Resources

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 programs@lostvalley.org, 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: admin@cdeinspires.org.

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 admin@cdeinspires.org 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: anna@growing-gardens.org . 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 portlandfwd@gmail.com.

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 admin@cdeinspires.org 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: admin@curriculumforsustainability.org. 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: sbickford@oregonfoodbank.org.

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: admin@curriculumforsustainability.org. To register click here.

E-Course: Intro to Environmental Governance

On-going

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
Free

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 wohesc.org.

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.

Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

GPSEN Fellowships, Internships, and Volunteering

There are many ways to sets to get involved in GPSEN! Consider becoming a fellow, intern, volunteer, committee or working group member to make a difference. Our new GPSEN Fellows position offers a great opportunity for individuals with particular research interests and skills to dig deeper into sustainability issues, in addition to serving in a valuable advisory role. Credit and non-credit opportunities are available for internships.

Job: Ecology Education Assistant (part-time)

Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors is a unique place to work. Every individual is working toward our mission of connecting students to nature. We value our team and trust one another to get our individual jobs done in working toward a greater good. The nature of our programming allows for some flexibility in work hours and locations – while we enjoy our time together as a team in the office, we recognize that sometimes the most effective work happens elsewhere. We value learning, and provide opportunities for our team to grow professionally through new skills training, conferences, and mentoring. Staff and board respect each other’s commitment to organizational success. At ECO, we are all working for the good of the organization and the good of the communities we serve.

For more information click here.

Job: Audubon Society Director of Development

Monday, April 3 (application deadline)

Audubon Society of Portland seeks a Development Director to manage a proven and diverse array of fundraising programs, applying steady leadership to untapped opportunities with major donors, foundations, and membership.

Check out this link for details.

 

Volunteer: NW Outdoor Science School

March 12 – June 2

NW Outdoor Science School, a program of the NW Regional Education Service District, is looking for college students to volunteer for our program as Student Leaders, who spend a week leading activities and teaching environmental science to the sixth-graders. Student Leaders have the opportunity to learn many skills, including leadership, teamwork, and education. We provide a full day of training before the 6th graders arrive and staff are on-site to offer support at all times. Our Spring session runs from March 12th  – June 2nd and we have 11 weeks of camp available within that time.

To learn more, visit our new website:  www.nwoutdoorschool.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 James Reed for the Fellows program and Kim Smith for internships.  Current openings include:

  • GPSEN Fellows.  Open to graduate students and professionals with particular research interests and skills. Fellows are part of our Think Tank.
  • Social Media Intern. Join our outreach team and help share GPSEN’s story.
  • Website Intern. Help manage GPSEN’s website, with bi-weekly updates of events and resources from our newsletter.  Must have some WordPress experience.
  • Development & Grant Writing. Help build GPSEN’s capacity and your skills by helping our Development Committee identify and write grant applications.
  • Create your own position! Have a skill you would like to apply and develop? Let’s talk about how we can support each other.

Volunteer: Naturalist Training

Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ridgefield & Steigerwald Lake NWRs

Join us for the most fun and interactive volunteer training of the season.Whether you have experience or are looking to learn something new, this training is for you! We meet at Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake to give volunteers a well-rounded view of habitats, wildlife. and culture in the area. Volunteers teach students, engage visitors, help with on and offsite events, and much much more. T

For the first time, the annual Plankhouse Volunteer Training will be a part of this naturalist training series. Those interested specifically in being a Plankhouse volunteer should inquire on how to get certified to be a Plankhouse Docent. Docents help tell the story of the Chinookan Village of Cathlapotle, and share Chinookan culture with weekend visitors and/or educational groups during the week.

April 1: Connecting People to Nature  (Steigerwald Lake NWR)
April 8: Culture & Tech of the Lower Columbia  (Cathlapotle Plankhouse on Ridgefield NWR)
April 15: Wetlands & Wildlife  (Steigerwald Lake NWR)
April 22: Wildife of Oak Woodlands  (Ridgefield NWR)

For questions or to RSVP email : RidgefieldVolunteer@fws.gov or call 360-887- 4106

Job: Youth Ecology Corps (ages 16 – 24)

Monday, April 3 (application deadline for spring: April & May)
June 1 (application deadline for summer: July & August)
Sept 19 (application deadline for fall: October & November)

The Youth Ecology Corps (YEC) is hiring youth and young adults (ages 16-24) for paid conservation jobs this spring and summer. For those not familiar, the YEC is a conservation job skills and education program jointly run by Metro and Project YESS, a youth-development organization based at Mt. Hood Community College. Participants are led in the field each work day by a highly skilled crew leader/educator, and they complete a wide variety of conservation/natural resource projects on Metro properties. They also receive in-depth conservation education programming from the one and only Dan Daly (a naturalist at Metro), as well as a variety of career and professional development opportunities. In addition, a number of successful program graduates have been hired directly by Metro for entry-level seasonal positions paying $12+/hr.

