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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches New Certificate Program in Sustainable Solutions and Practices

Program Integrates Best Practices in Sustainability and Business Strategies

IRVINE, Calif. – August 15, 2013 – The University of California, Irvine Extension is offering a brand new Certificate Program in Sustainable Solutions and Practices. The new program is in response to increasing demand for professionals with experience in community and global sustainability issues. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the program will teach students to combine the elements of sustainable development, sociological awareness and environmentalism with business management, leadership and reporting strategies. This program is intended for those employed in the sustainability field, managers, directors, analysts, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, designers, business owners, consultants and all those interested in sustainability for future generations.

“Modern sustainability reaches far beyond going green,” said Angela Jeantet, director of Education and Business Programs at UC Irvine Extension. “Many businesses are now realizing it’s a constantly evolving field with so many facets in today’s society, and there is a need for professionals who understand the many intricacies. The new Sustainable Solutions and Practices Certificate Program will answer that need with graduates who are well versed in a variety of sustainability topics, from a real-world, business-applicable standpoint.”

This upcoming fall, Macro-Sustainability: Global Awareness will be offered as an online course starting Sept. 23 and ending Dec.15. This newly crafted course will focus on global and national sustainability challenges and discuss the interrelated drivers, principles and practices that can lead to a more sustainable world. Participants will better understand the root causes of issues such as environmental degradation, climate change, pollution and waste, increasing resource consumption and short-sighted economic and political policies.

Course instructor David Lloyd, M.S.E.E., is a chief engineer in advanced technology and business development at Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. He has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management and currently holds nine patents. His nonprofit and community work focuses on environmental stewardship and education.

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.