, there will be a feature presentation by Zillow Senior Economist Skylar Olsen, and a panel focused solely on housing.

Individuals can sign up for $65 and groups can reserve a table of eight for $455 (Eventbrite fees not included). Breakfast is included. For more information click here.

Meaningful Conversations – Fear Itself: Is Xenophobia Ever Justified

Friday, May 19
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
PCC Southeast Campus – Tabor Hall – Room #138
2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

Portland Community College’s Center for Civic Participation’s “Meaningful Conversations” series has an informal, discussion-based format where we strive to create a place for open and honest dialogues that challenge participants to think about and reflect on difficult topics. The CCP@PCC is part of a broad movement to create alternatives to polarized, adversarial, and polemical conversations about important topics. Some of the questions we will discuss include:
What is Xenophobia and how does it affect the community at PCC?
When does a fear become a phobia?
When are our fears justifiable and when are they not?
For background, visit the “Fear Itself: Is Xenophobia Ever Justified?” repository set up by the PCC Library.

PSU Sustainability Celebration

Wednesday, May 24
3:00 – 5:00 pm
PSU Smith Ballroom, Third Floor
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

This once-a-year extravaganza of inspiration provides a lively overview of sustainability initiatives, projects, and programs at Portland State University and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the most forward-thinking students, staff, and faculty on campus. The Sustainability Celebration features an awards ceremony, project showcase, live music, and free food.

Learn more about PSU’s Sustainability Program. To RSVP for the event click here.

Tryon Creek – State of the Watershed

Wednesday, May 24
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Tryon Creek Nature Center
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland

The Tryon Creek State of the Watershed is a community event that educates the public about recent projects and research in the Tryon Creek basin, including topics like migratory fish surveys by the US Fish & Wildlife Service; macroinvertebrate survey data by community science volunteers; Highway 43 culvert removal update by the Army Corps of Engineers; Backyard Habitat; and restoration project reports from Lewis and Clark College, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

This event is an open house format so attendees are welcome to drop in, peruse visual displays, and chat with our various presenters. This event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss this fun evening of learning, celebrating, refreshments, and networking!

Please RSVP here. While it’s not required, it helps us with event planning. Questions? E-mail For more information click here.

Vanport Day of Remembrance

Saturday, May 27
10:00 am – 11:00 am (OPB documentary screening)
PCC Cascade Campus – Moriarty Auditorium
704 N Killingsworth St, Portland
11:30 am – 3:00 pm (Education Workshop)
PCC Cascade Campus – Terrell Hall Auditorium (TH)
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland

Film Screening: This OPB documentary from Oregon Experience tells the story of Vanport’s creation, its time as housing for the WWII shipbuilding industry, its postwar community, and its destruction by flooding from the Columbia River in 1948. Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited. RSVP is strongly recommended.

Workshop: Engaging and informative, we are thrilled that Prof. James S. Harrison will be sharing his knowledge at several of The Vanport Mosaic Festival events. This interactive workshop will teach participants how to craft a 15-30 minute lesson that wows students and helps them gain new insights and appreciation for our history. This year’s festival themes of migration, housing, and displacement are central to the workshop, as well as the question of how unresolved issues with race-based displacement reverberates through future generations. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information click here. To register click here.

Women in Science Evening Forum

Tuesday, May 30
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Multnomah County Central Library – US Bank Room
801 SW 10th Ave, Portland

We are hosting an evening forum to tell you more about the upcoming changes to Women in Science (WIS) Portland as we pursue non-profit status. Join us to learn more about our new committees, our goals for the future, and other upcoming changes. The goal of the forum is to get your feedback. Do you have ideas about what WIS should become? Do you want to see more programs aimed at a specific audience? Let us know at the evening forum!

To learn more, click here. To RSVP, click here.

Cycle the Well Field

Saturday, June 3
8:45 am – 1:00 pm
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
9920 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland

Join us for a tour of Portland’s Columbia South Shore Well Field. Located deep below the Columbia Slough Watershed, the City’s well field is capable of producing close to 100 million gallons of high-quality drinking water per day. The well field is used as an emergency backup for the Bull Run source and to augment our water supply during the summer when demand for water is higher. On this 16-mile ride, experts from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will reveal the mysteries of groundwater, discuss how groundwater provides flexibility and reliability to the City’s water supply and explain how we can all protect this important resource. Bring your bike, helmet, water bottle and lunch. Refreshments will be provided. Dress for the weather. Space is limited so register early.

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

Make Jade Glitter, Pick Up the Litter

Saturday, June 3
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS)
8114 SE Division St, Portland

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Jade District invite you to the unveiling of their new garbage cans, as part of the “Public Trash Can” pilot project, featuring local art inspired by the Jade District Vision Plan. One of the most diverse districts in the city and state, the Jade District’s rich culture is represented in the broad range of businesses.