Pay starts at $10/hr, and we supply, at no cost to the participants, monthly bus passes as well as work boots, work pants, gloves, water bottles, and any other gear needed for the job. The spring season begins on April 10th, 2017. The application is due Monday, April 3rd. We’ll also have positions open on our summer crew program, which runs for nine weeks over July and August.

For more information and to apply click here. Email questions to: Michael.Oliver@mhcc.edu

Internship: Metro Nature Education

Tuesday, April 4 (application deadline)

The Nature Education team at Metro is looking for enthusiastic people who are interested in engaging with children in the outdoors! Programs focus on local plants, animals and having fun with people in nature. The intern(s) will help us lead thousands of kids a year at Oxbow Regional Park near Gresham, Scouters Mountain Nature Park near Happy Valley, and Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area in North Portland. Metro’s Nature Education team provides programs that are relevant and engaging for people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. $11.25/hour.

For more information click here.

Job: Seasonal Metro Park Worker

Multiple full and part-time seasonal positions are available. The number of hours scheduled per week and shifts assigned may vary based on weather and park usage. These positions are available through the summer season. $10.39/hour.

Work locations include Blue Lake Regional Park located in Fairview, Oregon and Oxbow Regional Park located in Gresham. Seasonal Park Workers also may be assigned to work at other Metro properties, including boat ramps, cemeteries, and other park sites. Note: Blue Lake and Oxbow Regional Parks are not on bus routes and public transportation in the area is limited.

For more information click here.

Job: Columbia Slough Outreach and Events Program Assistant

Thursday, April 13 @ 4pm (application deadline)

Position Duration: May – August 2017
Time Commitment: Approximately 15 hrs / week or 2 days / week (Flexible)
Compensation: $10/hour, no benefits

The Outreach and Events Program Assistant will support the Columbia Slough WatershedCouncil’s Outreach and Events program with the planning and implementation of spring and summer recreation events, including Explorando, Regatta and Aquifer Adventure. Anticipated attendance at these events varies from 30 to 800 people. Secondarily the program assistant will receive training in and help to organize and deliver canoe and kayak-based educational programs and activities within the Columbia Slough Watershed. See the position description linked below for a full list of event dates.

  • Outreach & Events Coordination (70% of time)
  • Volunteer Coordination (10% of time)
  • On-the-Water Programs (20% of time)

For more information click here.

Volunteer: Columbia Slough Watershed Paddle Team

Monday, April 10 (applications due)

Thursday, April 13 (orientation, part 1)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

Saturday, April 15 (orientation, part 2)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kelley Point Park
N Kelly Point Park Rd, Portland

Each year the Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts dozens of educational paddling events that expose adults and children to the wonders of the Columbia Slough. We’re seeking paddlers who would like to volunteer to assist with our Evening Canoe paddles, Slough School kids’ paddles and our summer festivals – no experience necessary!

For more information click here.

Volunteer: Urban Nature Partners PDX

April 15 (application deadline)

Are you an adult over 21 who wants to share the urban outdoors with a 4th or 5th grader from an underserved outer PDX neighborhood? Come join us! We are especially seeking: professionals in the environmental, education, and social services fields; males; adults of color; and Spanish speakers. If you can commit ~10 hours per month for a minimum of one year and have a reliable vehicle, get in touch with us! Limited transportation stipends may be available for mentors that need a little extra help to volunteer their time. Read more here. Download the full position description HERE. To apply click here and write “Urban Nature Partners PDX Mentor” as the site you’d like to volunteer with.

Can’t make a commitment to long-term mentoring right now, but still want to help? UNP-PDX is seeking to add members to our Administrative Committee for Mentor Recruitment & Support and Youth Leadership Development. Find out more here.

