UNI students to present blueprint for a sustainable society

Cedar Falls, Iowa – A group of students enrolled in the course “Introduction to Sustainability” at the University of Northern Iowa will present a public forum on “Visioning a Sustainable World in 2050.”

The public forum will be presented Tuesday, December 6, in the auditorium of UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE).  A poster session will be held from 6:30-7 p.m., with the forum following at 7 p.m.  The event is open to the public and free of charge.

“Young people have the most at stake and should be in the vanguard of the sustainability movement,” said Bill Stigliani, course instructor and UNI professor in the CEEE.  The current generation has inherited numerous problems, such as climate change, resource depletion, species extinction and ecosystem degradation, he explained.  “These problems are increasing while global population expands and newly emerging economies are increasing the demand for energy and raw materials.”

The students have been working throughout the semester on a synthesis report that outlines a blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 as they envision it.