RCE Greater Portland

Photo Credit: RCE Greater Portland
Rce details
Region:
THE AMERICAS
Country:
United States of America
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2013
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Greater Portland is a multi-sector network of educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organisations, and community members collaborating to promote sustainability education in the Portland Metro region, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County in Washington.

Goals and Objectives:

Vision:

RCE Greater Portland envisions a healthy, just, and thriving region where education for sustainability is prioritised and integrated across sectors; and where everyone has opportunities to shape a sustainable future. 

Goals and objectives:

Goal 1.  Continuously build and maintain a vibrant and diverse regional cross-sector network of individuals and organisations advancing education for sustainability together
Objective A. Establish partnerships that facilitate inclusive and culturally diverse participation and collaboration across sectors and organisations
Objective B. Convene events where everyone is welcome to discuss and share ideas related to ESD and social equity issues
Objective C. Share research and innovative practices in ESD to promote partnerships, learning, whole institution approaches, and advancements across the region and beyond

Goal 2.  Identify and secure funding sources to support resource development and operations to achieve the mission of GPSEN/RCE Greater Portland
Objective A. Board works with Governance Committee to identify priorities and opportunities for funding
Objective B. Determine staff capacity needed to meet operational needs
Objective C. Establish succession plan for Board Executives and Committee Chairs

Goal 3.  Advance the development of lifelong sustainability learning opportunities in formal, non-formal, and informal education, training, and public awareness
Objective A. Develop and provide access to an array of ESD information and resources through online platforms
Objective B. Create and promote ESD curricula and programs that meet the needs and skill sets of a diverse audience
Objective C. Create and support opportunities for ESD capacity-building and workforce development

Goal 4.  Increase public awareness about regional and international sustainability issues and the role of ESD in shaping a healthy, just, and thriving future
Objective A. Develop and implement marketing plan that raises public awareness and increases involvement in ESD
Objective B. Create opportunities for public dialogue on regional ESD policies and issues
Objective C. Develop marketing and programs on international ESD policies and issues

Goal 5. Support capacity building to develop global citizens who will steward our region for current and future generations and foster trust and healthy relationships in communities
Objective A. Offer leadership development and engagement opportunities for GPSEN leaders and partners
Objective B. Create and promote ESD service-learning and volunteer projects
Objective C. Support networks that empower and mobilise youth to engage in their communities

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Portland State University
Role: Higher Education Co-host, College Network Coordinator and Board President
Contact name: Heather Spalding
Contact email: hspaldin@pdx.edu

Name of organisation: Portland Community College
Role: Higher Education Co-host and Communications Team
Contact name: Briar Schoon
Contact email: briar.schoon@pcc.edu

Name of organisation:  Northwest Earth Institute
Role: Non-profit co-host, website manager, and Treasurer
Contact name: David Macek
Contact email: david@nwei.org

