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Two-week Seminar on Global Sustainability Leadership

Accelerated Program Arms Professionals Tasked with Sustainability Implementation with Needed Skills

IRVINE, Calif. – May 6, 2010 – University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the availability of a new, two-week, full-time intensive study seminar titled, “Global Sustainability Leadership,” taking place on campus July 19-30. This accelerated U.S. Green Building Council (USGBD) approved program is designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking specialty training or adapting to new careers in sustainability. The hands-on course will provide participants with knowledge of successful sustainability practices and environmental stewardship from both an international and local business perspective.

“UC Irvine Extension is excited to provide professionals, with limited time for training, with broad and content rich curriculum covering all topics with diligence,” said Kelly L. Oto, assistant director of professional programs at UC Irvine Extension. “In the two-weeks, professionals from all over the world will have the opportunity to understand how to implement sustainable business solutions into daily operations that can help produce bottom line results and observe real world business examples in action.”

“Global Sustainability Leadership” will educate participants on how to identify practical applications in energy, sustainability, planning, and environmental management. A variety of industry experts will serve as course instructors to explain and demonstrate how various issues – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), triple bottom line, legal/regulatory issues, and cleantech are applicable to international and domestic businesses. Through the core foundations of the program, attendees will learn more about LEED, legal and corporate social responsibility, ethical considerations, green marketing, green financial strategies, energy efficiency, and sustainability reporting. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit and network with organizations in Southern California that have successfully integrated innovative sustainable strategies into their daily operations.

By the end of the seminar, professionals will have developed the ability to discern global sustainability issue and their interdependency and identify practical application in energy sustainability, planning, and environmental management. Professionals that finish the rigorous seminar will receive a certificate of completion from UC Irvine Extension.

This new seminar offering, apart of UC Irvine Extension’s Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, affirms the universities commitment to education that integrates sustainable development and environmentalism in management strategies; advances the comprehension of environmental compliance; contributes to an understanding of regulatory trends; and adds to the achievement of corporate social responsibility.

To learn more about UC Irvine Extension’s Global Sustainability Leadership seminar or to register, please visit http://unex.uci.edu/international/seminars/gsl.aspx or call 949-824-7664.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.