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March 16, 2006

Advisor To Student Engineering Group Will Attend UNESCO Meeting In Paris

The University of Iowa student organization, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), has been honored by having the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) select its UI faulty advisor to attend a March 21-24 international conference at UNESCO world headquarters in Paris.

Craig Just, UI associate research scientist in the College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and ESW advisor, will attend the ESW International Meeting and Conference, sponsored by UNESCO. Just says that the meeting will focus on establishing an international ESW organization to enable interested groups from around the globe to participate more closely with U.S.-based ESW chapters on sustainable development projects and education.

"I'm honored to be involved with expanding ESW into an international organization focused on sustainable development and poverty reduction issues

from the engineering perspective," Just says. "Personally, it's also a very special way to celebrate World Water Day, March 22nd, which is coordinated by UNESCO."

Recently, the UI chapter became one of 42 groups nationwide to receive $10,000 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants to travel to Washington, D.C. this spring to participate in a competitive presentation of environmental proposals. The UI proposal -- to adapt an Iowa Department of Natural Resources pollution prevention internship program to make it an exchange program with students in Mexico -- is designed to help residents of Xicotepec, Mexico prevent pollution in ways that aid the environment and the economy.

Engineers for a Sustainable World is a nonprofit organization with a network of more than 3,000 professionals and students working to reduce poverty and improve global sustainability. The UI chapter, comprised of students and professionals, works with Rotary International District 6000, which provides local contacts in foreign lands as well as logistical and financial support. Further information about ESW can be found at:

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