The event will kick off at JAMS at 10 am, with a cleanup event, in partnership with SOLVE.  We will give folks vests, litter pick-up tools, and send you off to make the Jade glitter! Participants will reconvene at JAMS at noon for some food and beverages, storytelling about engaging with waste management and why it is important to the Jade, and a tabling session from some of our partners (like SOLVE).

For questions and accommodations, contact Alfredo Gonzalez, 503-823-6111 or To RSVP on Facebook click here. To register for the cleanup click here.

Dinner: Outdoor and Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, June 14
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Private home – details with RSVP

Join SAGE (Senior Advocates for Generational Equity) and Hands On Portland for an overview of fun and short-term volunteer opportunities, both outside and inside. Whether you want to be at the beach, on the river, in the mountains or a local park, we’ve got exciting opportunities for you with our nonprofit partners. And for those looking to stay indoors, we’ll share easy, done-in-a-day roles that make a difference. This is an informational discussion, spotlighting a variety of volunteer opportunities that match your interests and skills, with no pressure to become a volunteer.

There is no cost to attend this event. To register, use the online form or call SAGE at 971-717-6570.

World Affairs Council International Dinners

There is no better way to show the world the truly generous spirit of Oregonians than to host international visitors. The World Affairs Council has many hosting opportunities over the summer.

Dinner hosts are needed for international guests in the following programs:
• June 16 – 20 | Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation (multi-regional)
• June 21 – 23 | Advancing Gender, Ethnic, & Cultural Minority Rights (multi-regional)
• July 3 – 4 | Labor Relations (multi-regional)
• July 10 – 11 | Cultural Institutions’ Scope and Reach (Colombia)
• July 29 | Fulbright Scholars (multi-regional)

Overnight hosts needed for:
• Youth visitors from Mexico, July 18 – 30
• Youth visitors from Iraq, July 20 – August 3

If you’ve ever wondered what you could do to contribute to deeper cross-cultural understanding and a more peaceful world—please get in touch with us today! Your hospitality makes a world of difference.

Summer Workshop: Greywater 101

Wednesday, June 21
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District office
5211 North Williams Avenue, Portland
Save water this summer while keeping your garden green! Greywater, gently used water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is an excellent source of irrigation water. Learn how you can tap into this resource at one of our upcoming workshops. Depave, Recode, and Greywater Action, with the generous support from East and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation Districts, will offer a fun and educational series of workshops to help you reuse water to irrigate your landscape.

Sign up for this free workshop today! For more information and Register here.

Ilarion Merculieff Workshop Planning Event

Friday, June 23
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Friendly House
NW 26th and Thurman

Ilarion Merculieff, world-renowned indigenous leader and visionary, is coming to Portland this June to plan an extensive September workshop on “Infusing Indigenous Wisdom: Pathways to Deeper Awareness” With creative pathways to a sustainable planet and grounded in Native Wisdom, this event is for people searching for transformative solutions.

Be a part of the planning, to explore intent and approaches, at this preliminary event. Please RSVP to Milt Markewitz, 503 241-7172, or

Voices of a People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us

Tuesday, July 11
5:30pm – 8:30 pm
Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE MLK, Portland

Each year, OPAL hosts an intimate gathering of our closest friends and the strongest supporters of the movement for Environmental Justice. Leaders in Oregon’s movement perform historical speeches, essays, and poems, voicing the powerful words of those who came before us.

Tickets sell out every year! You don’t want to miss this event, so get yours before they’re gone!

Finding a Way to the Halprin Sequence

Saturday, July 15
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Portland State University Rec Center Lobby
1800 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

Finding a Way to the Halprin Sequence is a wayfinding campaign that highlights how easy it is to walk to the Halprin Sequence, a series of fountains, plazas and pathways in the Auditorium District. The Wayfinding Coalition is a neighborhood partnership between residents and the following organizations: Downtown Neighborhood Association; Halprin Landscape Conservancy; Portland State University; and South Auditorium Greenway Environs.

For more information check out our Facebook page or contact

Summer Solstice Rooftop Celebration

Thursday, June 22
Ecotrust’s rooftop terrace
721 NW 9th Av, Portland OR 97209

Join Rogue Farm Corps for a benefit solstice party, featuring live folk music by the Road Sodas, seasonal cocktails and other libations courtesy of TenderBARfun & delicious raffle prizes, and pizza by Hot Lips!  Enjoy the late summer light and the city skyline as we support and strengthen our local food system! Learn about Rogue Farm Corps’ work to train & equip the next generation of farmers and preserve Oregon’s agricultural land.

