The program aims to provide a limited number of Gettysburg students (limited to 10) with a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of energy policy issues and to develop their leadership skills. Participants will engage in an intensive program that explores the central concepts of energy policy, interact with leaders in the energy field,
The Environmental Leadership program is open to all students who have not completed the program in the past and who have an interest in environmental leadership issues, regardless of their major or previous coursework. Students should only apply to the program if they will be able to attend all components of the program (see program schedule). Please note that Professor Ernst will teach the Public Policy Senior Capstone at Gettysburg College in the spring of 2016. Students with an interest in energy policy and who are planning to take the Public Policy Capstone in the spring are particularly encouraged to apply to this year’s Environmental Leadership program, as it will provide unique research opportunities for capstone projects.
Howard Ernst is Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, Senior Scholar at University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy at Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute. Dr. Ernst recently returned from a sabbatical with University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program where he circumnavigated the globe studying energy and environmental issues. He is a co-founder of the Energy Analysis, Policy, and Security Program at the United States Naval Academy. His publications have been adopted by environmental studies programs throughout the country and highlighted by numerous media outlets: including the Washington Post, National Public Radio and PBS Frontline. Dr. Ernst will lead the program by delivering relevant lectures, guiding student discussions, organizing field experiences, and facilitating student research.
The program is divided into three complementary parts: