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
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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