Environmental Leadership

2015-2016 Environmental Leadership Application
Application Deadline: September 14, 2015;
Early Applications Prioritized

Environmental Leadership 2015-2016 Program Theme:

Energy Policy & Iceland Field Lab


Program Objective

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,

Geothermal plant pumping heat from the Krafla volcano, Iceland
and participate in a field study of energy policy in Iceland - the world’s leading renewable energy innovator. Working in small research teams, students will propose an energy policy research project at the end of the fall semester and will conduct their original research projects over winter break. The program concludes with a student run research symposium following the Iceland research trip.

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, Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy

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.


Program Components

The program is divided into three complementary parts:

  1. Structured discussions that provide students with the conceptual grounding necessary to understand the annual theme
  2. A field lab that enables students to research the annual theme
  3. A student run symposium in which seminar participants present the key findings from their research


2015-2016 Program Schedule



157 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Tel 717.337.6685 Fax 717.337.8459

818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Tel 202.628.4444 Fax 202.628.4445