Courtesy of the UNI Newsroom

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa –  The Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa will offer three workshops to prepare leaders to help individuals make their holidays more environmentally friendly and more meaningful. The first workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Lost Island Nature Center in Ruthven, Iowa.

This Reclaim Your Holidays workshop is intended for naturalists, teachers, religious leaders, extension and local food specialists, sustainability coordinators, wellness professionals, solid waste educators and other formal and non-formal educators interested in helping Iowans reduce their environmental footprints during the holidays. 

The cost is $20 per person and CEU credits are available for an additional $10 or $30 total. Registration deadline is Monday, July 25. Register at visit reclaimyourholidays/workshops.aspx. 

Participants will receive tools and information to create greener, more meaningful holidays. Using website resources, they will explore the joys and stress of the holidays. Information on how to save energy, use local food and place the holiday focus on relationships rather than materialism will be provided. 

A free Reclaim Your Holidays poster and a hardcover book about meaningful giving will be given. "This will be a fun, inspirational and interactive workshop loaded with practical information," said Susan Salterberg, CEEE program manager.

The Reclaim Your Holidays initiative is offered in partnership with the Iowa Association of Naturalists, Cool Congregations, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, the Iowa Recycling Association and Iowa State University Extension. Support is provided by REAP Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program.