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UNI offers waste reduction graduate credit workshop near Peterson

March 29, 2012

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

Charlene Elyea, O'Brien County Conservation Board, 712-295-7200

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- -- The University of Northern Iowa, in cooperation with county conservation boards, area landfills and solid waste agencies, will offer a one-hour, two-part UNI professional development workshop for educators, "Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R.'" The workshop will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center, located between Sutherland and Peterson, Iowa, on Hwy. 10. The first part of the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, June 15. The second part of the workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1.

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 excited to bring this learning opportunity to Northwest Iowa. Through these lessons teachers will be able to engage their students in experiences which help to make a difference in their own personal lives," said Charlene Eylea, O'Brien County naturalist.

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The workshop fee, including the graduate credit hour, is $50 or free, thanks to the support of some area solid waste agencies.  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 Clay, Lyon, O'Brien, Page, Palo Alto and Sioux County Conservation Boards, as well as solid waste agencies and 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.