Resources

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: scp@unitar.org

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 Lindsey@earthleaders.org 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: cmcqueeney@conservationdistrict.org 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.

Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer: Hands on Greater Portland

Hands On Greater Portland connects individuals and groups with volunteer opportunities that make a meaningful, rewarding change in the Portland area. Build a house. Tutor a child. Care for abandoned pets. Build hiking trails. Lead a volunteer group. Join a nonprofit Board.

Whether you are working, parenting, in school or retired, Hands On Greater Portland offers you a variety of ways to get involved while meeting your schedule and interests. Volunteer for a one-time project. Volunteer for a few weeks. Volunteer after work or on the weekends. Volunteer alone, with family, friends or co-workers. Get connected. Get more done. Have fun. You might even change the world.

To learn more about the program, click here.

Internship: NWEI Curriculum and Research

July 31 (application deadline)

The Curriculum and Research Intern will work closely with the Director of Learning and the Director of Organizational and Higher Education Partnerships in developing and publicizing a new program on leading for change. The internship will last nine months, starting in September 2017 and ending in May 2018. The Intern is expected to work part-time (approximately 10 hours per week).

Job duties include, but are not limited to: Conducting research on sustainability topics; Pursuing permissions contracts; Proofreading and editing; Compiling information; Developing learning activities; Writing author bios/by-lines; Data analysis and entry; and Research and outreach related to discussion course launch.

For more information click here.

Volunteer: Hands on Greater Portland

Beat the heat! It’s COOL to volunteer!  There are so many ways to get involved and have fun, in or out of the sun!  You could:

Learn more at: https://www.handsonportland.org/.

GPSEN Fellowships, Internships, and Volunteering

There are many ways to get involved in GPSEN!  Consider becoming a fellow, intern, volunteer, or committee or working group member to make a difference.  Credit and non-credit opportunities are available for internships. Contact Neeraja Havaligi for the Fellows program and Lin Harmon-Walker for internships and other volunteer opportunities.  Current openings include:

  • GPSEN Fellows.  Open to graduate students and professionals with particular research interests and skills. Fellows are part of our Think Tank.
  • Outreach & Communications. We are currently looking for an intern with design experience using the MailChimp platform and to assist with other social media and outreach tasks.
  • Governance Intern. Learn non-profit management skills by becoming part of our management team.
  • Development & Grant Writing. Help build GPSEN’s capacity and valuable fund-raising skills by helping our Development Committee identify and write grant applications.
  • Marketing and Website Development. We are currently looking for volunteers with marketing or web development skills to join our Outreach and Communications Committee and help us supercharge GPSEN’s capacity to reach everyone in our region and in our international network.
  • Create your own position! Have a skill you would like to apply and develop? Let’s talk about how we can support each other.

Internship: Carnivore Research Support

October 6 (application deadline)
October 16 – April 30 (internship)

Cascadia Wild, a Portland-based 501c(3) nonprofit, seeks an intern to support the operations of the Wolverine Tracking Project, a citizen science project that uses wildlife cameras and snow tracking surveys to monitor rare carnivores in the Mt Hood National Forest. The intern will gain experience in all aspects of supporting a field-based citizen science research project, including equipment maintenance, data processing and analysis, and volunteer management. Work will be done at Cascadia Wild’s Northeast Portland office on a regular weekly schedule. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in additional fieldwork on weekends as availability allows.

For more information, click here.

Job: Communication & Program Specialist

This full-time position will support the Clackamas River Basin Council’s mission by developing communication materials and engaging with the public to promote streamside restoration, education, and volunteer opportunities. The Communication & Program Specialist will develop and update communication materials for landowner outreach and for programs that focus on engaging rural and urban participants in CRBC activities and offerings. Duties will include one-on-one meetings and event planning to promote the importance of riparian restoration, pesticide reduction, and watershed care. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organization skills, good attention to detail, and a passion for natural resource management and landowner stewardship.

For more information click here.