$5 suggested donation, no one turned away.  All ages event! Raffle and beverage proceeds all go to support Rogue Farm Corps.

Please join, share, and invite friends to our Facebook event.

Classes, Workshops & Conferences

PLACE Summer Program

February 4 (application deadline)
July 6 – 28 (summer program)

This four-week program gives you the opportunity to learn about our city, practice teamwork and leadership skills, and gain first-hand experience of how government agencies, nonprofits, and the public sector operate to shape our communities.

You can’t change systems without first understanding systems!
Admitted students are eligible for 1.0 social studies/history credit and community volunteer credit
Only 20 spots for students from the entire Portland metro area
For more information click here!

Immersion Experience in Resilient Living

February 27 – May 19
May 29 – August 18
August 28 – November 17

This transformational 12-week program teaches and inspires students in five spheres of sustainability — Personal, Social, Ecological, Economic, and Worldview.  It integrates classroom learning with an immersion experience in our 27-year-old intentional community full of interesting and progressive individuals.

Students earn two internationally-recognized certificates: the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), which is the global standard in permaculture education, and the Ecovillage Design Education certificate (EDE), anchored by Gaia Education and recognized by UNESCO.

Visit the course page here, contact, or learn more about what the full program experience is like here.

E-Course: Permaculture Design

May 1 – 28

Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings, and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way.

In this free, online permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics, and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.

For more information click here.

Alternative Building Design Course

April 8 – June 17, 2017

PCC Newberg

135 Werth Blvd, Newberg, OR 97132

This Spring term, students will learn about natural green building principles used in the design and construction of alternative buildings such as straw bale, cob and rammed earth. Student teams will develop designs by constructing scaled models, and will then prepare and deliver presentations that defend and promote their designs.  Hands-on lab experiences will include working on cob shed project in the Newberg Center Learning Garden.

For full course info, visit our course schedule.

Forum: Is Materials Management On Your Menu?

Wednesday, April 12
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

The Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) Spring Forum will focus on food management. It’s intended to provide an opportunity to continue the momentum of the food waste meetings as a part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative. The collaboration is made up of cities and states on the west coast, including British Columbia and Vancouver BC. Participants can expect high-quality presentations from experts in the field, an update on the PCC effort and plenty of opportunities to connect ideas aboutdevelopment of food scraps management.

Note that full-time students and AmeriCorps volunteers can receive an AOR membership for free, which allows you to register for this forum at a reduced price. For more information about the event click here.

Intergenerational Volunteering Workshop

Wednesday, April 26
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Center for Philanthropy, Bamboo Room (3rd Floor)
221 NW Second Avenue, Portland, OR

We each have a generational lens that informs who we are and how we see the world. During this intergenerational workshop, we will explore the differences in world views, motivations, and work styles across the generations. We’ll also discuss ways that each generation can volunteer more effectively when together, and share examples of meaningful, intergenerational service opportunities.

The cost to attend is $10, which helps cover our brunch expenses. You can pay in advance using the online form or pay at the door. If cost is a barrier, please contact SAGE for special arrangements.

To register click here.

Adventure WILD Summer Camp

July 10 – Aug 11, 2017 (registration now open)

Now in its sixth year, Adventure WILD utilizes nature, art, science, and play as campers ages 4-10 explore the vibrant life and amazing enviro-mysteries found in the green spaces around us. All five weeks feature Climbing Wall Fridays, and three sessions also include a special Thursday field trip to the Mazama Lodge nestled in the forested slopes of Mount Hood.

For details on Camp Themes, Dates & Rates, click here.

Webinar: Looking Into the Future with Sustainability’s Big Three

Thursday, April 6
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Three leading companies – Interface, Patagonia, and Unilever – are making sustainability the cornerstone of their brands and are shaping the way that sustainable business is conducted all over the world. In their unique industries, these three companies have overcome old ways of thinking and a “business as usual” mindset. They have each made lasting commitments to creating positive impacts on the world, our environment, and our communities while generating revenue, reimagining their brands, and emerging as leaders in the commercial sphere. In this webinar, sustainability leaders from the “Big 3” in sustainability will discuss the obstacles they have faced in making sustainability the norm and the innovative, exciting solutions that have helped them to not onlysucceed, but to triumph – driving a spirit of optimism even in these uncertain times. The session will cover strategies for success, best practices, and an in-depth conversation on sustainability in the next decade.

Registration is free! For more information and to sign up click here.

