Environmental Leadership Academy

Fostering visionary, spirited and thoughtful leadership toward a just and sustainable future. 

In Partnership with

The Community Foundation (TCF) serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Southern California Gas Company

Southern California Edison

Our mission is to engage current and emerging leaders and professionals in the Inland Empire region in critical environmental issues affecting our quality of life; such as climate change, air pollution, land use change, endangered species, water quality and energy.

Program Overview

An urgent need exists for current and next-generation leaders to have a well-balanced knowledge and understanding of the critical environmental issues with which to support their sound and well informed decision making and best practices. According to a report published by the Public Policy Institute of California, by 2015, the population of the region will grow by almost one million— close to five times the current population of the city of San Bernardino, and well above the state’s overall growth rate—to about 4.9 million total.  As the Inland Empire region prepares for this growth and development, our leaders will need an understanding of the environmental effects on our quality of life and for developing prudent policies that will make this two-county area a national model for balancing long-term sustainability with economic vitality and environmental stewardship. 

The Environmental Leadership Academy uses a comprehensive approach to deliver program content through the use of field demonstrations, walking and bus tours, interactive group discussions, expert panels, and focused lecture presentations by experienced subject-matter-experts.


The Environmental Leadership Academy is made up of four (4) sessions – a day and a half each – beginning on Thursday at 12 pm and ending at 4 pm on Friday: September 10 and 11, October 8 and 9, 2015; and November 12 and 13, and December 03 and 04, 2015. 

The first session in September includes an over-night retreat and is intended as an initial building block for creating a supportive and collaborative environment among members of the class.  All meals will be included beginning with a light lunch on the first day and ending with a lunch and mid-afternoon snack on Friday.

Who should attend?

Those who wish to better understand:

  • Development of quality of life;
  • Critical environmental challenges and opportunities;
  • Responsibilities of stewardship; and 
  • Long-term sustainability

Join a network of exemplary leaders who will gain better insight into the issues through a process of inquiry, dialogue, and a bird’s-eye-view; and who are dedicated to the quality of life in our region. 

Professionals from transportation, health, land use and economic development, city and county planners and commissioners, contractors, developers, architects, city council members, community leaders, educators, public policy board members, environmental policymakers, landmark and historic resource commissioners, attorneys, realtors, students and involved citizens. 

            2013 Graduating Class

ELAC Graduating Class of 2013 Picture

                                                                 May 2012 Graduating Class

ELAC May '12 Graduating Class

   December 2012 Graduating Class

ELAC December 2012 Graduating Class