Job: World Forestry Center Executive Director

The World Forestry Center is a Portland, Oregon-based 50-year old non-profit that offers a preeminent annual timber investment conference, a growing array of professional development events, and a residential international forest research fellowship program. The Center also operates an open-to-the-public museum that is increasingly focused on the exploration of issues critical to global sustainable forestry, two offsite tree farms, and event facilities on a 5.25-acre campus with four buildings. As we face an ever-growing need for sustainable products and increased demands on the planet’s natural resources, The World Forestry Center is dedicated to creating and inspiring champions of sustainable forestry by educating and connecting people to the importance of forestry.

To learn more about the position, click here.

Internship: Course Development Internship

Lumen Learning, an Open Educational Resource (OER) Technology start-up in Portland, Oregon, is currently looking for graduate students or anyone with a strong interest in education to help build out the content in a few of their courses.

For more information click here.

Fellowship: SAGE Legacy Fellows

October 21 (fellowship launches)

SAGE also invites older adults to join SAGE’s Legacy Fellowship program. Changing the world, even just a corner of it, takes more than good intentions. If you’re like most people, it can be difficult to decide what to do and how to start. Together, with other Fellows, SAGE’s coach and advisors will help you define an area of need and then break down a solution into small steps. Upon completion, you’ll have turned your good intentions into a project that has changed your corner for the better.

Space is limited, so apply today.

Grant & Awards

Wege Prize 2018

Wednesday, November 15 (applications due)

Wege Prize 2018 is looking for undergraduate and graduate students who want to work together to re-think and re-design the way our economies work by creating regenerative solutions that have a widespread and lasting impact. Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the world is eligible to participate.

For more information, click here.

International Schools Essay Competition and Debate

December 15 (essay submission deadline)

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren (ages 7-17) around the world to tell us their best ideas for conserving the world’s oceans and marine resources.  One overall Grand Prize Winner (plus teacher and parent) will receive a free trip to the TSL International Schools Debates in the Seychelles in early July 2018, while the top essays will receive special recognition as Finalists or Honourable Mentions. All participants are encouraged to attend the debates, which are a wonderful learning opportunity for children, teachers and parents alike (see highlights from the previous competition on climate action here). The 2018 essay competition and debate will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goal #14.

For more information click here.

Curriculum Resources

New NWEI book: Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions

NW Earth Institute’s newest discussion course book is now available! Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions is a brand new five-session interactive ebook, which integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans. Sessions integrate a systems thinking perspective and address climate denial while also presenting positive examples of changes underway at both the local and global levels. To order a review copy, click here.

New Interactive Education Module on Climate Change Effects

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) has released a new online interactive education module on climate change effects on forests and grasslands. The module, “Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands: What You Need to Know“, gives a brief overview of climate change effects on water resources, vegetation growth, wildlife, and disturbances. The CCRC’s first education module, “Climate Change Science and Modeling“, provides a basic climate change foundation, and this new module builds on that foundation, examining climate change effects around the country. Interactive features allow users to control their learning experience, with opportunities to explore outside links, learn relevant facts, and explore examples of effects on different ecosystems.  The main material is followed by an activity specific to the eastern or western United States, and completing the activity will generate a personalized certificate.  The module was designed to be approachable and flexible for busy professionals and others, like the general public, who wish to understand observed and projected climate change effects.  Both modules help the Forest Service continue to make progress on the Climate Change Scorecard by giving all employees access to new education options. The climate change modules are available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc/climate-basics/education.

Climate Wizard

Thanks to the Nature Conservancy, the Climate Wizard provides access to leading climate change information and the ability to visualize impacts that may occur anywhere on Earth. Check out the details at: http://www.climatewizard.org/

Green Guide for Universities

The ten universities that comprise the International Alliance of Research Universities released a new publication which addresses key areas of sustainability at universities. The guide provides 23 inspiring real-world examples of environmental, financial, and social successes.