Want to learn more about any mentoring, volunteer, or internship opportunity? Contact Founder and Program Director Kristin Bowling: via email or 541-281-7162.

Job: Metro Parks and Nature Department Director

April 21 @ 5pm (application deadline)

This is a unique job opportunity for Metro, our elected regional government for the greater Portland area. We focus on protecting clean water, preserving healthy fish and wildlife habitat, and connecting people with nature across 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas. Voter investments are allowing us to significantly expand our park system, making this an exciting time for a new leader to come on board. Metro’s parks and nature team has enjoyed connecting with many of you through the Special Park District Forum, other conferences, specialized tours, and visits. We hope to find a visionary leader who can take our parks and nature system to the next level.

For more information click here.

Job: Outdoor Educators for Trackers Earth

Do you want to be part of an organization that connects kids to their community and the land? Is your entire life dedicated to making common sense common again? Are you a Joss Whedon fan? Trackers Earth is looking for outdoor educators for our 2017 Youth Camps. Now seeking those who can teach:

  • Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft
  • Farm & Wild Craft
  • Fishing or Kayaking
  • LARPing with Outdoor Skills & Folk Craft (plus Fine Arts)
  • Film Making & Photography
  • Martial Arts & Zombie Survival
  • Early Childhood Outdoor Educators

Come join our raucous and passionate pirate crew as we remake Outdoor Education and save this Planet Earth.

For more information and to apply click here.

Job: Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp

Love working in the outdoors and with kids?  Want to spread joy and education about our natural world?  Join our counselor team with Adventure WILD! Summer Day Camp!  We’re looking for professional outdoor educators 18 years and older to work this July – August at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center for five sessions of camp, Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 5pm.  During sessions 3, 4 & 5 (weeks of July 24 & 31 and Aug 7) we take a Thursday day trip to the other Mazama facility, the Mazama Lodge on Mount Hood! Here, we’ll supercharge the Adventure WILD nature, science and arts programming by embarking on scavenger hunts, learning orienteering, identifying alpine plants and animals, and immersing campers in art projects inspired by the mountain scenery. Every camp caps off the experience with a day of rock climbing at the Mazama Mountaineering Center.

Note: We’re also looking for energetic junior counselor interns (unpaid) and marketing/communications interns (unpaid).

Email questions to: adw@friendsofoutdoorschool.org. For more information click here.

Volunteer: Review Textbooks for Climate Literacy

On-Going

Things have been moving right along at the Portland Public School Climate Justice group. We’re getting ready to read and evaluate all textbooks used in Portland Public Schools on their coverage of climate change/climate justice. We were asked by someone from the PPS District that is responsible for implementing the Resolution to help evaluate PPS textbooks for climate justice content, denial/skepticism etc.  As this will be a lengthy task, we’d like some community volunteers to work with us! During a four-hour session this spring, we’ll use a short template provided by the District to assess the texts.  Anyone interested in helping us out?  The date is not yet set (and is determined by the PPS District).  It will involve reading current textbooks and using the District’s evaluation rubric to grade the textbooks on their level of climate denialism, skepticism, and climate justice content.

Sign up to get a notification when the District sets the workshop date!

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.

Job: Environmental Education Instructor – Summer Camp

Monday, May 1 (application deadline)
Tualatin Hills Nature Center
15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton

This position at the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Department is responsible for planning, preparing, instructing and/or leading general and/or specialized activities for program participants. Seasonal position focuses on our summer nature camp season from June 14 – September 1. Seasonal employees may be scheduled up to 40 hours per week for a maximum duration of 6 consecutive months.

For more information about this and other job opportunities at THPRD click here.

Jobs: Summer Camp Educators (Audobon Society)

Monday, May 8 @ 5pm (application deadline)

The Audubon Society of Portland is seeking talented Environmental Educators to lead our summer camp trips, classes, and camps. Applicants must have experience in Environmental Education with knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural history. Qualified individuals should have a passion for working with children and for cultivating each child’s personal connection to the natural world. Our summer educators are responsible for collaborative facilitation of camps as well as being flexible and willing to teach in informal outdoor settings. Each Environmental Educator will work with a team of summer camp staff to run the activities of camp in a safe, fun and engaging way.

For more information click here.

