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Environmental Leadership Academy

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

The Environmental Leadership Academy heightens awareness and engages individuals in critical thinking about environmental issues affecting our quality of life.

This annual conference will bring industry leaders together to facilitate a robust dialogue about California‚Äôs Energy Future. Two expert panels will provide perspectives on energy and public safety concerns, sustainable economic growth while mitigating climate impact, and much more. Recommendations will also be shared for local, state, and federal government decision-makers to minimize and mitigate fire risk in California.

In addition to robust and engaging discussions, you will tour facilites such as the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and CR&R Environmental Services.


Industry leaders and subject matter experts will deliver a balanced knowledge of critical environmental issues to support sound decision-making, functional solutions and best practices in the areas of energy, water, land, transportation and waste.


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, Open Space Planning, National Park System, Ecosystem Management and Restoration, Conservation Planning and Ecology, Air Quality, Waste Management, Urban Farming, Redevelopment and land use planning. 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.

Fee Includes:

  • Transportation to all site visits
  • Meals at all sessions
  • California Energy Symposium
  • 3.0 Continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Certificate of completion

Program Location and Dates

Dates Location
February 4-7, 2020 Various Inland Empire locations


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