U Oregon Offers Climate School for Local Businesses

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Following their popular Climate Masters at Home, the University of Oregon "Climate Masters at Work" is a 10-week program aimed at educating local business owners on how to green their business, and why, reports the Register-Guard. The coursework not only focuses on Climate Change 101 and how to reduce the carbon footprint of the business, but also how to save money in the process - something that is desperately needed at this time.The program began in October and lasted for 2.5 months, at which point the shop owners continue on with the Lane Community College Business Development Center until June for six months of consulting advice. Consulting company Good Company will also be on hand to offer business advice and environmental best practices through group and one-on-one counseling sessions.

Coursework topics include: "transportation, energy use, building construction and waste management" - with the extra counseling and advice at the completion of the program to help promote action instead of just education. Students also reported that their companies are now able to form a network of resources to share ideas and best practices, and help each other go green together. Several of the current students' companies are already implementing lessons learned, like a construction company looking at making their next building green, and a local credit union eliminated water bottles and installed a water filtration system for their sink.

Interested in applying for the next semester? Applications are available online now and the next session runs from April 7 - June 9 on Tuesdays from 8-10am. Applications are due March 26, 2009.:The Register-Guard
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