2014 Emerging and Innovative Environmental Leaders

by Environmental Leadership Program
2013 National Fellows
2013 National Fellows

When ELP first launched this GlobalGiving Project at the beginning of the year we were looking forward to the selection of new Fellows for our New England and Eastern Regional Networks. Since that time, we have added a new Chesapeake Regional Network (for those living and/or working in DC, MD and VA) AND launched a brand new National Fellowship Program! Collectively, ELP has welcomed 71 new Fellows into our community this year and laying plans for an even bigger 2014!

Our 2013 Regional Networks are preparing for their 3rd retreats which will focus on several themes including: developing your personal brand, strength based leadership and a leader's role as a network weaver. The Eastern Region will have their 3rd retreat next week while the New England Region will have theirs in November followed by the Chesapeake Region in December. Upon completion of their 3rd retreats all Fellows will join our Senior Fellows Network which will continue to provide individuals with learning opportunities and opportunties for engagement.

As we begin turning our eyes to 2014, and the excitement of welcoming up to 100 new Fellows next year - I hope you join me today for our final GlobalGiving Matching Campaign. Your contribution on October 23rd will recieve a 30% match. Resources raised during this campaign will be used to support scholarships of our 2014 Fellows, ensuring that noone accepted into the program is denied the opportunity to participate due to financial constraints.

Thank you again for all of the tremendous support you have provided in the past, this year, and the years ahead!

Errol Mazursky


2013 New England Regional Network
2013 New England Regional Network

Seventeen emerging leaders arrived at the Friendly Crossways Retreat Center in Harvard, MA on May 16th as strangers - by the time they departed 4 days later they had become a tight knit community.

Engaged in a full day of community building prior to delving into two days of intense diversity work, the class quickly learned the ELP Program is a learning process that embraces the wisdom in the room.

"ELP offers a truly unique opportunity to not only grow as an individual and as part of a community, but to find hope and inspiration in the network or compassionate, intelligent and visionary Fellows who are at the core of the program" Hanna Lentz

We are very excited to track the progress of our 8th New England Class which will be working on their Personal Leadership Plans over the next 7 weeks. The class's next retreat will take place August 8 - 11th in conjunction with our 2013 Eastern Regional Network.

As our 2013 regional programs are now underway, ELP is actively recruiting for our new National Fellowship Program. Applications will be accepted through July 1st. More information can be found at http://www.elpnet.org/national-fellowship-program


The Environmental Leadership Program is excited to announce that it is recruiting applicants for 3 Regional Networks in 2013. That's right, in addition to our New England and Eastern Regions, ELP is pleased to be selecting leaders living and/or working in DC, MD and VA for its Chesapeake Region!

Given that ELP will add up to 60 new Regional Fellows to its community this year, we need your help. On March 13th ELP will be participating in a one day Global Giving Matching Campaign. All contributions made on March 13th will receive a 30% match from Global Giving. All gifts made during this Matching Day Campaign will be used for scholarships to support the participation of incredibly talented environmental and social change leaders.

Again mark your calendars for MARCH 13th ELP's ONE DAY SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE through GlobalGivings Matching Day!

Thank you for your continued support of ELP and what will be the single most productive year in our organizations history to date in regard to number of new Fellows and Senior Fellows Programming. There honestly has never been a more exciting time to support the Environmental Leadership Program!



The 16 members of the 2012 Eastern Regional Network Class graduated into our Senior Fellows community during their 3rd retreat which took place October 18 - 21. 

The curriculum for this year's third retreat was updated to include building collaborative networks, our first ever happiness training and a new strength based leadership component. 

"ELP has re-defined the meaning of collaborative learning for me and provided me with a true community of diversity that I can relate with, work with and learn from."       
                                     Robert Yang 
                                     2012 Eastern Regional Fellow

In addition to our training program, 3 Fellows used their expertise to teach the class about energy audits by conducting one on site and providing a list of recommendations to facility manager.

As ELP's Senior Fellowship Program continues to grow, Fellows are empowered to chart their own course for collaborative success. Our new strategic process for Senior Fellows allows each class to create their own visions for the program as well as develop projects that can be launched within the next 2 quarters. 

During this strategic process, the class was divided into 3 teams. In addition to traditional methods of flip charting ideas, each team had chose an electronic scribe to update a class shared Google Doc in real time. Within an 30 minutes, the Google Doc came alive with a flowing of ideas that translated into 50 new vision statements and 20 new projects!  
2012 Eastern Regional Class
2012 Eastern Regional Class

20 New ELP Fellows Create Learning Community

The 20 new Fellows in our New England Regional Network had their orientation retreats in May in Harvard, MA. This retreat focused on creating a community through a half day of community building exercises and discussions followed by two days of intensive diversity training. The retreat concluded with the formation of work groups to help guide the Fellows' development of their Personal Leadership Plans.

In August, the New England Fellows will attend their second ELP retreat and will be joined by 16 Fellows from our Eastern Regional Network. The focus of our second retreat will focus on learning organizations, systems thinking, and an introduction to personal mastery.

“Changing the current course of our interactions with nature begins with humility, but it does not end there – relationships, understanding and the evolution of our skills play a crucial role too. ELP supplies all of these.”

Justin Freiberg
2012 Fellow

Group Discussion
Group Discussion
NERN 2012 Class
NERN 2012 Class
Sharing Vision
Sharing Vision



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Environmental Leadership Program

Location: Greenbelt, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.elpnet.org
Project Leader:
Errol Mazursky
Executive Director
Greenbelt, MD United States

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