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UNI certificate in sustainability now offered

May 8, 2014

Bill Stigliani, professor, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, 319-273-7150,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is offering a new certificate in sustainability after final approval by the Iowa Board of Regents on April 24. Attaining the certificate will likely improve students' job opportunities, as a recent report suggests that two-thirds of companies now cite sustainability as a competitive necessity in the marketplace; employers also value job candidates with background knowledge in environment and sustainability.

The certificate requires 15 credit hours, which includes an introductory course and four electives. Electives may be chosen from six content streams: natural and biological environments; mathematical and economic dimensions; urban environments and technology; sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation; social, philosophical and political dimensions; and teacher education in sustainability and environmental literacy.

Students may select up to two courses from one content stream, but at least two courses must be selected from other content streams. The certificate is open to all undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

For more information, contact Bill Stigliani, professor in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, at 319-273-7150 or