Activities
Current Activities:
  • New website development
  • Networking Social event planning
  • EcoChallenge
  • Sustainability Symposium planning
  • Youth Network Climate Awareness Panel series in Higher Ed Schools
  • Newsletter and Community Outreach
Upcoming Activities:
  • UN Day, with UNA Portland, on Human Rights
  • Equity Training of the Board of Directors
  • EarthWeek
  • 'SDGS, Equity and Inclusion’ presentation
  • Environmental Justice Train-the-Trainer Workshop for College Network
  • Regional Faculty Training
Achievements:
  • UN Day, with UNA Portland
  • Think Tank Art Gallery Talk
  • Board Member Orientation
  • Launching of new GPSEN website, geared toward creating a clearing house database and networking space for the region on sustainability education, research, innovations, challenges and lessons.
  • 2017 - ongoing: Board Members LeRoy Patton and Neeraja Havaligi trained in Equity and Inclusion through partner program with Intertwine Alliance. LeRoy and Neeraja are engaged in transfer of knowledge from their training to the GPSEN board and are developing a module for adaptive and continued learning on Equity and Inclusion for the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 2017, July: GPSEN Fellow  Neeraja Havaligi, presented her research on Portland and Seattle Community Gardens at the 38th National Conference held by the American Community Garden  Association at Hartford, CT, USA, July 2017.
  • 2017, October: Board Member Kim Smith presented “Gaining Hope and Resilience During Troubling Times.” AASHE Conference Workshop, San Antonio, TX, USA.
  • 2017, November: Board Members Briar Schoon and Frank Granshaw attended COP23, in Bonn, Germany.
  • 2017, December: Board Member Kim Smith presented “RCE Greater Portland’s Facing Climate Change: A Train-the-Trainer Workshop.” Global RCE Conference, Okayama, Japan.
  • 2018, January: GPSEN’s  ED Lin Harmon-Walker and GPSEN Fellow Neeraja Havaligi presented at GlobalPDX Seminar on 'Achieving the SDGs conversations: How the Sustainable Development Goals came to be' at MercyCorps Action Center, Portland, OR, USA.
  • 2018, March: GPSEN ED Lin Harmon-Walker and Neeraja Havaligi were panelists at GirlFest 2018 with other regional experts, highlighting relevance of Sustainable Development and the SDGs, with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
  • 2018, April: Board Member Kim Smith presented “The Power of Higher Education in Achieving a Sustainable Future.” China-US Green Education Innovation Development Workshop and 100-100 Plan Annual Conference, Wanzhou, China.
  • April 2018: Board Member David Macek and GPSEN Fellow Neeraja Havaligi  were part of  the Earth Week Panel Discussion titled ‘Saving the Earth, Bite by Bite - Earth Week Panel Discussion’, hosted by PSU Veg Education Group and Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC).
  • May, 2018: GPSEN’s participation  at SSC Leadership Fellows Panel with focus on the SDGs, equity and gentrification. Board Member David Macek, Lin Harmon-Walker (ED) and Neeraja Havaligi (Fellow) were on this panel.
  • 2018, June: Board Member Kim Smith, and partner Melia Tichenor published “The Value of Service-learning in Addressing Community Problems,” in Academia and Communities: Engaging for Change, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2018, July: Dr. Zahra Golshani, GPSEN Fellow, completed her research on “Minorities Participation In River Health Stewardship: The Case of Muslims, Iranians and Afghan Communities of Clackamas County” and published her work, with grant funding.
Projects
Coalition for a Livable Future's Regional Equity Stories Exhibit
Coalition for a Livable Future's Regional Equity Atlas Mapping Equity in Portland Training
Center for Civic Participation's Social Equity and Justice Forum
Wisdom of the Elders Film Release
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Finding Solutions through Sustainable Development
E4 Sustainability TeamWorks Team
Amy Livingstone's Sacred Art Mandala
International Virtual Youth Conference
Networking Socials
RCE Greater Portland/GPSEN Launch Party
Nature in Neighborhoods:Conservation Education Grant
Social Media
Program Review
Creation of a Think Tank
Native American Talking Circle
GPSEN Earth Week Presentation on ESD
Heroic Imagination Project
“Planetary” movie release
UN Day and the Launch of the SDGs
College Student Network
NWEI EcoChallenge
GoGreen Business Conference
E4 TeamWorks Team
UN Day Presentation and SDG Launch
Human Rights Day- Education as a Human Right
End-of-year Party and Awards Ceremony
Sustainability Consciousness
Earth Week Film: Cowspiracy
Earth Week Lecture: Connecting Higher Education to Agenda 2030
Earth Week: Plankton Art Exhibit
Hope and Resilience Training
Regional Faculty Sustainability Training
Environmental Education/Environmental Justice Inclusive Leadership Grant
College Student Network Research Project
Non-Profit Board Member Selection and Orientation
“Gambling on Extinction” Movie Release
EcoChallenge 2016
Sustainability Curriculum Consortium Webinar
PSU's Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City
PSU’s Social Sustainability Month
Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference
KPSU’s Shades of Green Radio Show and Podcast
Grant-Writing
Marketing Campaign
Think Tank
UN Day Presentation
ESD Workshop at AASHE conference
GoGreen Conference
Sustainability Symposium
World Affairs Council Teach the World Conference
RCE Mentoring Training
Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference
Global Sustainable Self Summit Series
Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Investments for Developing Communities Population Forum
Sustainability Works Discussion Group
ISSP Portland Chapter Meeting
Earth Week Events
Regional Faculty Sustainability Training
KPSU’s Shades of Green Radio Show and Podcast
World Environment Day Global Goals Fair
Selection of New Board Members and Orientation
GPSEN Fellows Program
“Gaining Ground” Movie Screening
GPSEN College Network
GPSEN Youth Network
Sustainability Social
Indigenous Wisdom: Pathways to Deeper Awareness
NWEI EcoChallenge 2017
Equity and Inclusion, the bedrock to transform our world toward Agenda 2030 and beyond.
Communication Channels
RCE Website:
Publications:
Twitter handle:
Other(s):
Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Neeraja Havaligi
diversityoflife@gmail.com
Secondary RCE Contact:
Heather Spalding
hspaldin@pdx.edu
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
College Network: Anis Zaman and Joe Culhane
Youth Network: Medha Gautham
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Neeraja Havaligi
15913 NW Linder St, Portland, OR 97229