Job: Assistant Director – Outdoor School Program Leader

May 15 (application deadline)

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement (Division) at Oregon State University enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, business, industries, government, and educational institutions. The Division includes the OSU Extension Service. The Outdoor School (ODS) Program resides within the OSU Extension Service and advances the Extension Service’s vision, mission, and goals through the statewide engagement of School Districts and Educational Service Districts in Outdoor School. The ODS Program helps Oregon’s youth learn better; develop leadership, critical thinking, and social skills; and exposes them to the role of scientific inquiry and applied learning. The long-term goal of this ODS Program is to integrate placed-based programs into the Oregon school system that build upon youth’s skills in hands-on science and their abilities to be effective stewards and leaders in their community. Outdoor School is intended for all 5th or 6th graders in the state of Oregon.

For more information click here.

Job: Administrative and Events Coordinator (Intertwine Alliance)

May 19 (application deadline)

The Intertwine Alliance is hiring a part-time (20 hours/week) Administrative and Events Coordinator to join our small, close-knit team on the South Waterfront. The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 165 organizations working across sectors and jurisdictional lines to increase access and availability to nature in the Portland-Vancouver urban region. The Alliance is a fast growing and highly dynamic organization, and is at the center of many of the region’s most significant natural area initiatives. The Administrative and Events Coordinator will be part of an innovative team working to integrate nature more deeply into the fabric of the Portland-Vancouver area — thereby changing the face of the metropolitan region.

The position will be open until filled, with priority given to applications received by 5 p.m. on May 19. For more information click here. Questions? Email Lauren at lauren@theintertwine.org.

Job: Youth Ecology Corps

June 1 (application deadline for summer: July & August)
Sept 19 (application deadline for fall: October & November)

The Youth Ecology Corps (YEC) is hiring youth and young adults (ages 16-24) for paid conservation jobs this spring and summer. For those not familiar, the YEC is a conservation job skills and education program jointly run by Metro and Project YESS, a youth-development organization based at Mt. Hood Community College. Participants are led in the field each work day by a highly skilled crew leader/educator, and they complete a wide variety of conservation/natural resource projects on Metro properties. They also receive in-depth conservation education programming from the one and only Dan Daly (a naturalist at Metro), as well as a variety of career and professional development opportunities. In addition, a number of successful program graduates have been hired directly by Metro for entry-level seasonal positions paying $12+/hr.

Pay starts at $10/hr, and we supply, at no cost to the participants, monthly bus passes as well as work boots, work pants, gloves, water bottles, and any other gear needed for the job. The spring season begins on April 10th, 2017. The application is due Monday, April 3rd. We’ll also have positions open on our summer crew program, which runs for nine weeks over July and August.

For more information click here. For questions email: Michael.Oliver@mhcc.edu

Job: Habitat Program Manager

Willamette Partnership is a conservation nonprofit dedicated to solving complex environmental problems in ways that work for people. We are known for building pragmatic collaborations and creating solutions that improve environmental, social, and economic outcomes.

This position will lead Willamette Partnership’s Resilient Habitat Program, which is focused on making a strong business case for conservation, increasing investment in sustainable management of working lands, building smarter infrastructure, and creating resilient communities.

For details, click here.

Job: Sustainability Assistant

Portland Community College’s Sustainability Department is looking for a passionate, energetic, and organized individual to join our team in a part-time, temporary capacity to advance the college’s sustainability efforts. Under the direction of the District Sustainability Manager, the Sustainability Assistant will assist with college-wide sustainability projects and initiatives and provide administrative support. If interested, please send your resume and a cover letter briefly explaining your interest and qualifications for the position to briar.schoon@pcc.edu. The position is open until filled with a hopeful start date in July or August, 2017.

For more information click here.

Job: Community Development Coordinator

Trash for Peace is looking to hire another Confluence Environmental Center AmeriCorps Member for next year, September 2017 – July 2018.  The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life-changing service opportunities where the member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a cohort of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%).

For more information about this and other Confluence AmeriCorp positions click here

Volunteer: Passport Oregon

Passport Oregon invites volunteers to lead students from the Immigrant and Refuge Community Organization (IRCO) on trips across Oregon

Contact Ariel Kanable at ariel@passportoregon.org to learn more.

