Download as PDF

Kim Smith

Kim Smith received her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2000, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements.  She has taught sociology at Portland Community College (PCC) since 1996 and has served as PCC’s Service-Learning Coordinator, Teaching Learning Center Co-Director, and Training Coordinator for PCC’s Summer Sustainability Institute (funded by NSF).  She is the co-founder and former Director of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by United Nations University, in 2013. She also works closely with many non-profits, including the Northwest Earth Institute and Hands on Greater Portland. She represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit, in 2012, and served on AASHE’s Board of Directors from 2014-2017.  She also is an International Fellow with the U.S. Partnership for ESD and a higher education envoy for UNU, and led the U.S. delegation to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, in 2014.  She is committed to offering hope for a sustainable future through education, professional development, and civic engagement.