The Meaning of Our Logo

The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network’s (GPSEN) logo is a mandala, representing many significant images and philosophies in the greater Portland region.

 

The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network’s (GPSEN) logo is a mandala, representing many significant images and philosophies in the greater Portland region.

The iconic images of Mt Hood and the Willamette River are both core to the health and beauty of our environment. The solidity of the mountain and the flow of the river offer an inspiration for ways to exist in life. With GPSEN resting on the river, we hope that our work will flow beyond our community and into the future.

The new Tilikum Bridge spans the Willamette River. Named for the Tilikum Crossing, the Bridge of the People is the first bridge in the nation dedicated solely to light rail, the streetcars, buses, bicycles, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles. Private cars and trucks will not be permitted on the bridge.

Tilikum is a Chinook Jargon word meaning people, tribe, or family, and the name is intended to honor the Multnomah, Cascade, Clackamas, and other Chinookan peoples who lived in the area as long as 14,000 years ago.

GPSEN (aka RCE Greater Portland) strives to serve as a bridge among our region, to span between sectors, cultures, ages, and communities and offer a network dedicated to sustainable principles.

As an E4 organization, we are committed to supporting education, the environment, the economy, and equity. These terms surround the circle, holding the space and reminding us of our mission. The four green symbols represent the four directions.

As a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, as acknowledged by the United Nations University and supported by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability, we are proud to bring the spirit of the greater Portland region to the global and local effort of creating a healthy, just, and thriving world.