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UNI students to present blueprint for a sustainable society

April 14, 2011

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

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In observation of Earth Week, a group of students at the University of Northern Iowa will present a public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the auditorium of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), with a poster session preceding the forum at 6:45 p.m. The forum is part of a freshman seminar called "Visioning a Sustainable World in 2050."

"Young people have the most at stake and should be in the vanguard of the sustainability movement," said Bill Stigliani, seminar instructor and UNI professor of environmental science. "The current generation has inherited numerous problems, such as climate change, resource depletion, species extinction and ecosystem degradation. These problems are increasing, while global population expands and newly emerging economies are increasing the demand for energy and raw materials."

The students, who are Presidential Scholars, have been working throughout the semester on a synthesis report that outlines a blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 as they envision it. Presidential Scholars, who were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class with composite ACT scores of 29 or above, each receive a four-year renewable scholarship.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stigliani at 319-273-7150 or