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UNI Reclaim Your Holiday initiative to host workshop in Des Moines

August 9, 2011

Carole Yates, program manager, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 319-273-7599,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will offer a second workshop to prepare leaders to help their audiences make their holidays more environmentally friendly and more meaningful. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines.

This Reclaim Your Holidays workshop is intended for naturalists, teachers, religious leaders, extension and local food specialists, sustainability coordinators, librarians, wellness professionals, solid waste educators and other formal and non-formal educators interested in helping Iowans flourish at the holidays and reduce their environmental footprints. 

Participants will receive tools and information to help their audiences have greener, more meaningful holidays.  Using website resources, they will explore their favorite parts of holidays, as well as what doesn't always go well. Information on how to save energy, use local food and place the holiday focus on relationships rather than materialism will be provided.

A free Reclaim Your Holidays poster and a hardcover book about meaningful giving will be given. "This will be a fun, inspirational and interactive workshop loaded with practical information," said Susan Salterberg, CEEE program manager.

The Reclaim Your Holidays initiative is offered in partnership with the Iowa Association of Naturalists, Cool Congregations, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, the Iowa Recycling Association and the Iowa State University Extension. Support is provided by the REAP Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program.

The cost of the workshop is $20 per person and continuing education credits are available for an additional $10 or $30 total.  Registration deadline is Sept. 1. Register online at reclaimyourholidays/workshops.aspx.