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 James Reed for the Fellows program and Kim Smith for internships.  Current openings include:

  • GPSEN Fellows.  Open to graduate students and professionals with particular research interests and skills. Fellows are part of our Think Tank.
  • Social Media Intern. Join our outreach team and help share GPSEN’s story.
  • Website Intern. Help manage GPSEN’s website, with bi-weekly updates of events and resources from our newsletter.  Must have some WordPress experience.
  • Development & Grant Writing. Help build GPSEN’s capacity and your skills by helping our Development Committee identify and write grant applications.
  • Create your own position! Have a skill you would like to apply and develop? Let’s talk about how we can support each other.

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.

Job: Schoolyard Farms Summer Camp Educator

Schoolyard Farms is seeking Summer Camp Educator who will collaborate with all staff and interns to set-up, clean-up, lead and evaluate daily onsite activities engaging campers in exploring the farm, participating in farm tasks, preparing healthy snacks, farm arts and crafts, scientific inquiry, and active play. Prepare for a rewarding summer of hard work and an in-depth understanding of our our mission-driven summer camp program from registration to Friday afternoon’s celebration.

This is a part-time, seasonal position with flexible hours based at our Candy Lane Elementary School Farm in Milwaukie, OR, with a 4-hour shift/day between 8:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday, from July 10-September 1, 2017.

Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Job: Reed College Science Outreach Coordinator

The Reed College Science Outreach program has worked with Portland area schools since 1996. Every year the program partners with approximately 20 classrooms in 6 schools, engaging more than 500 fourth through sixth-grade students in weekly hands-on, inquiry-based science. The program employs approximately 60 Reed students every year, providing in-classroom teaching experience and service-learning opportunities.

More info and application instructions here.

Job: Verde Communications Specialist

In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, Verde leads Living Cully, a collaborative effort of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda Community Development Corporation, the Native American Youth & Family Center and Verde. Living Cully reinterprets sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy, braiding together traditional social service resources with environmental resources. Living Cully makes a real difference in the lives of low-income people and people of color in the Cully neighborhood by building and maintaining affordable housing, building green infrastructure, creating jobs and job training opportunities, preventing displacement, and building community. The Communications Specialist will take the lead on creating content for the Living Cully and Verde websites, social media updates and e-newsletter creation, and outreach.

Learn more here.

Job: CEP In-Homes Manager

Do you want to make a difference in a senior’s life? Community Energy Project is currently hiring a Manager for the In-Home Services Department, a position where you will help low-income seniors and people with disabilities to live comfortably and safely in their homes. Current programs provide weatherization and safety repairs for around 200 households a year.

For more information and to download complete job description, visit our Job Opportunity page. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Charity Fain at director@communityenergyproject.org.  Open until filled.

Job: IRCO SUN AmeriCorps Environmental Justice Educator

In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizations Schools Uniting Neighborhoods Community School Program (SUN CS), the Environmental Justice Educator will serve as a centralized environmental outreach and education specialist for the Madison High School community. Educator will identify and engage underserved and at-risk students to participate in Madison’s environmental justice education programs.

To learn more, click here.

Job: Metro Recycling Specialists

Metro is seeking temporary Recycling Specialists to fill in as needed to cover vacations, leaves, meetings and high volumes of calls due to promotional campaigns and seasonal variation. Multiple part-time temporary positions are available. Are you a people person who enjoys problem solving and knows how to provide exceptional customer service? If so, you might be the perfect fit for Metro’s Recycling Information Center team.

To apply: visit www.oregonmetro.gov/jobs

Job: Energy Education Program Manager

Friday, June 16 (application deadline)

The Bonneville Environmental Foundation is hiring! We are looking for the next outstanding Program Manager for Energy Education with experience in CTE (Career and Technical Education) for the Solar 4R Schools program.

For more information click here.

Intern: OHSU Summer Intern

Sunday, June 18 (Submission deadline)

OHSU Campus Planning & Real Estate is seeking a summer intern who is interested in learning how a campus is developed. OHSU offers a unique perspective to campus planning with its primary facilities at Marquam Hill and South Waterfront, connected by the Portland Aerial Tram.

To apply: Complete the form or email: mathert@ohsu.edu.

Job: PCC Powershift Energy Intern

June 19 (application deadline)

Portland Community College is looking for a qualified intern to join our efforts to reduce energy use and increase our employee engagement activities. The intern will support the college’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program and PowerShift energy team by monitoring energy use, identifying energy efficiency opportunities, and developing employee awareness and engagement campaigns. This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of energy efficiency and sustainability.

