Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network
GPSEN connects diverse organizations in a collaborative network that multiplies our collective capacity to educate, empower, and engage each other to help create a healthy, just, and thriving region where education for sustainability is prioritized and integrated across sectors and everyone has opportunities to shape a sustainable future.
Acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by United Nations University, in 2013, we serve Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington counties in Oregon and Washington.
Systems-based approach focused on people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership
Environmental Justice and Equity
Creating and honoring diverse, healthy, and thriving communities
Working together to ensure and engage a resilient and vibrant region
Varying ways of teaching, learning, and knowing
Visionary processes, technologies, and solutions-based strategies
Transparency and Accountability
Open and honest in our governance and practices
Meet our Amazing Team!
We are committed to creating a progressive, egalitarian governance model that reflects our values, supports collaboration among our partners, identifies committee structures and pathways that facilitate engagement and implementation of our objectives, distributes authority and decision-making across the network, and honors the volunteer efforts of our members.
Neeraja is a practicing agriculturist, educator, scientist and a life-long learner of the power of growing, cooking and sharing food. Neeraja has a doctorate in environmental science with research focus on urban water and food resilience and urban agrobiodiversity. She has two masters degrees, one in agronomy, another in plant physiology, and a bachelors in agriculture science. Her work experience includes consulting with United Nations Development Program-Global Environment Facility and Food and Agriculture Organization.
Heather coordinates the Student Sustainability Center at PSU and grew up in southern Oregon. She has an MS in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education. She participates in AASHE Advisory Council and serves as the Region V Sustainability Knowledge Community Representative/board member for NASPA. Heather also proposed and helped create sustainability program standards for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
Founder, Board Member
Kim received her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. She has taught sociology at Portland Community College (PCC) since 1996 and is Founder of the GPSEN. She represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit, in 2012, and currently serves on AASHE’s Board of Directors.
Serena recently graduated from PSU with a BS in Environmental Studies and minor in Indigenous Nation Studies. Serena is inspired to work in environmental education and environmental justice.
David Macek is the Executive Director of Northwest Earth Institute. For 12 years, he has led transformation-centered nonprofits focusing on critical issues relating to environment, culture, and leadership.
Suvira Chaturvedi has extensive professional experience in sustainable development in the international context spanning over 30 years with diverse UN agencies, donors such as USAID, World Bank, CARE and other state and non-state actors.
Pranoti grew up in India and she recently graduated from PSU with MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. Her work focuses on environmental investigation and remediation technologies, water quality, and stormwater management practices.
Amy is the Sustainability Director of Lewis & Clark College. She grew up in Gladstone and received a Masters of Environmental Management from Portland State University.
Lyndal Frazier-Cairns is a communications professional who works at the intersection of justice, technology, and education. She recognizes climate change as the single most pressing challenge facing our world and is eager to support those building a more just and sustainable world.
Jami is a management professional that designs and delivers complex programs. She has built successful and strategic corporate responsibility initiatives within organizations.
Kelsey is a budding sustainable development professional and a recent M.P.A., M.P.P., and G.C.S. graduate. Through his work with GPSEN and elsewhere, Kelsey works to strengthen ideas-sharing networks to advance inclusive community development.
Owen Rudloff has extensive research experience in climatology, geology, environmental remediation and environmental justice. He has worked extensively on Portland Harbor Superfund remediation projects, stormwater and groundwater monitoring.
Briar is the Sustainability Manager for Portland Community College, with the focus of mainstreaming sustainability throughout all college practices district-wide.
David Cohen, The Intertwine Alliance
Lin Harmon-Walker, Ethical Future Inst.
David Kunz, OR Dept. of Env. Quality
Gary Obermeyer, Learning Options
LeRoy Patton, PSU, Elders in Action
Debra Rowe, US Partnership for ESD
Nick Pasquale, Media Producer
Charles Hopkins, UNESCO
Judy Walton, PSU
Policy and Planning
Diversity and Equity
Outreach + Communications
Program + Events
Public Offerings, Student Networks
Research + Curriculum
Think Tank, Special Projects
Years in Operation
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does GPSEN define sustainability?
What is Sustainable Development?
What are Regional Centers of Expertise (RCEs) on Education for Sustainable Development?
Each RCE has four core elements:
- Governance: addressing issues of RCE management and leadership
- Collaboration: addressing the engagement of actors from all levels of formal, non-formal and informal education
- Research and development: addressing the role of research and its inclusion in RCE activities, as well as contributing to the design of strategies for collaborative activities, including those with other
- Transformative education: contributing to the transformation of the current education and training systems to satisfy ambitions of the region regarding sustainable living and livelihood.
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