Kansas Environmental Leadership

Kansas Environmental Leadership develops and supports a network of environmental leaders across Kansas. Participants undergo a comprehensive leadership development training. Together these leaders shift the conversation about subjects related to the environment, within their organizations and with the public.
The network also builds capacity for adult-focused environmental education in Kansas. Participants create a shared set of educational materials about environmental topics that remain relevant over time. 
Read our press release about Kansas Environmental Leadership. 

Kansas Environmental Leadership: History


Kansas Leadership Center Transformation Grant 

In 2015, the Climate + Energy Project received a Transformation Grant from the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) to participate in leadership development training throughout 2016. CEP provided full registration to over 20 current and aspiring environmental leaders to attend KLC’s three-day leadership training, You.Lead.Now (now Your Leadership Edge). 

CEP Staff and board members participated in the training alongside the scholarship recipients. Here’s what some of them had to say:

"The KLC leadership training challenged the way I look at leadership. It taught me to speak up and expect to make change and be ready for challenges. Be courageous to make conversations where people can freely express themselves. Keep conversations going among everyone in the meeting, not outside in the parking with people that agree with you. The fear of loss is an obstacle that must be understood to help overcome.”

"I appreciated very much that the KLC framework offered a realistic and practical interpretation of leadership and that it was dedicated to improving the community, not just individual achievement.”

"I have learned some new concepts that will help me lead sustainability in the right direction by bridging the gap between concern for issues and aspiration for a better future.”

"I appreciated the skill, enthusiasm, and different styles of the teachers. Changing teachers from session to session kept my attention and also demonstrated that different personalities and teaching styles could be effective.”

EPA's Environmental Education Grant Program

After the training, we imagined convening dozens of leaders specifically focused on environmental challenges for a dedicated leadership training that would help us collectively move forward on the adaptive challenges facing Kansas. The EPA Environmental Education Grant Program offered us the perfect opportunity to combine the outstanding KLC leadership development training with key principles of Environmental Education to help improve outreach and education with the public.


Thus, Kansas Environmental Leadership was born.  

The 2018 Kansas Environmental Leadership Summit will convene 40 current and aspiring environmental leaders in Kansas to strengthen networks, improve outreach, and cultivate leadership skills.   

Adaptive work requires experimentation and a positive outlook.  It requires us to distinguish between "what is precious and essential, and what is expendable."  In this sense, the "point of innovation is to conserve what is best from history as the community moves into the future." (For the Common Good - KLC Participant Handbook)  

What do you see as precious and essential in Kansas?  What does innovation look like as our communities move into the future?  Do you have ideas on how we can make progress in Kansas? Join us in July for the Kansas Environmental Leadership Summit!