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UNI offers waste reduction graduate credit workshop in Iowa City

March 29, 2012

Susan Salterberg, program manager, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, 319-337-4816,

Jennifer Jordan, recycling coordinator, Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 319-887-6160

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in cooperation with area landfills and solid waste agencies, will offer a one-hour, two-part UNI professional development workshop for educators. The workshop, "Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,'" will be held at the East Side Recycling Center in Iowa City. The first part of the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 21. The second part of the workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9. 

 The workshop will address waste and lifecycles, as well as global connections related to these issues. It will also address 21st century skills, mathematics, science, social studies and literacy skills outlined in the Iowa Core.

"We are pleased to host the workshop to encourage and facilitate more waste reduction education in Iowa," said Jennifer Jordan, recycling coordinator for the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

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A limited number of free registrations will be available to K through 12 teachers, thanks to support from local solid waste agencies. The workshop fee, including the graduate credit hour, is $50 for those not receiving a free registration. Teachers will receive, free-of-charge, $65 or more in books and other resources to use in their classrooms.

UNI is able to offer the graduate credit, free books and lesson plans due to funding support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. Other supporters include the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.

For more information, contact Susan Salterberg, program manager at the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), at 319-337-4816 or  The courses are offered through Science Education and the CEEE in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.