Sustainability Symposium

Celebrate Sustainability!


12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219


12:15 pm-1:00 pm  Registration, ST 100

1:00 pm-5:00 pm  Workshops and Presentations, ST 100
5:30 pm-7:00 pm  Networking Reception and Poster Session, Performing Arts Center Lobby
7:00 pm-9:00 pm  Keynote Speaker and Awards Ceremony, Performing Arts Center

For more details on presentations, check out our Symposium Program.


During this monumental time in history, it is essential to be educated, connect with good people, find hope, and discover new ways to make a difference.  To do so, join GPSEN and our co-sponsors Portland Community College and the Port of Portland for our first annual Sustainability Symposium highlighting cutting-edge work on sustainability topics in the greater Portland region.

The Symposium features keynote speaker Amy Pearl, founder of Hatch Innovation, named “Small Business Champion of Oregon” in 2016 by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and one of the winners of the Portland Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence Award.

The event will also include afternoon speakers and workshops, an evening networking reception, with posters and table displays, and an awards ceremony, with presentations by our award winners, including:

  • Non-Profit:  Charity Fain and Sherrie Pelsma, Community Energy Project
  • Academic:  Joel Magnuson, PCC Economics Instructor
  • Youth:  Ibrahim Ibrahim, Muslim Education Trust
  • Business:  Hopworks Urban Brewery

Join us in learning about and celebrating the amazing, innovative sustainability work in our region.


Thanks to everyone who submitted such great proposals for presentations, workshops, and tables.  Our daytime schedule and tables are now full.  Requests for Proposals are still being accepted for posters for our evening networking reception.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please check out the details.


We offer two tiers of tickets (Community- $10 and Student- $5).  If you wish to attend and cannot afford a ticket, please email:  All are welcome.


Big thanks to our lead sponsors:





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We also appreciate the support of:  Marylhurst University, UNA Portland, EcoFaith Recovery, and SolarCity.