Curriculum Design and Faculty Lead

Matt Rahn, Director Environmental Leadership Institute, CSUSM 

Topic Areas

  • Ethics, Economics and History
  • Adaptation and Sustainability
  • Environmental Law & Regulation
  • Geology & Seismic
  • Water
  • Geology, Hydrology & Water Rights
  • Santa Ana Watershed
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy, Reliability, Transmission and Siting
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Culture and Philanthropy
  • Open Space Planning
  • National Park System
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Management & Restoration
  • Conservation Planning and Ecology
  • Air Quality
  • Waste Management
  • Urban Farming
  • Redevelopment and Land use planning
  • Sustainable Communities

*In order that this program remain relevant and timely, topics are subject to change.  


Locations have been carefully selected to take advantage of each site’s uniqueness that might best illustrate the environmental issues for that session and with attention to the climate and time of year. Students should expect outdoor fieldtrips with a good amount of walking on rugged terrain.  All meals are included in your course fee during the Academy.

Sept                   10-11  

October               08-09

November            12-13
December            03-04                                                     

Each of the four sessions meets:        

Day 1, 12:00 – 7:00 pm

Day 2, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


The Community Foundation

Southern California Edison