Peace, Justice and Sustainability Learning Circle

Thursdays, April 6  – May 11
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Yoga Refuge Annex
7831 SE Stark St #200, Portland

Join Yoga Refuge owner, Kate Holly, and Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) Facilitator, Veronica Hotton, for a 6-week Community Learning Circle with NWEI’s discussion course, “Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice, and Sustainability.” Each session will combine a short yoga and mindfulness warm-up with facilitated conversation inspired by readings from the discussion book. We offer this course to build community, and to inspire action, collaboration, critical thinking, and civic dialogue. We look forward to having your voice in this learning circle!

Course registration cost: With a hardcopy book, course registration is priced on sliding scale of $35 – $65 and covers all materials, space, and a book for each participant. Hard copy registrants can pick up their books at Yoga Refuge prior to first meeting. Course registration cost with an eBook is also priced on a sliding scale of $7 -37, and includes everything but the book. If you wish to buy an eBook, it can be purchased directly from NWEI. For all participants: Please read the “Introduction” and “Session One: It’s All Connected” prior to our first meeting (pg 11 – 36).

For more information about the discussion course click here. To register click here.

MISC Summer Documentary Program

Friday, April 7 (application deadline)

We are proud to host our ninth annual summer documentary program this coming summer. Part summer camp, part production house, Media Institute’s Summer Documentary Program is a seven-week intensive and exciting adventure.  The city serves as a hands-on laboratory as students make video documentaries about local solutions to global issues. We work with award-winning filmmakers, radio personalities and local politicos to teach about how media projects can effectively bring about positive social change.

Learn more here.

Soil School

Saturday, April 8
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Check-in 8-8:30 am)
PCC Rock Creek Event Center
17705 NW Springville Road, PDX

Soil School 2017 will be packed full of information for small acreage farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve the health of their soil and everything growing in it.  Attendees will learn about soil structure/composition and analysis, planting for pollinators, cover crops, irrigation, landscaping with native plants, comp

Webinar: NWEI Course Organizer Training

Thursday, April 13
10:00 – 11:00 am

Earth Day is just around the corner! We believe every person has the power to create positive action, and next month is a perfect time to do a little extra. These days, there’s no shortage of information about the serious challenges facing our planet – and although most people say they would like to do more, they don’t know where to start. So, this Earth Day we invite you to bring people together and to organize one of Northwest Earth Institute’s discussion courses. To support you, we’re offering our next Course Organizer Training Webinar in April as part of Earth Month.

Our free, informational webinar will give you all the tips and tools you need to start taking action in your community. We welcome anyone who is interested in inspiringchange in their neighborhood, workplace, community group, campus or faith organization to join us. We’ll go over best practices for engaging your networks in NWEI discussion courses and you’ll have the chance to connect with others who are also working to inspire change in their community.

To register for this webinar, please fill out this form. For more information click here. Connect with NWEI on Facebook. Or call them with questions at: (503) 227-2807.

Teaching Climate Justice Collaborative Workshop

April 5 (application deadline)
April 19 (workshop)

In May of 2016, the Portland school board passed the most comprehensive climate justice resolution of any school district in the country. We now have a Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee to implement the district’s commitment. On April 19th, our committee is sponsoring a full-day “Teaching Climate Justice Collaborative Workshop.” The title is a mouthful, but the idea is that we want to gather K-12 teachers to explore what “climate justice” looks like at different grade levels and in different disciplines. It’s “collaborative” because we know that PPS teachers are doing lots of imaginative climate justice teaching, but we need each other to help us get the big picture of what this work could look like throughout the district. Part of the day will be spent engaging in exemplary climate justice lessons, part will be spent talking across grade levels and disciplines about what we mean by “climate justice,” how we apply an “equity lens” to teaching about climate change, how we help students develop a sense of “personal efficacy and empowerment” in dealing with the climate crisis, and how we invite the “participation of people from frontline communities” in this work.

The PPS Climate Justice Committee will pay for subs, materials, and lunch. Please consider applying to join us for a day of collaboration, conversation—and justice. We need you.

To register click here.

EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

Thursday, April 20
6:00 am – 9:00 am and
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Live Webcast

The Worldwatch Institute analyzes how we can equip students with the skills to navigate the turbulent century ahead. With global environmental changes locked into our future, what we teach must evolve. All education will need to be environmental education, teaching students to be eco-literate, deep-thinking, and deeply moral leaders, ready to face unprecedented challenges. EarthEd explores traditional areas of environmental education such as nature-based learning and systems thinking, as well as new essential topics including social-emotional learning and the importance of play.

The event will be broadcast from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. You can check out the event schedule here (scroll down). But, keep in mind that the schedule times are listed in EST. So, adjust accordingly for your time zone (minus 3-hours for Pacific time).

For more information and to register click here.