Hours per week: 15-20 (maximum of 599 hours through June 30, 2018) and schedule is flexible. Pay rate is $15/hr. To apply: please send your resume and a cover letter briefly explaining your interest and qualifications for this position to briar.schoon@pcc.edu. For best consideration, please apply by June 19, 2017. Start date is flexible.

For more information click here.

Volunteer: Explorando el Columbia Slough

Saturday, June 24
1:00-5:00pm, volunteer shifts vary
Colwood Golf Course
7323 NE Columbia Blvd. Portland, OR, 97218

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council presents its annual Explorando el Columbia Slough, a bilingual nature festival with fun educational activities for the whole family! Guests enjoy guided canoe rides, music and dance, storytelling, community groups, nature crafts and more.

With your help, over 500 community members have the opportunity explore their watershed and walk away with tips for low-cost sustainable lifestyles!

Click here to learn more and register.

Job: Executive Director for Sitka Center

Sunday, July 16 (submission deadline, by 5:00 pm PST)

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creativity, intellectual inquiry, and education for thousands of individuals annually through its artist-in-residence, workshop, and art exhibition programming. The ideal candidate will combine supportive and flexible leadership with a high degree of self-awareness and believe that art and the power of place can transform a person and the world.

For more information, please go to:www.sitkacenter.org

Job: Youth Ecology Corps

Sept 19 (application deadline for fall: October & November)

The Youth Ecology Corps (YEC) is hiring youth and young adults (ages 16-24) for paid conservation jobs this spring and summer. The YEC is a conservation job skills and education program jointly run by Metro and Project YESS, a youth-development organization based at Mt. Hood Community College. Participants are led in the field each work day by a highly skilled crew leader/educator, and they complete a wide variety of conservation/natural resource projects on Metro properties. They also receive career and professional development opportunities. In addition, a number of successful program graduates have been hired directly by Metro for entry-level seasonal positions paying $12+/hr.

Pay starts at $10/hr, and we supply monthly bus passes as well as work boots, work pants, gloves, water bottles, and any other gear needed for the job. For more information click here. For questions email: Michael.Oliver@mhcc.edu

Job: Youth Ecology Corps

June 1 (application deadline for summer: July & August)
Sept 19 (application deadline for fall: October & November)

The Youth Ecology Corps (YEC) is hiring youth and young adults (ages 16-24) for paid conservation jobs this spring and summer. For those not familiar, the YEC is a conservation job skills and education program jointly run by Metro and Project YESS, a youth-development organization based at Mt. Hood Community College. Participants are led in the field each work day by a highly skilled crew leader/educator, and they complete a wide variety of conservation/natural resource projects on Metro properties. They also receive in-depth conservation education programming from the one and only Dan Daly (a naturalist at Metro), as well as a variety of career and professional development opportunities. In addition, a number of successful program graduates have been hired directly by Metro for entry-level seasonal positions paying $12+/hr.

Pay starts at $10/hr, and we supply, at no cost to the participants, monthly bus passes as well as work boots, work pants, gloves, water bottles, and any other gear needed for the job. The spring season begins on April 10th, 2017. The application is due Monday, April 3rd. We’ll also have positions open on our summer crew program, which runs for nine weeks over July and August.

For more information click here. For questions email: Michael.Oliver@mhcc.edu

Grant & Awards

Grant: Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE)

15th of the month (application deadline)

The Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Program provides grants of up to $1,500 to support conservation projects, conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation in the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and Native American tribes. The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE Program funding include on-the-ground restoration or conservation projects, pollution prevention projects, education of youth and/or adults, and community events focused on improving the public’s understanding of natural resource conservation.

For more information click here.

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.

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: Forever Curious

Forever Curious 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:

Click here for a full list of Green Lesson Plans and Resources.

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!

SP-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. Don’t wait to earn your credential, register today

 

International Essay Contest for Young People

June 15 (deadline)

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

This year’s theme is: “Learning from Nature.” Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

For more information click here.

PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions Impact Report

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.

Grant: RiverHealth Stewardship

April 27 (application deadline)

Clackamas County is accepting grant proposals up to $30,000 for watershed improvement as part of the RiverHealth Stewardship Program. Grants are available to groups who seek to improve the health of watersheds located within the surface water areas served by WES. Citizen groups, businesses, schools, nonprofits, student groups, faith organizations, neighborhood or business associations, and service groups in the area are welcome to apply.

