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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Environmental Leadership Program

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a new initiative launched by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The ELP, targeted at undergraduates, will include pre-professional workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities. The introduction of an Environmental Leadership Program is one of several key educational objectives in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) 2020.

iSEE is piloting two ELP workshops in Spring 2021, focused on environmental policy and corporate sustainability. These workshops will allow students to develop their sustainability leadership and communication skills, to learn about career paths in sustainability, and to establish valuable networking connections. Successful professionals in the environmental policy and corporate sustainability fields will lead workshop sessions.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021: Environmental Policy Workshop

In this online workshop, participants will learn how to better communicate and advocate for the environmental issues of most importance to them. The workshop will feature seminars by Prof. Eban Goodstein from Bard College and Ms. Jennifer Walling from the Illinois Environmental Council. Moreover, participants will get to work in teams to develop and deliver compelling talks about environmental issues of interest to a panel of judges.

iSEE is pleased to announce that the workshop filled to its capacity within three days of its launch; to be waitlisted for a spot in the workshop in case a registrant cannot attend, please email Paul Gharzouzi at gharzou2@illinois.edu.

MORE DETAILS

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (a campus non-instructional break day).

More details and the full schedule will be found in this spot on our webpage soon.

Registered students will receive a Zoom link and password on or about March 23.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Corporate Sustainability Workshop

This online workshop will give participating students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of corporate sustainability, establish networking opportunities with representatives from various companies, and apply for internships or full-time employment at such organizations! The first part of the workshop will consist of a keynote address and a panel discussion on the different views of sustainability in the private sector, followed by a Q&A session.

The second part will include our very first mini “green career fair,” in which representatives from the Career Center will be present to assist participants with any last-minute improvements to their resumes and elevator pitches before the fair. Participants will then engage with human resources staff from various companies and apply for internships or full-time employment opportunities in sustainability.

iSEE is pleased to announce that the workshop filled to its capacity within three days of its launch; to be waitlisted for a spot in the workshop in case a registrant cannot attend, please email Paul Gharzouzi at gharzou2@illinois.edu.

MORE DETAILS

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (a campus non-instructional break day).

More details and the full schedule will be found in this spot on our webpage soon.

Registered students will receive a Zoom link and password on or about April 12.

ELP External Advisory Board

iSEE is grateful to the following people for their participation and valued advice in creating the Environmental Leadership Program:

  • Harriet Hentges, President of Hentges Associates, an advisory firm on sustainability and corporate responsibility
  • Eban Goodstein, Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College
  • Tami Craig Schilling, Agronomy Knowledge Transfer Lead at Bayer Crop Science

Contact us!

For any inquiries about the workshops or the program — or to be waitlisted for one of our events — please email Paul Gharzouzi at gharzou2@illinois.edu.

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