International Sustainability Literacy Test

The International Sustainability Literacy Test is a free, on-line multiple choice question assessment, with customized versions for different countries and regions of the world. It attempts to assess a student’s basic level of knowledge about sustainability – including social and environmental responsibility – and can be administered in any college-level course, undergraduate or graduate. It is designed to provide the first world-wide picture of the sustainability knowledge of our students.  More than 150 academics, NGOs, corporations, and volunteers from 25 countries participated in the development and early testing phase of the tool, and the current target is to have 100,000 students take the test.  Colleagues at Kedge Business School in France are leading the effort, working with many other countries to develop the test instrument and process.

The piloting phase is occurring through September.  Please consider participating by signing up and administering the test during the next few weeks.  For questions, contact the U.S. National & Regional Committee at USA@sustainabilitytest.org or the General Secretariat for the test at contact@sustainabilitytest.org.

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan Toward a Sustainable Future (No Oregon Child Left Inside):

As a measure of commitment towards protecting our heritage for years to come, the State of Oregon passed legislation to create this environmental literacy plan (HB2544), designed to ensure that every student in Oregon becomes a lifelong steward of their environment and community, willing and able to exercise the rights and responsibilities of environmental citizenship, choosing to interact frequently with the outdoor environment, equipped with multifaceted knowledge of our relationship to the environment and its resources, and prepared to address challenges with sound decisions for our future.

United Nations University RCE

There are currently 127 acknowledged RCEs worldwide. An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations, mobilized to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities.

UNU-IAS Policy Report:  Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health The United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) shared this report on Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages with the global RCE network.  Given the recent attention on universal and improved health care access for all, there is a renewed interest to strengthen the potential of traditional medicine and health practitioners to fulfill this role. There are several initiatives at the macro and local levels that exemplify good practice in achieving both sustainable use of natural resources for traditional medical purposes, as well as accessibility for marginal and local communities. Ensuring sustained availability of biological resources and sufficient access to good quality health care for all members of society is a clear and necessary objective.

Northwest Earth Institute

NWEI’s discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course.

Oregon Educator Network (OEN)

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education, educators across Oregon can have free access to resources. The Oregon Educator Network (OEN) provides resources and conversation tools that are helpful in a variety of ways, including providing access to our PSS Environmental Education group within OEN. Join the group today!

Here is the link to get started: http://www.oregonednet.org

AACC SEED Center

The Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center is a leadership initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges that provides strategic guidance and resources for community colleges to support programs that educate America’s 21st century workforce to meet the changing demands of the clean economy. For more details and resources, check out the SEED Center website.

AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Hub

The Campus Sustainability Hub is an online resource library that allows AASHE members to connect, share and learn about sustainability in higher education. The Hub is designed to raise the visibility of institutions’ sustainability programs and materials, and to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Users can submit resources to share information on their programs and achievements. Please see our Submission Guidelines to learn more.

Resource: Ocean Sustainability Teaching Module

InTeGrate is pleased to announce the publication of the complete  Ocean Sustainability  teaching moduleThis 2-to 3-week module introduces the importance of oceans, basic ocean processes, and impacts of human activity on ocean health. It aims to increase awareness of our dependence on and responsibility for the largest habitat on Earth. Materials encourage systems thinking by addressing physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of the oceans. Students study the oceans from these multiple perspectives using scientific data and engaging activities designed to support higher-level thinking. Ocean Sustainability is a great fit for courses in oceanography, environmental science, physical geography, marine biology, sustainability courses and marine science courses.

For more information about InTeGrate visit their website or click here for more information about their Ocean Sustainability module.

PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions Impact Report 2016

Our latest report highlights our best work from the previous academic year and celebrates students, community members, and academics working together to create strategies and programs for more equitable, livable cities.

Thanks for your partnership and interest in this work. We look forward to all that is possible in the coming year as we strive together to create a better future for our community, region, and world.

Read more, here.

Resource: Climate Change Education Guide

The final version of Climate Change Education Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers and the Public, produced by the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Alliance, is now available.

