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Kaplan University Sparks the Conversation on Women and the Environment for World Environmental Health Day

Sep. 24, 2014

“Environmental Women of the World” series written and narrated by Head of the SeaTrust
Institute Delegation at UN conventions including the UNFCCC and UNCSD and environmental
researcher Lynn Wilson pays tribute to pivotal women in environmental health and challenges
others to take action


DAVENPORT, Iowa – September 24, 2014 – Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, announces the launch of theEnvironmental Women of the World series in recognition of World Environmental Health Day on September 26. The series, comprised of video tributes and blog posts, celebrates women who have devoted their lives to promoting environmental health, and spotlights five inspirational women who have changed the world with their pioneering research, unwavering commitment to their cause and mentorship of the next generation of environmental leaders.

Narrated by Lynn Wilson, academic chair of public administration at Kaplan University, founder of the SeaTrust Institute and a female delegate for the United Nations, the series is designed to generate awareness about how people both affect and are affected by changes in our environment. The series highlights the unique perspectives and strengths that women bring to the role of environmental health and advocacy. Wilson hopes it will serve as a source of inspiration for the public to get more involved in preserving the environmental health of the world.

“Despite the many discouraging, environmental issues in today’s world, the women highlighted in the Environmental Women of the World series portray hope and optimism through the strides they are making in the field of environmental health,” said Lynn Wilson. “These inspirational women helped guide me in identifying my own career path, sparking a passion in me to become an environmental researcher and public administration educator at Kaplan University.”

The series features Sylvia Earle, oceanographer; Jane Goodall, primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist; Margareta Wahlström, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization; and Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Kaplan University values the importance of educating students on environmental health and developing the next generation of environmental leaders who will protect and preserve the world we all share,” said Wilson.

To learn more about the Environmental Women of the World series and Kaplan University’s Environmental Studies program, visitEnvironmentalLeaders.KaplanU.edu.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 44,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 60,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.

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