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8-17-12: GEF Institute Offers Discount for Online, On-Demand Course on Water and Sustainability
New Course Explores Key Issues Related to the Global Water Crisis and Conservation Strategies
August 17, 2012 – Water is our planet's most valuable resource and a topic of great concern as businesses, cities, and countries around the world contemplate the global water crisis. To educate and empower students and adults to be champions for water in their schools, communities and workplace, GEF Institute has launched its latest online course, Water and Sustainability. This course is also a component of the Institute’s online certificate program, Sustainability Specialist in Water. In celebration of the launch of the course, the Institute is offering a 10 percent discount on the online course or the certificate program by using the coupon code ‘water.’
Approximately 3.5 hours long, and completely self-paced, the online course examines key topics such as water science, aquatic ecosystems, water pollution, human water systems, the global water crisis, water footprints, and sustainable water technology. Consistent with all GEF Institute online courses, the content includes rich images and graphs, video narrations, pre and post assessments, quizzes, and activities. The course is offered on-demand so participants gain immediate access to course materials upon successful enrollment at which time they have 90 days to complete all requirements.
The Institute’s certificate programs are designed to be progressive, with each subsequent certificate level building upon the knowledge gained in the last. To earn the Sustainability Specialist Certificate in Water, participants simply complete the online course Water and Sustainability, plus the courses required to earn the Sustainability Professional Certificate. In total, participants are required to complete approximately 8 hours of self-paced coursework within 90 days. Topics covered in the Sustainability Professional Certificate include an introduction to sustainability, such as its purposes, challenges, and requirements; an examination of humans’ ecological footprint and how it has evolved over time to affect ecosystems; and a discussion of primary sustainability issues, specifically energy, food, water and pollution.
About GEF Institute
GEF Institute, a division of Green Education Foundation (GEF), was established to meet the increasing market demand for sustainability focused education and training. The Institute builds on GEF's expertise in K-12 sustainability education and STEM concepts by offering affordable online courses in sustainability to educators, students at the high school and undergraduate level, employees and professionals. In addition to individual online courses, the Institute’s robust certificate program distinguishes those with a proven comprehensive understanding of important sustainability topics. The Institute's courses are eligible for professional development or academic credit. www.gefinstitute.org