Much gratitude to our Senior Advisors!
Our Senior Advisors have contributed in countless ways to communities around the world, to Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), and to GPSEN, as leaders, mentors, and colleagues.
Portland State University Instructor
A native Oregonian, an insufferably proud grandpa, and a retired geoscience instructor from Portland Community College, Frank is now part-time faculty in Geology and University Studies at Portland State University. Other hats he wears include board member / research fellow with GPSEN, faculty fellow with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solution, a climate advocate with the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Science Network, and a member of the advisory board of the Creation Justice program at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.
With an emphasis on education and advocacy, he regularly speaks at college classes, service clubs, and faith communities about climate issues and sustainable development, develops curriculum, and connects local communities to the international climate process via public gatherings enhanced with digital technology.
A key project he is involved with is the PDX Virtual Bridge to COP25 – Now being expanded to include other communities and other UNFCCC events.
Georgetown Law School
Lin obtained her JD degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a specialization in environmental and natural resources law in 1991. Her career to date has included law practice, nonprofit executive directing (Friends of Trees and Oregon Mediation Association), and academia, where she served as an administrator and professor in top-ranked environmental programs at Lewis & Clark and Pace University. During her academic career she taught and mentored international and US law students enrolled in JD, LLM, and SJD level programs. She also served as Co-Chair and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Endangered Species Committee and as Executive Director of GPSEN. She now serves as the Interim Director of the Environmental and Energy Law Program and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University.
Charles A. Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has been an advisor to several ministries of education in Asia and Europe as well as universities and colleges in the Americas.
He has numerous publications and has lectured worldwide on a range of topics from quality education to educating for global citizenship and educating for a sustainable future. In the past, he was a teacher, principal, curriculum superintendent and regional superintendent with the Toronto Board of Education before assuming the UNESCO Chair in 1999.
He has been awarded seven honorary doctorates and professorships spanning Europe, Latin America and Asia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, and the Australian Association of Environmental Educators.
Today, Hopkins is advisor to the United Nations University´s Global Network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD and Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute on Education for Sustainable Development in Beijing, China.
Elders in Action
LeRoy is an icon in Portland, witnessing and serving through many civil rights campaigns, and leading as an administrator for Portland Public Schools until retirement in 1996. He has helped found and support many organizations including the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, United Nations Association PDX, the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, the Multnomah County Commission for Economic Dignity, and Greater Portland Sustainable Education Network
RCE Americas Advisor
Dr. Roger A. Petry is an Associate Professor at Luther College at the University of Regina in the Department of Philosophy and Classics. He is a Rhodes Scholar and is co-coordinator of RCE Saskatchewan. He was appointed Regional Advisor for RCEs in the Americas by the UNU starting in 2020. He is also the institutional lead on “Responsible Consumption and Production” for the International Association of Universities (IAU) Thematic Cluster on Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal #12.
President, US Partnership for ESD
Dr. Debra Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, which convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium; Founder and Facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, Senior Fellow at Second Nature and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Debra has been professor of energy management and renewable energy for over 30 years at Oakland Community College.
CWU College of Education and Professional Studies
Heather works as the Coordinator of Field Experiences at Central Washington University’s College of Education and Professional Studies. Prior to locating to Ellensburg, Washington, Heather served as GPSEN Board President and Governance Committee chair (2017-2020) and as a board member since 2015. Heather also launched the Student Sustainability Center (SSC) at PSU in 2009.
Co-Founder of AASHE
Judy helped establish GPSEN and develop its programs and vision. She was also the founding director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) where she helped initiate the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), now the premier sustainability assessment system for higher ed.
While at AASHE Judy worked to grow the nascent campus sustainability movement. She helped launch and coordinate the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) and the Higher Education Associations Consortium for Sustainability (HEASC). She forged partnerships with other higher ed associations throughout the world; and assisted in growing the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development as well as developing the international Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest).
Judy taught courses in sustainable cities and urban geography at Humboldt State University and Portland State University. From 2014-2020, she served as Program Administrator for Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator, which helped over 30 cities across the country implement their sustainability plans.
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