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UCI Division of Continuing Education Announces New Sustainability Courses & Webinar

Online Courses and Free Webinar Prepare Students For Careers in Expanding Sustainability Realm

IRVINE, Calif. – December 4, 2013 – University of California, Irvine Extension today announced that it will offer “Micro-Sustainability: Local Impact” and “Corporate Social Responsibility & Green Business,” two online courses that explore current events, challenges and solutions related to sustainability and the environment. The courses are part of UC Irvine Extension’s Sustainable Solutions & Practices Certificate Program and begin on Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, respectively. Offered on Dec. 13 from Noon to 1 p.m. PST, a free webinar titled, “Micro-Sustainability: A Primer for Local Impact” will serve as a precursor to the Micro-Sustainability course, giving attendees an idea about the ever-increasing importance of positive local change.

“These offerings provide invaluable education and training for change-driven students seeking to make a future sustainability impact,” said Angela Jeantet, director of education and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “Understanding the current social and economic state of our environment is key for professionals in almost any field, and our seasoned course instructors will draw from extensive hands-on experience to impart this knowledge.”

In Micro-Sustainability: Local Impact, students will learn to apply the adage “Think globally, act locally,” in terms of sustainability challenges, practices and solutions. The course will guide participants on the community-level problems and actions that can be taken to ameliorate the threats to today’s ecosystems. Discussion topics will include consumer behavior, transportation and food challenges, green marketing and “green wash” campaigns, sustainability of built environments, energy consumption, waste management, and development of an individual sustainability plan.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Green Business will explore the explosion of corporate social responsibility into mainstream business decision-making—which has been fueled by an unprecedented number of recent environmental, financial, legal, social and climate events. Providing a broad overview, this course introduces, identifies, reviews and assesses the interrelated sustainability motivators, drivers, principles and practices that have become the new imperative for business and financial sense.

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.