Greater Portland has been recognized as a formal Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability. Our region joins 127 RCEs around the world (now numbering three in the U.S.: Grand Rapids, Mich., Shenandoah Valley, Va., and Portland). The University of Portland has been one of the institutions cooperating to propose this RCE, as have Portland State, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Marylhurst, the University of Oregon Portland campus, Washington State University-Vancouver, Pacific University, and many other educational, government institutions, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. The RCE is intended to increase collaborations in the greater Portland area to promote the understanding of sustainability. To see a complete list of RCE members see http://tinyurl.com/k7cxao3 and for more information contact Steve Kolmes, environmental studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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