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Kim Smith

Kim Smith is a sociology instructor at Portland Community College (PCC), in Portland, Oregon, an AASHE Board member and Coordinator of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network(GPSEN). In her journey toward working in international sustainable development, Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2000, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. Her dissertation research focused on the timber conflict in Oregon. Other accomplishments include: representing AASHE at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development where she joined a coalition of leaders to promote the role of higher education in sustainable development; leading the U.S. delegation to the UNESCO World Summit on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Japan; and helping author the Global Action Programme on ESD Implementation Recommendations for the U.S.. Dr. Smith is working with a coalition of multi-sector leaders to identify how formal and nonformal education can help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. She recently returned from a conference in India where participants developed a series of recommendations on how education can be the “driver” for the SDGs. Dr. Smith strives to stay on top of international sustainability developments through UNESCO, UN University and the Global Alliance. Serving as AASHE’s international liaison, her focus includes how to better communicate what the U.S. and Canada are doing to advance sustainability and making sure that success stories in our higher education campus communities are shared and represented in international conversations.