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Environmental Leadership Academy

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

The objective of the Environmental Leadership Academy is to heighten awareness and engage individuals in critical thinking around environmental issues affecting our quality of life; such as climate change, air and water quality, land use change, endangered species, energy, and waste.

Learn to lead others in a better understanding of the complexities of serious environmental issues that touch on all areas of life. Upon completion you will recognize the need for developing sensible and farsighted policies to make Southern California region a national model for balancing long-term sustainability with economic vitality and environmental stewardship.


Through field demonstrations, hiking, interactive group discussions, expert panels, and focused lectures by experienced subject-matter-experts participants learn about a variety of environmental topics.


Includes city planners, business environmental managers, city managers, architects, EDC members, conservation agencies, chamber of commerce leaders, water agencies, sustainability leaders, nonprofits and military. 

Topic Areas

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

Program Cost

The total cost of the program is $650*. A discounted rate of $550 will be provided to nonprofit and government agencies as well as veterans. CSUSM students will be provided a discounted rate of $345 plus one unit of credit in BIOL 396 (optional).

*Fee Includes:

  • 40 hours of instruction
  • 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU)
  • Subject-matter-expert presentations and experiential learning
  • Tours
  • All meals at each session
  • Certificate of Completion for attendance at all four sessions

Program Locations and Dates

Inland Empire Region - Fall 2017

Registration for the Fall 2017 program will open April 15.

Times: Thursdays, 10 am -7 pm and Fridays, 8 am - 3 pm

Dates Location
September 7-8 Joshua Tree National Park
October 5-6  Temecula
November 2-3  Palm Desert
December 7-8 Riverside

For inquiries regarding the Enviromental Leadership Academy, please continue to check this page for updates or contact Aida Matheny at or (760) 750-8745.

The ELA Certificate program is sponsored by our Environmental Leadership Institute Board Advisors which include the following:

  • Southern California Edison / Edison International
  • SoCalGas / Sempra Energy
  • CR&R Environmental Services
  • Western Riverside Council of Governments
  • Metropolitan Water District
  • CAL FIRE and CAL FIRE Local 2881
  • Ambient Communities
  • Eastern Municipal Water District
  • Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute
  • Environmental Education Collaborative

For questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities for the Inland Empire Region Academy please contact:

CSUSM at Temecula

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