Summit: Exploring Paths to Collaboration on Green Cities

Friday, April 7 (early bird registration deadline)

Wednesday, April 26 (summit)
12:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland
Intertwine Alliance partners, The Nature of Cities, The Bullitt Foundation, Urban Greenspaces Institute, and PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions are teaming up for the Nature of Cities Summit: Exploring Paths to Collaboration on Green CitiesThe event will feature a group of 23 green city luminaries from around the world for an afternoon of presentations and small group discussions, followed by a happy hour. Themes will include adaptation to climate change and green infrastructure, equity and inclusion, governance across jurisdictional boundaries, creating university and community partnerships, and sustaining green city building over time.

The summit is part of a three-day International Symposium during which the international delegation will meet with local and national leaders. The purpose is twofold: to explore the possibility of an international “Transdisciplinary Summit of Ideas on The Nature of Cities” to be held in 2018, and to have an engaging, groundbreaking, interdisciplinary, and international discussion about the nature of cities.

Space is limited to 150. Tickets range from $15 to $30, with early-bird registration available through April 7.

For more information and to register click here.

Renewable Energy Leadership Lab

May 8 (application deadline)
June 2017 – June 2018 (program)
Downtown Portland, OR

Are you a K-12 teacher with a great idea for a lesson plan or unit relating to renewable energy, but don’t have the resources (time, money, or access to renewable energy experts) to develop the curriculum? Are you a leader in your school or district, or do you want to become one in the context of renewable energy? Consider applying for our Renewable Energy Leadership Lab, where you will have opportunities to interact with peers also excited about renewable energy while developing new lesson plans. Alongside peers and renewable energy experts, you will discuss leadership and pedagogy as it relates specifically to lesson plans that you are developing.

Throughout the year, there will be a minimum of four mandatory in-person collaborative work sessions at the Bonneville Education Foundation office located in downtown Portland and four mandatory remote meetings taking place in a webinar format. These sessions function as an opportunity for the teacher group to meet, collaborate, discuss, test, and peer review each other’s proposed units. This type of collaboration among teachers is a critical part of what makes this program unique, valuable, and effective.  A stipend and resource budget are included with this opportunity.

For more information click here.

Exploring Power, Privilege, and Tools for Change

June 12, 13 & 14
Center for Diversity and the Environment
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR

This course engages environmental leaders with a thirst for bringing their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion change work to the next level. This program is ideal for individuals at the intermediate level of understanding barriers to inclusion and equity, and who seek to refine their skills at approaching the work as well as wish to develop new tools for identifying action-based solutions at the movement wide, organizational, and individual levels. Participants can expect to go into a deep exploration of their individual lenses andfilters, and to bravely examine the role of power and privilege in their lives, their work, and in the larger environmental movement. Hosted by the Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE).

Course Schedule:
Monday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Registration includes materials and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cost: $450

For more information click here. To register email:

Holistic Teaching and Learning Conference

September 14 – 17
Ashland, OR

The School of Education at Southern Oregon University will be hosting its 2nd international Holistic Teaching & Learning Conference (HTLC) in Ashland, Oregon. You are warmly invited to attend and participate in this inclusive gathering of educators from many realms of holistic practice. The conference will highlight a diverse and inspiring range of approaches that embrace emotional, social, intellectual, physical, creative, artistic, and spiritual potential.

For more information keep an eye on their website in the weeks to come. Information about proposal submissions can be found here. Registration will open at the end of April.

Holistic Teaching and Learning Conference

September 14 – 17
Ashland, OR

The School of Education at Southern Oregon University will be hosting its 2nd international Holistic Teaching & Learning Conference (HTLC) in Ashland, Oregon. You are warmly invited to attend and participate in this inclusive gathering of educators from many realms of holistic practice. The conference will highlight a diverse and inspiring range of approaches that embrace emotional, social, intellectual, physical, creative, artistic, and spiritual potential.

For more information keep an eye on their website in the weeks to come. Information about proposal submissions will be released in early January.

Exploring Power, Privilege, and Tools for Change

June 12, 13 & 14
Center for Diversity and the Environment
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR

This course engages environmental leaders with a thirst for bringing their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion change work to the next level. This program is ideal for individuals at the intermediate level of understanding barriers to inclusion and equity, and who seek to refine their skills at approaching the work as well as wish to develop new tools for identifying action-based solutions at the movement wide, organizational, and individual levels. Participants can expect to go into a deep exploration of their individual lenses andfilters, and to bravely examine the role of power and privilege in their lives, their work, and in the larger environmental movement.

Course Schedule:

  • Monday        1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday       9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration includes materials and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cost: $450
For more information click here. Contact to register or with questions.