This guide provides recommendations for effective education and communication practices when working with different types of audiences. While effective education has been traditionally defined as the acquisition of knowledge, Alliance programs maintain a broader definition of “effective” to include the acquisition and use of climate change knowledge to inform decision-making. The CCEP Alliance is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance exemplary climate change education through research and practice.

 

New Online Knowledge Hub on Sustainable Development Goals

This new online knowledge hub provides an unparalleled view of multilateral, national and sub-national efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s SDG Knowledge Hub consolidates our Policy & Practice knowledge bases—and the tens of thousands of published articles contained within them. Focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its Sustainable Development Goals, the platform draws on IISD’s network of experts to provide real-time information on SDG implementation.

Content is organized and searchable according to the 17 SDGs. Information is also categorized according to actors and regional groups. A comprehensive calendar provides details on events that address SDG policy and practice.

To access the SDG Knowledge, Hub click here.

NOAA Climate Explorer

NOAA’s newly updated Climate Explorer offers downloadable maps, graphs, and data tables of observed and projected temperature, precipitation and related climate variables dating back to 1950 and out to 2100 for every county in the contiguous United States. Built to accompany the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Climate Explorer helps community leaders, business owners, municipal planners, and utility and resource managers understand how environmental conditions may change over the next several decades.

For more information about the new version of Climate Explorer, click here.

Applications for 2017 UNU-IAS MSc and PhD programmes

UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for September 2017 admission to its MSc and PhD in Sustainability Science Programme. The application deadlines are 28 February 2017 (MSc) and 28 April 2017 (PhD). Read more

The Japan Foundation for United Nations University (JFUNU) is offering scholarships to students from developing countries. It covers the full tuition fees, and provides a monthly allowance of 150,000 JPY for living expenses for two years. Deadline is 28 April 2017.Read more

Community Climate Change Education: A Mosaic of Approaches

A book for practitioners and innovators featuring twenty-six stories from the field, shared by the EECapacity and NAAEE Community Climate Change Fellows, with information and resources on over a dozen approaches to community climate change education, from public art, resilience gardening, and climate justice, to social innovation, marine science, and youth programming.

For details and to download, click here.

Resource: NGSS CLEAN Collection

The CLEAN collection is now aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). There are multiple ways you can search the collection using NGSS.

1) NGSS browse – a user-friendly search portal into the collection
2) NGSS at a Glance – overview of all NGSS standards that are relevant to climate and energy with clickable resource links
3) Use the regular search interface and use the filters.

Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change

The Museum of the Earth’s “Teacher Friendly Guide to Climate Change” is an excellent alternative to the Heartland Institute’s anti-climate science publication being distributed to teachers around the country.  This NSF-funded project includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized. The focus audience is high school Earth science and environmental science teachers, and it is written with an eye toward the kind of information and graphics that a secondary school teacher might need in the classroom.

For more details, check out The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change.  If you are interested, they also are trying to crowdsource funding to distribute around 100,000 copies to teachers in the Northeast.  They are aiming to eventually increase this to cover all the teachers in the US.

NWEI Discussion Course Materials

This summer, spend time doing the things you love. Are there trails you’ve been wanting to explore? Work to do in your own garden or a community garden? Take a pause to celebrate the season. Connect with local, seasonal foods, reconnect with nature, build community and take action on the things that matter most in your life. Consider gathering with others for a summer discussion group on Menu for the FutureHungry for Change or Reconnecting With Earth.

For more information and a full list of discussion course materials click here.

Green Teacher – Video Submissions

For many years, youth educators around the world have shared their innovative learning activities and teaching strategies in Green Teacher magazine.  In 2011, we launched a popular webinar series as a way of providing another medium for sharing great green teaching strategies.   In 2016, we taped our first 6 videos, which we will be releasing in the coming months.  Now in 2017, we’re officially welcoming anyone and everyone to send us short videos.  Once published on YouTube, we’ll highlight your video(s) on our website and in our social media.   Keep your videos between 3 – 10 minutes in length.  Five minutes is an ideal length, whereas longer ones usually lose viewers.

