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Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute

Legacy Lead­er­ship Envi­ron­men­tal Insti­tute (LLEI) is an intense envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion pro­gram for adult vol­un­teers. L­LEI offers a com­bi­na­tion of class­room and field trip expe­ri­ences to pre­pare vol­un­teer lead­ers to work in an impor­tant, local, non-profit envi­ron­men­tal organization.

In the class­room phase, earth sys­tem sci­en­tists will describe satel­lite data and explain the impli­ca­tions for a chang­ing cli­mate from a global per­spec­tive. Pol­icy mak­ers and lead­ers of envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions explore regional his­tory, geog­ra­phy, and eco­log­i­cal sys­tems. Regional and local experts exam­ine envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions in the Chesa­peake Bay water­shed and Howard County. Lead­er­ship train­ing is woven into the curriculum.

Small classes, lim­ited to 15 peo­ple, are held dur­ing the day, twice per week from Feb­ru­ary to March. Paric­i­pants reg­is­ter through a non-credit course at Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The LLEI classes are held pri­mar­ily at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Exten­sion office in Elli­cott City with some field trips to places such as the God­dard Space Flight Cen­ter in Greenbelt.

L­LEI stu­dents can then do an optional men­tored field place­ment with one of the part­ner orga­ni­za­tions. Dur­ing 150 hours of intern­ship, L­LEI par­tic­i­pants have the oppor­tu­nity to futher the goals of a non-profit part­ner orga­ni­za­tions by cre­at­ing new pro­grams, research­ing best prac­tices, estab­lish­ing a work­ing team or teach­ing about nature.


Dr. Bar­bara Schmeckpeper



or Cathy Hudson





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