ECHO Celebrates Earth Week, Sustainable Innovation with 7th Annual Earth Week MudFest With other Vermont organizations such as the University of Vermont, ECHO honors Earth Day 2012

TAMPA, Fla., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Earth Day 2012, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, will host the 7th annual ECHO Earth Weeks' MudFest. From April 21-29, 10am-4pm, visitors will be educated and entertained with mud-themed interactive activities, games, eco-exhibitions and "Muddy Music" from acclaimed local musicians.

ECHO hosts this annual event to help raise awareness of Earth Week and the importance of sustainable innovation. Sustainability is a growing trend that addresses environmental responsibility and can be applied across all aspects of life. As a state, Vermont has long stood as a leader in sustainable innovation. For decades, organizations across the state have been actively involved in spreading the word about sustainability to a growing global audience.

The University of Vermont, a U.S. News & World Report-ranked and regionally accredited university, is leading the effort in Vermont to emphasize sustainability practices for businesses and college campuses across the globe. UVM currently offers two online sustainability certificate programs 100% online. The Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Innovation is aimed at giving business professionals the expertise to develop and maintain environmental, economic and social responsibility in the business setting. The Advanced Certificate in Campus Sustainable Innovation engages students, faculty and staff to transform their entire campus environment into a sustainable and responsible institution.

Powered by University Alliance technology, the video-based e-learning platform features streaming video lectures with 24/7 access, live chat rooms, discussion boards and email.

"Sustainability is proving to be a critical strategic initiative for organizations of all types who not only want to implement eco-friendly practices, but also increase profitability," said Adrian Marrullier, the Executive Vice President of University Alliance. "The University of Vermont's online programs offer the information that businesses need to successfully bring these practices into their organization."

The 100% online environment of UVM's sustainability courses allows students to access classes anytime and anywhere an Internet connection is available. This provides convenience and flexibility that is so important to today's busy business professionals and students.

To find out more about UVM Advanced Certificates offered 100% online, visit

About the University of Vermont

Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. It is the fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown). Located in Burlington, Vermont, UVM's setting in a valley on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, inspires visitors and residents alike.

About University Alliance

The University Alliance (UA) facilitates the promotion and online delivery of associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificate programs from the nation's leading traditional universities and institutions. Powered by UA's technology and support services, its university partners have surpassed 450,000 online enrollments -- making UA the largest facilitator of e-learning in the country. University partners include Villanova University, the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, the University of San Francisco, the University of Vermont, The University of Scranton, Jacksonville University, Dominican University and New England College.

Contact Information:
Sandy Levine, VP of Marketing Services
Bisk Education/University Alliance Online
9417 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33619
813-621-6200, ext. 328

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