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UNI to host first regional sustainability conference

February 20, 2013

Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, 319-273-3689,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is hosting its first regional sustainability conference, "Sustainability in Dialogue & Action: Academia and Community Looking to the Future," on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education on the UNI campus.

This two-day conference focuses on actions needed to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. The conference includes keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions on various topics of sustainability, poster sessions and tours.

Keynote speakers for the conference are:

Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York City, founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx in 2001. She hosts the public radio series The Promise Land, which received a Peabody Award in 2010. Carter also has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

Andres Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer and sustainability consultant. He is also founder and president of EduTracks, a group that specializes in developing innovative exhibits and media programs that inform visitors about green building and sustainability education. Andres has authored a number of books on sustainability and is a recipient of the 2011 Gold Medal from the Living Now Book Awards.

Winona LaDuke is an American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist and writer. In 1996 and 2000 she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party. She is currently the executive director of both Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project, which she founded at White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.

This event is open to the public; preregistration is required. For more information and to register, visit or contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, at 319-273-3689 or