Rutgers has opened recruiting for its Environmental Stewards Class of 2010. The program, which begins in our area on January 10 and runs through June, is like an executive MBA in environmental studies. It is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in New Jersey. Rutgers brings in leading authorities from academia, government and the non-profit sector to share information and insights with students throughout six months of weekly seminars. You can see a preliminary class schedule here.
In our area, classes will be offered at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland, on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 pm. It costs $250 to enroll in the program and you also need to put in 60 hours of volunteer work on local environmental issues to get your certificate. Download the Essex application here, or e-mail program coordinator Jan Zientek. His phone number is (973) 228-2210, and you can get driving directions to the Environmental Center from the map below. Classes are also offered in Atlantic, Somerset and Burlington counties.