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Sustainability Events

Collective Impact and
Regional Centers of Expertise

Kim Smith

  • Professor, Portland Community College Sylvania

Kim Smith, PhD is the co-founder of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a UNU Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. In addition, she has represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the US Partnership for ESD, and United Nations University at multiple international conferences, including Rio+20 and the UNESCO World Summit on ESD, and served on AASHE’s Board of Directors from 2014-2017.

In her talk, Smith will explore how being acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) by the United Nations University can scale up regional sustainability education efforts. She will highlight the history of RCEs, different models of RCEs in the U.S., current UN initiatives, and the RCE development process. As a mentor to RCEs throughout the U.S., Dr. Smith will dig into lessons and tools that will help discover the power of our own collective impact.

If you wish to watch this presentation online, please use this Zoom link at the start time of event.

A light lunch will be served.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.