For information click here.

Resource: Truth in 10 Slideshow

Join former VP Al Gore as he speaks truth to power! Download Gore’s conversation slides and help spread a simple message that the climate crisis is urgent, but the solutions are at hand.

Download slideshow.

Resource: Crafting the Future

The Fall 2017 edition of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly paints a picture of what the future holds for green, healthy, sustainable schools. Feature articles cover topics ranging from citizenship in the classroom, healthy school food, and zero energy design to current trends driving the green schools movement.

For the full issue, click here.

Resource: Teaching Teens About Climate Change

Green Teacher’s newest book, which will be published later this month, brings together 12 articles and activities to aid educators working with high school-aged students with the intention of taking teens from despair to empowerment, helping them appreciate the difference between cap and trade and carbon taxes, exploring the environmental impacts of the tar sands, providing options for sustainable transportation, among other topics.

For more information click here.

NOAA Climate Stewards Book Club

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP)provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship.  During the 2017/2018 academic year NOAA Climate Stewards is hosting a book club – anyone can participate!

For more information, click here. For questions, contact Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov.

Publications & Media Opportunities

International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education

Call for Papers: International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education

The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is seeking papers for its next issue. Papers can include original research, advocacy articles, articles on teaching practice, resource reviews, and more. Help advance the profession of early childhood environmental education by contributing your research, experience, or point of view. Read more.

Sustainability: The Journal of Record

Sustainability: The Journal of Record invites you to get to know their publication: a journal that aims to be a major voice in the sustainability community. This bi-monthly publication documents sustainability programs in higher education and business; it provides the central forum for academia as well as for-profit and nonprofit institutions to share best practices and learn from one another’s progress.

Book: A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World

Mid-February (publication)
Pre-orders Open Now

A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World is the newest course book from Northwest Earth Institute. A Different Way will help you rediscover a way of life that’s simpler and driven by what matters most. 

This course will give you an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and intentionality, and to connect, reflect and act on your relationship with time, technology, material possessions and media. A Different Way is currently available for pre-order and will be available in paperback and ebook in mid-February. This course is a great way to engage your community, friends, or neighbors in dialogue and action in 2017, and we hope you’ll consider organizing a course this Spring!

Click here to pre-order your copy today!  Use the code ADW5 to receive $5 off!

Resource: A Decade of Progress on ESD

Check out this great report from the UNESCO Chairs Programme: A Decade of Progress on Education for Sustainable Development.  With the 2-year anniversary of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals on September 25, this publication is particularly timely.

Resource: United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities

The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) collaborative initiative has published a new publication on “Connecting cities and communities with the Sustainable Development Goals.” Sixteen United Nations bodies contributed to the development of reports focusing on how cities can use information and communication technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For a free copy, click here.

Resource: Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched a report of its 2016 global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). They surveyed 120 higher education institutions worldwide with a goal of understanding the key role higher education plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results underline that universities are involved in sustainable development and integrate it in their strategic development plans. However, there is still room for progress. In this publication you will find inspiring sustainability initiatives undertaken by IAU Members worldwide, so get inspired and commit to the SDGs!

Other Resources

Climate Change Challenge Badge

The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) supports the achievement of the SDGs through activities such as the UN Challenge Badges and by encouraging young people to be active citizens in their communities. The climate change challenge badge is now available! Read more

Community Resource: Share Oregon

Share Oregon continues to grow as a free online community resource started by EEAO board member and GPSEN partner, Rick Reynolds. Check it out and feel free to post your events, activities, volunteer opportunities, and more!

Clearing Magazine

Clearing Magazine is a communications and teaching tool for environmental literacy in the Pacific Northwest. Please check out this valuable resource and consider subscribing to the newsletter.

