This program provides a small group of Gettysburg students (limited to 10-12 students) with a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of environmental policy and sustainability issues and to develop their leadership skills. These objectives are achieved through guided discussion sessions and readings, as well as real world experiences that are designed to expose students to environmental problems and solutions. Students are provided meaningful opportunities to interact with environmental policy leaders and to learn from leading scholars in the field. The program is open to all students who have an interest in environmental issues, regardless of their major or previous course work.
The substantive theme for the 2014-2015 program is "Environmental Sustainability at the Community Level." Students will explore and discuss the central concepts of environmental sustainability, interact with environmental sustainability leaders, participate in an authentic study of sustainability, and experience sustainable living. During the fall reading period (October 11-14), students will travel to the area around Charlottesville, Virginia to engage in an intensive sustainable living experience. Through firsthand experiences, students will explore how residents of three different intentional communities incorporate themes of sustainability into their daily lives.
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2012-2013 Environmental Leadership participants visit the Anacostia Watershed during the 2013 Washington, D.C. Conference.