GPSEN’s annual Sustainability Symposium is one of our signature programs. 

We celebrate community leaders and change agents, highlight cutting-edge sustainability work in our region and beyond, share lessons in environmental, economic, and social justice, plus local efforts to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and foster conversations on how to create resilience in our communities. 

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 “A Call FR Action”


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Our Sustainability Symposium Series theme – “A Call for Action” –

celebrates everyone who is making a difference in our communities!


Session 3:  “Business as a Force for Good”

Monday, July 13, 2020

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In Session 3, regional leaders explored the power of businesses as forces for good and how they are connecting purpose with profit in meaningful ways:


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Be a part of the change for good!


 Session 2:  “Arts and Activism” speakers, on May 29, 2020, featured:

Explore how art and artists are changing our world through artistic creations and performance art.

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 Session 1:  “A Call for Action: Permaculture and Power” speakers, on April 17, 2020, featured:

  • Serena Dressel, GPSEN Board President and Portland State University, Welcome and Celebration of Sustainability Leadership Award Winners
  • Neeraja Havaligi, GPSEN Executive Director, “A Dialogue on Action and Resilience”
  • Joe Culhane, GPSEN Outreach, “A Call for Action”
  • Kim Smith, GPSEN and Portland Community College, “ESD for 2030: The Future Depends on Us!”
  • Marisha Auerbach, Portland Community College and Oregon State University, “Permaculture and Food Forests as a Tool for Climate Stability and Community Resilience”
  • Jolie Donohue, Learning Garden Coordinator, PCC Cascade , “Social Justice Through Gardening”
  • Sherrie Villmark, Program Director, Community Energy Project, “Community Solar and Equity”
  • S. Nicki Youngsma, Artist & Editor, Home Orchard Society, “Agrobiodiversity in Context of Food Security”

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What a joy it was to share our amazing Symposium speakers with you and celebrate our Sustainability Leadership Award Winners:


More Symposium speakers will be featured in coming events, so keep an eye out for those offerings.  Be sure to check out the incredible original full line-up of our 2020 Sustainability Symposium speakers, workshops, and award-winners. 


Note that the Symposium is our signature event and a key fundraiser for our programs.  We offered our Virtual Sustainability Symposium for free, and took a financial hit.  So, please consider donating to support our efforts, if you can.  

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Sustainability Symposium


Signature program for students and leaders in sustainability education.


Sustainability Socials

Seasonal cheers to networking, community, celebration, and fun!

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Providing knowledge, inspiration, and skills on critical issues.

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