Native Plant Flashcards for Sale

Our Native Plant flashcards are for sale

Our Native Plant flashcards are for sale. These beautiful kid friendly cards include 40 native plants of the Pacific Northwest. They are grouped by habitat type and contain beautiful photos, illustrations, and loads of helpful information such as landscape uses, growing environment, plantip tipes, way cool facts and much more.

We need to make space in our storage facility so we are selling these cards below wholesale value. Buy one for $8.00 or 10 or more for $6.00 each. Shipping costs is extra.

Contact our 4-H office to order your set today by emailing maureen.hosty@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon Educator Network (OEN)

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education, educators across Oregon can have free access to resources. The Oregon Educator Network (OEN) provides resources and conversation tools that are helpful in a variety of ways, including providing access to our PSS Environmental Education group within OEN. Join the group today!

Here is the link to get started: http://www.oregonednet.org

Resource: AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Hub

The Campus Sustainability Hub is an online resource library that allows AASHE members to connect, share and learn about sustainability in higher education The Hub is designed to raise the visibility of institutions’ sustainability programs and materials, and to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Users can submit resources to share information on their programs and achievements. Please see our Submission Guidelines to learn more.

Resource: NOAA Climate Explorer

NOAA’s newly updated Climate Explorer offers downloadable maps, graphs, and data tables of observed and projected temperature, precipitation and related climate variables dating back to 1950 and out to 2100 for every county in the contiguous United States. Built to accompany the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Climate Explorer helps community leaders, business owners, municipal planners, and utility and resource managers understand how environmental conditions may change over the next several decades.

For more information about the new version of Climate Explorer, click here.

Resources: ForeverCurious

ForeverCurious is a group of educators and librarians who curate information online.  We’ve recently gathered green and eco friendly resources as our way of helping save the environment for the long term. They have recommended some resources you may have missed:  

Getting Started with Green Living
Shopping Green for Your Pet
Guide to Green Parenting
Finding and Organizing Green Storage
Guide to Green Modifications for the Home

After-School Tutoring Program

Mondays and Wednesdays
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The CENTER
3510 N. Vancouver Ave (cross-street Fremont) Portland, OR

Could your students use a little extra help with their homework? Would they benefit from some free tutoring by experienced educators? Would they like a productive space to study? Perhaps they could use help with college applications or scholarship essays. The CENTER is launching an after-school drop-in tutoring program for youth, ages 11-18, in North/Northeast Portland.

We are looking for experienced and/or retired educators to donate a little of their time to students in need of help with their academics. If you have experience teaching or tutoring in any academic discipline, please consider joining our staff We’re especially interested in volunteers who have connections to the neighborhood surrounding the CENTER.

Want to know more?  Go to: www.thecenterpdx.org

ShareOregon

Started by EEAO board member Rick Reynolds, ShareOregon continues to grow as a free online community resource that highlights events and resources in Oregon. Check it out and feel free to post your events, activities, volunteer opportunities, and more!

Book: A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World

Mid-February (publication)
Pre-orders Open Now

A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World is the newest course book from Northwest Earth Institute. A Different Way will help you rediscover a way of life that’s simpler and driven by what matters most. 

This course will give you an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and intentionality, and to connect, reflect and act on your relationship with time, technology, material possessions and media. A Different Way is currently available for pre-order and will be available in paperback and ebook in mid-February. This course is a great way to engage your community, friends, or neighbors in dialogue and action in 2017, and we hope you’ll consider organizing a course this Spring!

Click here to pre-order your copy today!  Use the code ADW5 to receive $5 off!

ISSP-SA Credentials for Sustainability Professionals

April 8 (application deadline)
April 22 (exam deadline)

As global events unfold, it’s clear that the work of sustainability professionals is more important than ever. So is the importance of gaining recognition for that work. The ISSP-SA credential is recognition of the knowledge, skills, and abilities you apply to your sustainability work each and every day.