Preferred proposals will improve watershed health, be visible to the general public, show a clear community benefit, and include one or more of the following project types: Rainwater infiltration; Streamside restoration; and Pavement removal.

For more information click here.

Global Homestead Garage

We’re like 24 hour fitness, but with tools instead of exercise equipment and an intentional Community built with Sustainability advocacy at its core. Memberships include: co-working and jewelry membership; full shop membership, and opportunities to reserve space.  $250 New member special for a 50 sq ft space!  If you spread the word to your community and you’re listed on the referral, you qualify for 10% off membership.

Learn more at our Facebook page.

Portland Region Environmental Education Network (REEN) 2.0

Join the new REEN 2.0 Facebook group, and feel free to pass it along to anyone you think might be interested. The purpose of this page is to provide a place for EE providers, supporters, participants and friends in the Portland region to share information, news and resources.

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

Global Challenges Prize 2017

February 15 (applications can be received)
May 24 (final submission deadline)

Calling big thinkers, from all disciplines, everywhere. The world needs your brainpower and your best ideas as never before. Compete for $5-million in prizes. Help to reshape our world.

For more information, click here.

International Essay Contest for Young People

June 15 (deadline)

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

This year’s theme is: “Learning from Nature.” Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

For more information click here.

Grant: Powering the Future ($1 million)

June 15 (application deadline)

UN DESA Energy Grant has a thematic focus for 2017: “Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World”. Its goal is to fund future capacity development activities in energy for sustainable development. The Grant is awarded to an individual, institution or partnership based on past and current achievements, with the objective of promoting leadership and innovative practices in meeting the global energy challenge.

For more information click here.

Grant: Youth Innovation Challenge

North America is facing urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Citizen leadership—including youth—is more important than ever to keep momentum going toward adoption of cleaner, carbon-neutral technologies and policies that ensure sustainable growth and job creation across North America. As today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future.

North American youth aged 18 to 26 are invited to enter the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) innovation challenge to compete for $5,000 in seed funding and a chance to personally present their idea to North America’s top environmental officials this summer (June 27 & 28) in Charlottetown, Canada. Show us what you’ve got! Submit your bright idea and benefit from the collective intelligence of youth across North America.

For more information click here.

Competition: #GetYourGreenOn

Friday, June 23 (Submission deadline)

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is accepting entries for the 2017 #GetYourGreenOn Interior Design Competition, a program that recognizes and awards sustainable and healthful choices in residential interiors.

Both SFC-member and non-member interior designers and firms are eligible to enter the competition, which has garnered attention on social media, during national home furnishings markets, and in both industry and consumer media. Residential interior design projects completed between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, qualify for this year’s competition. Entries must feature at least one product from an SFC-member manufacturer or supplier.

Entry instructions can be found here.

Grant: National Park Service Community Assistance

June 30 (application deadline)

Apply to be considered for technical assistance with your locally-led conservation and outdoor recreation project. The community assistance specialists in our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program can help you to:

  • Increase access to outdoor recreation and the natural world
  • Improve community health with new opportunities for more active living
  • Promote conservation and encourage stewardship of local resources
  • Benefit the local economy by improving quality of life
  • Connect youth to the outdoors and engage the next generation of conservation stewards
  • Build partnerships that support your project’s success!

We want to talk with you informally before you apply, to explore and develop your project idea and help you make the best of your application.  Please let us know by the end of May if you intend to submit

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.

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

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: 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.

 

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.

ISSP-SA Study Guide

The most comprehensive preparation tool available for the ISSP-SA credential exam is now available. The Study Guide walks readers through the Core Sustainability Concepts tested by the ISSP-SA exam. Whether a sustainability practitioner just getting started in the field or a veteran sustainability professional taking the ISSP-SA as a stepping stone for the ISSP-CSP credential, this Study Guide is the ultimate way to prepare for the exam.

Learn more 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

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

International Essay Contest for Young People

June 15 (deadline)

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

This year’s theme is: “Learning from Nature.” Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

For more information click here.

Grant: Powering the Future ($1 million)

June 15 (application deadline)

UN DESA Energy Grant has a thematic focus for 2017: “Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World”. Its goal is to fund future capacity development activities in energy for sustainable development. The Grant is awarded to an individual, institution or partnership based on past and current achievements, with the objective of promoting leadership and innovative practices in meeting the global energy challenge.

For more information click here.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.