Growing Gardens Summer Camp

July 24 – August 25
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Abernathy Elementary School
2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland

Each week has a theme-oriented towards a certain age group. The teachers are Growing Gardens educators with years of experience using school gardens to inspire young minds. When you register, you can select the week(s) you would like to sign up for:

  • Week 1: July 24 – 28 (K – 2) “Little Farmers: Growing, harvesting and cooking”
  • Week 2: July 31 – August 4 (K – 2) “Creatures of the Garden: Bugs, Worms, and Birds”
  • Week 3: August 14 – 18 (3rd – 5th) “STEM and Roots: Science in the garden”
  • Week 4: August 21 – 25 (3rd – 5th) “Let’s Cook!”

Cost: $295 per child for one week of camp. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Anna Garwood at: . To register click here.

LEED Green Associate Training

May 3
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
PSU, Shattuck Hall – Room #201
1914 SW Park Ave, Portland

Interested in getting involved in the Green Building and sustainability Industry? LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system to certify a building’s sustainability. Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, students and professional can become LEED Accredited themselves.  The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only professional designation used to market yourself to employers and clients and show you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.

Cost: $300 ($200 for full-time students). For more information and to register click here.

GoGreen Conference – Call for Proposals

Friday, May 5 (application deadline)

This year’s Portland 2017 GoGreen Conference will be held October 17th, at the Gerding Theater. The GoGreen Conference is a one-day, interactive sustainability learning experience that empowers business decision-makers with sustainability strategies, tools, and connections to create positive change within their organizations by facilitating environmental, economic, and social performance improvement. With a distinct platform of bringing together leaders from across industries and sectors, GoGreen builds viable networks and cross-pollinates sustainability best practices throughout the regional business community. Our mission is to empower business and governmental decision-makers with sustainability strategies, tools, and connections to createpositive impact at their organizations. Don’t miss this year’s call for Proposals and Speakers, Sessions, Case Studies and Award Nominations!

For more information click here.

Portland Forward’s Leadership Workshop

Saturday, May 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wayfinding Academy
8010 N Charleston Ave, Portland

Inspired by a history of effective change-makers in Portland’s past who organized similar events to address the needs of their day, this event is motivated by the need to put Portlanders in charge of smart public policy that promotes equity and the common good. Portland is at a pivotal point in its history. As our city grows we need to ensure that the people are in charge of the growth and in driving policies that make Portland a city that works for all. In order to accomplish this we need a strong network of leaders, empowered citizens, and equitable opportunities for participating in decision making – – that’s you! We aim to bring together a diverse and multi-generational group of citizens who are invested in leaving this city better than we found it, to empower citizen voices, and make change happen. Through creative collaboration and the right mix of experienced andrising-leaders in the community, we are creating a hybrid unconference-style format in which attendees work together to create solutions for the sustainable growth of our city.

Tickets aresliding-scale: $25-75. Scholarships are available in limited quantity upon request to

For more information and to register click here.

Workshop: Building the Foundation for Diversity

May 15, 16 & 17 
Center for Diversity and the Environment
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR

For those who are newly embarking upon diversity work, this 2½-day course is the first step of a dynamic and rewarding journey. Diversity and inclusion work is not swift: it is an iterative process of awareness building, information gathering, analysis, vision development, planning, and action. There is no magic shortcut. We start by creating a safe space and a forum for deep learning, honest exploration, and open dialogue. From here, we begin to develop an understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our lives, our relationships and our work, and explore the many dimensions of diversity in our personal and professional interactions.

Course Schedule:

  • Monday         1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday         9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration includes materials and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cost:  $450

For more information about the workshop click here. Contact to register or with questions.

Webinar: The Significance of Voluntary Sustainability Standards

Tuesday, May 16
9:00 am

Karin Kreider leads ISEAL, the organization that coordinates the activities of many of the most recognizable sustainability standards and eco-labels.  Karin will introduce the audience to the complex voluntary standards landscape and explain the role of sustainability standards across various sectors and contexts.  She will present specific case studies illustrating how the initiatives of ISEAL members utilize sustainability standards in the US and around the world.  This webinar will assist sustainability educators in understanding the increasing importance of voluntary standards in the sustainability space, whether because of regulatoryroll-backs, or in supply chain management, or as an emerging component of private governance. This workshop is hosted by the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC).

Questions? Email: To register click here. Find more class offerings here.

Health & Nature Forum

Thursday, May 18
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
JADE/APANO Multicultural Space
8114 SE Division St,  Portland

To further the connection between the health and environmental sectors, and to advance important cross-sector work being done in these areas, The Intertwine Alliance continues its series of biannual health & nature forums. Learn more about regional on-the-ground health and nature projects and how to engage and partner with them. Catherine Carlton, deputy director at the Institute at the Golden Gate in San Francisco, will give a keynote on how prescription play programs across the U.S., including the Portland metro area’s own RxPlay pilot, have connected underserved audiences to parks and recreation.