In order to help you prepare for the exam, we offer an ISSP-SA Study Guide and Flash Cards. Plus, you can take advantage of ISSP Membership for discounts on the exam and study materials.

If you have questions, be sure to visit our FAQ or check out the Candidate Handbook. If you can’t find the answers there, please email certification@sustainabilityprofessionals.org.
Don’t wait to earn your credential; register today!

Ocean Sustainability Teaching Module

InTeGrate is pleased to announce the publication of the complete Ocean Sustainability teaching module. This 2-to 3-week module introduces the importance of oceans, basic ocean processes, and impacts of human activity on ocean health. It aims to increase awareness of our dependence on and responsibility for the largest habitat on Earth. Materials encourage systems thinking by addressing physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of the oceans. Students study the oceans from these multiple perspectives using scientific data and engaging activities designed to support higher-level thinking. Ocean Sustainability is a great fit for courses in oceanography, environmental science, physical geography, marine biology, sustainability courses and marine science courses.

For more information about InTeGrate visit their website or click here for more information about their Ocean Sustainability module.

Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives

This new publication targets policy-makers, curriculum developers and educators. It contains learning objectives and suggestions for classroom activities to address each of the SDGs as well as guidance on how to integrate ESD into policies and teaching.

To download the publication, click here.

Resource: This Changes Everything Study Guide & Lesson Plan

Whether teachers in the US would be comfortable using this in classrooms remains to be seen given the political/activist focus of this curriculum, but for some students this will be just what they need to tackle the climate challenge. A free guide is now available for the Naomi Klein book and film, “This Changes Everything,” targeted at grades 9-12. Its aim is to help look critically at the idea of how our economic system’s push for continual growth impacts both the environment and quality of life for all people.

The study guide includes a lesson plan, handouts, excerpts from Klein’s book, video clips, and resources. For more information, click here.

Resource: Oregon Educator Network (OEN)

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education, educators across the state can have free access to resources. The Oregon Educator Network (OEN) provides resources and conversation tools that are helpful in a variety of ways, including providing access to our PSS Environmental Education group within OEN.

For more information, check out their website: http://www.oregonednet.org

Resource: AACC SEED Center

The Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center is a leadership initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges that provides strategic guidance and resources for community colleges to support programs that educate America’s 21st century workforce to meet the changing demands of the clean economy. For more details and resources, check out the SEED Center website.

Sustainability Literacy Test

The new platform for assessing sustainability literacy is available! This assessment and learning instrument is free to use and is designed to create and nurture an awareness of both global and local sustainability challenges and solutions and highlights how to be effective at creating systemic change.

TheSulitest can be used within individual courses, across universities, and by businesses and communities, with standard and customizable formats. Use the Sulitest to help improve education for sustainable development in the US and internationally. You are encouraged to provide feedback on the new version to assist us with the process of continuous improvement, and become part of the group of researchers using the data.  For more information, go to www.sulitest.org.

 

Sustainability Literacy Test

In September 2015, the 193 UN member states adopted Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From the beginning, the Sulitest has been committed to supporting the SDGs. A new Sulitest module created by UN-DESA, with questions focused on the SDGs, is now available for universities and businesses all over the world. A great addition to classes, test your students’ and staff’s knowledge on sustainability practices and the UN’s Global Goals.

To learn more, go to the Sulitest website.

Citizen Science Project Survey

Help us shape new citizen science projects that explore the atmosphere. Citizen science, also known as Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) or crowdsourcing, involves the public in assisting with scientific research. The goal of this survey is to learn what citizen science project ideas related to the science at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are of interest to K-12 education, informal education, and the general public. We’d like to hear from you! The information you share will help shape how we involve the public and students with citizen science research projects in the future.

Take the survey now!

Edible Schoolyard Network

The Edible Schoolyard Network connects educators around the world to build and share a K-12 edible education curriculum. Add your own school program, learn about programs around the world, and access resources for growing your initiatives.

http://edibleschoolyard.org/network

Green Teacher

​Green Teacher Video Channel Share your innovative environmental, outdoor learning, or sustainability lessons. Visit http://greenteacher.com/send-us-your-videos/ for information.

