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 WSU Offers Sustainability Course

Winona State University will offer a new course, Energy and Sustainable Living, beginning in January 2012.
WINONA, Minn. – Winona State University will offer a new course, Energy and Sustainable Living, beginning in January 2012.
The course will be offered online with one weekend field experience. It is designed for individuals who want to “green up” their skills and develop a basic understanding of environmental sustainability that can be applied in their homes, workplaces and communities.
 
The course instructor will be Rich Huelskamp, a professional in the Minnesota energy industry who has more than 25 years of experience. Students will learn about energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, carbon emissions, alternative building and transportation options, ways to make a home or business more eco-friendly, and “green” technologies and jobs.
 
The online course format incorporates a hands-on, experiential learning component at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center April 14-15. The course was developed in collaboration with Eagle Bluff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Clean Energy Resource Teams, and Winona County Environmental Services with contributions from more than 25 national and regional organizations and subject matter experts.
 
The course can be taken for credit as part of WSU’s new Sustainability minor or it can be taken as a non-credit course by visiting adult students.
The Professional Studies – Sustainability option minor was developed by an interdisciplinary team of WSU faculty committed to providing students with an overview of the fundamentals of sustainability while also giving students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in specific areas of study.
 
Professor Jeanne Franz of the chemistry department led the curriculum development efforts. A cohort of full time faculty will teach the interdisciplinary minor.
Course options will be available from a variety of departments including biology, chemistry, composite engineering, computer science, English, health exercise and rehabilitative science, geoscience, global studies, mathematics and statistics, recreation tourism and therapeutic recreation, philosophy, political science, and theater arts.
 
The new curriculum supports WSU’s commitment to sustainability and to reduce carbon emissions. WSU President Judith Ramaley was one of the earliest supporters of sustainability efforts in higher education when she signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007.
 
For more information, visit WSU’s Outreach and Continuing Education website at www.winona.edu/OCED or call 507-457-5080.
 
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