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Buena Vista Co. Solid Waste supports teachers' attendance at workshop for a cleaner world

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked "R," a one-hour University of Northern Iowa graduate credit course, will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center between Sutherland and Peterson as a two-part course in June and November 2012.

The workshop is sponsored in part by solid waste agencies and county conservation boards. Buena Vista County Solid Waste is supporting area teachers' participation in this workshop by paying registration fees for a limited number of educators either living or working in Buena Vista County. Charlene Eylea, O'Brien County Naturalist says, "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."

The workshop will address waste and life cycles, 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. Teachers will receive, free-of-charge, $65 or more in books and other resources to use in their classrooms.

The Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked "R" course will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, and from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, June 15. The follow-up workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m.

The workshop fee, including the graduate credit hour, is $50-or free to teachers in select areas, such as Buena Vista County. Go to www.ceee.uni.edu/wastereduction/workshop... for course details and to register. For other information, contact Susan Salterberg, instructor, at 319-337-4816 or salterberg@uni.edu. The courses are offered through Science Education and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

UNI is able to offer the graduate credit, free books and lesson plans thanks 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 other solid waste agencies and the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.



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