Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Leadership for a Sustainable Future is a dynamic, interdisciplinary learning experience.  The 10-month program teaches participants to identify and prioritize ecological, economic, and social equity issues – challenges and opportunities -- when creating or analyzing public policies.  The goal of the course is to assist graduates to make highly informed decisions for the benefit of this and future generations.

The comprehensive curriculum covers sustainability issues, government structure, and local public policy among other topics. This seminar-style course takes place one day per month from August through May.  Presentations by national, regional and local experts, panel discussions, field trips, hands-on exercises and a group leadership project all serve to inspire and inform, raising and answering the tough questions of our time.

Participants deepen their understanding of key public policy issues and opportunities while gaining a clearer vision for a more just and sustainable future. They also connect with other concerned leaders, receive an extensive range of resources, and develop the skills, tools, and networks needed to become more effective policymakers and community leaders.

Topics Include:

  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Social Equity
  • Food Systems
  • Water
  • Health
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Community Planning
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Business and Economy
  • Jobs and Working Families
  • Public Policy
  • Leadership for Sustainable Communities

Upon acceptance into the education program students join a network of over 450 other graduates who, through their shared experience of completing the Leadership for a Sustainable Future program, make up the Fellows Network.  As a graduate, you are also eligible to join the Fellows' Alumni Network (FANs) and receive discounts to our Speakers Series, Sustainability and Beyond education programs, and invitation to FANs only events with our staff and Board of Directors. 

Tuition for the LSF program is $2,500, and tuition assistance is available. For a detailed program overview of the Leadership for a Sustainable Future course, including class dates, tuition break down, and for a list of frequently asked questions please click here.

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact the Leadership Institute at (707) 578-9133 or email ecoleader@ecoleader.org.

Apply for Tuition Assistance

To apply for Tuition Assistance, you must first apply for the Leadership for a Sustainable Future Class of 2016-2017 course. After you have submitted your online registration, you will be asked if you would like to apply for Tuition Assistance. Follow the instructions on the screen to submit your Tuition Assistance application.

Apply for the Leadership for a Sustainable Future Class of 2016-2017 course below

Priority application deadline: 5:00 PM Monday, May 16, 2016. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2016

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Applicants will be notified of their status by June 24, 2016. All information will be kept confidential.