Education for SDGs – Learning Objectives

UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal (#4), which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

This new publication targets educators, policy-makers, and curriculum developers. It contains learning objectives and suggestions for classroom activities to address each of the SDGs as well as guidance on how to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into policies and teaching.

To download the publication, click here.

The Intertwine Alliance’s Daycation APP

The Intertwine Alliance‘s Daycation APP offers personalized adventures combining natural areas with fun urban waypoints. Click here to learn more about the app –including a Youth Engagement Opportunity with ROSE Community Development.

UN Environment Live

UN Environment Live is a free, dynamic, open access, on-line platform for sharing data and knowledge to keep the environment under review. Environment Live supports environmental policy through foresight, outlooks and assessments and providing capacity building for countries to achieve the Goals of Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development.

GreenPrint for Becoming a Green, Healthy, and Sustainable School

In the green schools movement, we talk a lot about creating healthy learning environments, spaces that are water and energy efficient; have superior indoor air quality; and produce little to no waste. We also talk a lot about how we can use these spaces as learning tools to teach students 21st century skills and how to be better environmental and community stewards. However, in our attempts to hold up sustainable school environments as models of the future, we often neglect to consider the third pillar of a green, healthy, and sustainable school: the health and well-being of students and staff. Learn more in Green Schools National Network’s GreenPrint for Becoming a Green, Healthy, and Sustainable School.

Resource: Beyond Doom and Gloom – Engage in Climate Solutions

Are you or your students worried about climate change? Are you connecting your students to high impact solutions? This initiative uses expert, easy-to-use materials that involve students in important civic engagement solutions.  They can be used in any course and in campus activities. Visit the students’ page (including a motivating two-minute video), the educators’ page, and the webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

Resource: SAGE’s Young Adult LAB

SAGE announces its new Young Adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB), a team of eleven young leaders who strongly believe in our mission and programs. Over the next year, our LAB Leaders will share advice and encouragement to strengthen our workshops and trainings, and find new ways to connect younger and older generations to give forward together. Click here to meet our LAB Leaders.

Green Teacher – Video Submissions

For many years, youth educators around the world have shared their innovative learning activities and teaching strategies in Green Teacher magazine.  In 2011, we launched a popular webinar series as a way of providing another medium for sharing great green teaching strategies.   In 2016, we taped our first 6 videos, which we will be releasing in the coming months.  Now in 2017, we’re officially welcoming anyone and everyone to send us short videos.  Once published on YouTube, we’ll highlight your video(s) on our website and in our social media.   Keep your videos between 3 – 10 minutes in length.  Five minutes is an ideal length, whereas longer ones usually lose viewers.

For information click here.

Resource: A Decade of Progress on ESD

Check out this great report from the UNESCO Chairs Programme: A Decade of Progress on Education for Sustainable Development.  With the 2-year anniversary of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals on September 25, this publication is particularly timely.

Resource: SAGE’s Young Adult LAB

SAGE announces its new Young Adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB), a team of eleven young leaders who strongly believe in our mission and programs. Over the next year, our LAB Leaders will share advice and encouragement to strengthen our workshops and trainings, and find new ways to connect younger and older generations to give forward together. Click here to meet our LAB Leaders.

Resource: United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities

The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) collaborative initiative has published a new publication on “Connecting cities and communities with the Sustainable Development Goals.” Sixteen United Nations bodies contributed to the development of reports focusing on how cities can use information and communication technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For a free copy, click here.

Resource: Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched a report of its 2016 global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). They surveyed 120 higher education institutions worldwide with a goal of understanding the key role higher education plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results underline that universities are involved in sustainable development and integrate it in their strategic development plans. However, there is still room for progress. In this publication you will find inspiring sustainability initiatives undertaken by IAU Members worldwide, so get inspired and commit to the SDGs!