Learn about other projects, too, including: Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge; Greening of Schoolyards; RxPlay; Health & Outdoors, an Oregon Action Initiative; Multnomah County Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); Oregon Climate and Health Program; Safe Routes to Schools; Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers; and ROSE CDC/Lents Green Ring.

The event is free and open to all. Light breakfast will be served.  Please RSVP.  For more information click here. Questions? Email Lauren Gottfredson.

Webinar: Paris, Climate Action, and Renewable Energy Markets

Thursday, May 18
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join renewable energy experts James Lewis and Amy Haddon for an overview of the global RE market. James and Amy will discuss the drivers behind growing opportunities in Mexico, southeast Asia, and Europe, the types of products available in these markets, and how these products can help companies meet their own goals and the goals of their supply chain. Webinars are free for ISSP members. $25 for non-members.

For more information click here.

Seed to Supper Class

Thursdays, May 18 – June 22 (six weeks)
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Beaverton’s Oregon Food Bank
1870 NW 173rd Ave, Beaverton

Tuesdays, May 23 – June 27 (six weeks)
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Portland’s Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Dr, Portland

Seed to Supper is a free 6-week beginning gardening course that gives adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Our garden education programs teach community members to grow food from seed and prioritize fresh produce as a part of a budget-friendly and healthy way to build self-sufficiency. Participants can obtain free produce, learn new gardening and urban farming skills, work outside and meet community members. Course topics include: Garden site and soil development; Garden planning; Planting a garden; Caring for a growing garden; and Harvesting and using garden bounty.

Note: There is a Container Gardening Class on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00 – 8:00pmat Lane Middle School and on Sunday, May 21 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Tualatin Library. For questions or to register for any of these classes contact:

Download a free version of our Seed to Supper curriculum. Find out about more class offerings and how to get free seeds and plant starts here. To sign-up for a class series click here.

Global Reporting Initiative Standards Certification

May 19 – 20
8:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lewis & Clark College
615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland

Lewis & Clark’s Office of Sustainability is hosting a training for students as well as local professionals on the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (GRI). This is a great opportunity for students to expand their professional skills and enhance their resumes. GRI is the first global standard for sustainability reporting. They feature a modular, interrelated structure and represent the global best practice for reporting on a range of economic, environmental, and social impacts. The GRI Standards are suitable for organizations of all sizes, from all sectors, featuring sector specific metrics that can flexibly be adapted to communicate performance in key sustainability areas.

For more information click here.

Webinar: Climate Convenings Toolkit

Tuesday, May 23rd
9:00 – 9:30 am Pacific

The Climate Convenings Toolkit shares the essential elements for effective public conversations on climate change, as well as the practical tools for planning and implementing a convening in your community. The 20+ page guide, geared toward anyone interested in catalyzing deeper conversation, understanding and action on climate change, will be free and downloadable from our website by May 23.

Join our Public Engagement Manager, Jothsna Harris, for the launch of our Climate Convenings Toolkit and practical advice on how to use it.

Register Here.

Webinar: Case Study Teaching for Sustainability & Environmental Education

Tuesday, May 23
1:00 pm

This webinar will be lead by Cynthia Wei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis CenterMinna Brown of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Meghan Wagner a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Central Michigan University. The case study method has long been used as a pedagogical method in fields such as medicine, law, and business, but its use in the fields of sustainability and environmental education is far less established. These leaders in sustainability education are focusing on case studies and collaborating to describe what they see as the challenges faced in designing cases, building a collection of cases, and engaging faculty and others in the creation and use of these cases.

In this webinar, they will discuss efforts by four organizations to develop sustainability and environmental case study resources, in addition to challenges and approaches in designing and implementing case studies for teaching, insights gained through each of our efforts, and resources for case study teaching. This workshop is hosted by the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC).

Questions? Email: To register click here.

E-Course: Intro to Environmental Governance


This 3-hour self-paced course explains how international environmental agreements and policies are made, by whom, and how they are complied with, and enforced. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the strengths and weakness of existing environmental governance regimes. All stakeholders interested in learning about the main aspects of environmental governance regimes, as well as the principal actors involved and needed reforms, can benefit from this course. Prior knowledge is not required to participate. Content is presented in a progressive manner, from generic to specific elements.

The course is a collaborative effort between UNITAR and UN Environment, which expands the learning portfolio available on InforMEA platform. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a joint certificate from UNITAR and UN Environment.

Enroll now – Free of charge!

Webinar: Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities

You can watch a video archive of NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project‘s webinar broadcast – Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunitiespresented by Dr. John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

When you’re done, take less than 2 minutes to complete our post webinar poll.

