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Rio+20 Report-back Roundtable
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 2:00pm to Friday, October 19, 2012 - 4:00pm

Rio+20 Report-back Roundtable

Getting to the future we want . . .


PSU Social Sustainability Colloquium

Friday, October 19

2 to 4 p.m.

Room 660, Academic and Student Recreation Building


Kim Smith, Elaine Hallmark, Jade Frank

Facilitated by Angela Hamilton


Hear from and speak with three Portlanders who were involved with Rio+20, June 2012.  Kim Smith attended as a representative of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with hopes of bridging higher education, non-profit, and policy initiatives for sustainability.  Representing Beyond War, Elaine Hallmark contributed her consensus-building perspective to a question of how to achieve the under-funded Millennium Development Goals while such large budgets are spent on military expenditures.   Jade Frank, of World Pulse, created a digital action campaign to rally grassroots women's voices from communities around the world to collect, publish, and present testimonies and recommendations at the forum. 

Join us for a locally-focused report-back of this historical global summit.

·       Who did you represent?  Why you were involved?  How did you get to participate in something like Rio+20? 

·      Why does this summit matter to us here in Portland? 

·      What was your role and/or your organization's role?  What did you do while there? 

·      Did you have a goal related to your participation?  What had you hoped for?  What resulted? 

·      What's next? 


In June of 2012, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together in Brazil to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want. 

Two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development, poverty eradication, and an institutional framework for sustainable development.  Seven priority areas:  decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans, and disaster readiness.

This United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. 

Elaine Hallmark, Beyond War and National Policy Consensus Center at PSU. A lawyer by training, a pioneer in developing the use of mediation in Oregon, a key author of the legislation creating the State of Oregon's Dispute Resolution Commission and its first chair, Elaine and her husband Bill, founders of Beyond War, are committed to the vision of a world that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling--a world that works for everyone without war. Elaine was also at COP 15 in 2009!

Kim Smith, Sociology professor at Portland Community College, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. Kim also served as PCC’s Service-Learning Coordinator and the Training Coordinator for PCC’s Summer Sustainability Institute. Committed to promoting sustainability within the community, she has worked closely with the Northwest Earth Institute, Community Energy Project, City Repair, and Hands on Greater Portland.  One of her blog posts from Rio+20

Jade Frank, Digital Campaigns Manager at World Pulse, an action media network powered by women from 190 countries. Jade built World Pulse's community of grassroots women leaders into a thriving online network for women from some of the most vulnerable regions of the world to establish a community of support for their vision and voice. She led the design and production of digital action campaign to advise world leaders at the Rio+20 Earth Summit on ensuring gender inclusive outcomes.

Angela Hamilton, Education and Student Programs Coordinator for the Institute of Sustainable Solutions, manages the PSU Solutions Generator program: sustainability leadership education and funding for student-led sustainability projects. With an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy and a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education, she teaches sustainability leadership and social sustainability, is a founding board member for the Earth Wisdom Alliance, and is Regional Leadership Programs Coordinator for the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development