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NEW YORK (Sept. 13, 2010) – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) today announced its sponsorship of a competition on improving sustainability practices in business and accountingThe competition is open to students pursuing either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

“The competition will showcase the many career opportunities in the accounting profession,” said Jeannie Patton, AICPA vice president – students, academics and membership. “We chose sustainability as the theme because more and more companies around the world are linking their performance with the economic, environmental and social costs of doing business.  The accounting profession will help them reflect sustainability in their financial reporting.”

The AICPA is partnering with the Institute for Sustainable Development, a North Carolina Research Triangle -based organization that in 2009 named the AICPA a Green Plus Mover in recognition of its efforts to be a green small business.

Students participating in the competition must work in teams of four, each of which must include at least two accounting majors.  One of the accounting majors must serve as team leader.  There will be three finalist teams that will receive a cash award.  The team placing first will receive $10,000; the second-place team, $5,000; and the third-place team, $2,500.

The AICPA is holding the competition in connection with today’s launch of, which helps college students and candidates for the CPA exam investigate the variety of accounting careers. is a companion to the AICPA’s popular, which educates high school students about accounting careers. Since its 2001 launch, has gained users in all 50 states and 180 countries.

For more information or to register for the competition, visit

The AICPA is a member of The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project, which works with accounting bodies, businesses, investors and others to develop guidance for integrating sustainability into decision-making and reporting.  In 2009, The Prince delivered a videotaped message on sustainability to the Institute’s governing Council.

About the AICPA

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants ( is the national, professional association of CPAs, with more than 360,000 CPA members in business and industry, public practice, government, education, student affiliates and international associates. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination. The AICPA publishes the website to inform members and the public about international accounting standards.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Durham, N.C., Ewing, N.J. and Lewisville, Texas.

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