Intro to Placed-Based Education Design

Saturday, June 17
9:00am – 4:00pm
Southwest Charter School
640 SW Bancroft St, Portland

This is an opportunity for educators to learn about placed-based education and potentially bring it into their classrooms with ongoing support from our expert teachers. The workshop is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Department of Education so we are able to offer a stipend and mileage reimbursement as well as resource materials and ongoing mentorship to public school teachers.

  • Part 1: The initial workshop will give participants an intro to place-based education design and prepare participants for creating their own curriculum.
  • Part 2: Mentorship and Implementation (Summer 2017 –  Spring 2018). Participants work one-on-one with Southwest Charter School teacher mentors to develop and implement their curricular units.
  • Part 3: Sharing and Evaluation Workshop – (Spring 2018). In the final workshop, participants and mentor teachers come together to share their units and talk about next steps.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested (and we hope you are!), please feel free to contact the grant manager, Sarah Korach at:

Webinar: Lean Thinking – Process Management Made Easy

Tuesday – Thursday, June 20 – 22
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This six-hour online course will challenge your ideas about how you think about and evaluate the work you do. Our Lean Master certified instructor, Brion Hurley, is Principal Lean Consultant at Rockwell Collins. He will introduce the history of Lean concepts, derived from the Toyota Production System, and explain how and why they have come full-circle back to the United States. Results of Lean initiatives have led to increased customer and stakeholder satisfaction, reduced costs, reduced risks, increased sales, and more flexible and agile organizations. Examples of lean successes can be found within city and state agencies, utilities, nonprofits, law firms, military, public schools, startup companies, movie studios and even farming!

After completing this course, attendees will be able to explain the core principles of Lean, identify waste in their processes, and become familiar with tools and techniques that can help reduce or eliminate the waste in the processes where they work and volunteer. This workshop is hosted by WoodwardBizMediaa business-to-business publishing company that publishes titles such as Sustainable City Network magazine and Energy-Tech magazine; and the Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC), which delivers tailored courses on current policy, standards, technology and regulations for environmental professionals.

For more information about the workshop click here.

F2O: FOREST to OCEAN Educator’s Academy

July 10-14, 2017
9AM – 5 PM each day
Oregon State University Campus
Corvallis, Oregon

F2O: Forest to Ocean Educator’s Academy is a unique Summer Session program offered by Oregon State University. Immerse yourself in a week-long exploration of forest and marine environments, discovering how those environments can be used to teach others about Oregon’s abundant natural resources. Explore the use of natural resources and outdoor landscapes as a means of teaching others about science, ecology, mathematics, social science, history, and the language arts.

Join instructors Amy Hoffman (College of Education) and Dave Stemper (College of Forestry) in outdoor investigations that find you earning graduate credit or professional development units while journeying from Willamette Valley forest to coastal estuary & beach.

To reserve your spot, visit Oregon State University Summer Session and register for one of the following courses: FES 430/530-Forest as Classroom or SED 435/535-Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences.

Webinar: Not Business as Usual: Fostering Civic Engagement on Climate Change

Wednesday, July 12
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PDT

Scientists are in consensus that the world needs to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and this cannot be accomplished by institutions acting alone to reduce their own impacts. This webinar introduces ways higher education can advance climate policies through education and civic engagement. We will discuss ideas for building consensus, seeking common ground, and moving towards solutions in a non-partisan way; share resources available for modeling civic engagement; and discuss where higher education institutions can have the greatest leverage.

Register Today.

Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC)

Monday, July 17 (Proposals due)

WOHESC is a platform for empowering and inspiring change, facilitating action, and for sharing, networking, and collaboration related to sustainability within the region’s higher education institutions. The leadership team invites you to participate in the conference at Portland State University, February 6-8, 2018, by submitting a presentation proposal by July 17.

Find out more at

Joanna Macy: Taking Heart in Troubled Times

Saturday, August 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Portland Insight Meditation Center
6536 SE Duke Street, Portland

Eco-philosopher, Buddhist scholar, and Rilke translator Joanna Macy, PhD, is a visionary leader in the movements to heal our planet, reignite our interconnected humanity, and chart a meaningful path into the future for our children. The modalities in her “Work That Reconnects” encourage engaged spirituality and activism for the benefit of all beings. Joanna is widely recognized for the theoretical framework and eclectic experiential processes she has developed to support a shift toward a more compassionate, creative, and eco-centric awareness of being. In 2013, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bioneers Foundation.

Vegetarian lunch included. Workshop Cost is $125. Space is limited and tickets may sell out quickly. So, so you might want to register asap. There are a limited number of scholarships available for youth activists 16 – 26 years old. Scholarship applications are due by July 7.

For more information click here.

GoGreen Conference

Tuesday, October 17

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 to register, click here.

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