IGEL’s program is a hands-on experience that spans nine months and will take you to five different locales around Georgia. The program focuses on providing leaders with the deep knowledge, advanced skills, and expansive network needed to address Georgia’s environmental challenges now and in the future.
Participants are proven leaders who represent Georgia’s economic, ethnic, geographic, and institutional diversity. It’s essential to represent a wide range of professions, interests, political perspectives, and experiences.
Go beyond the conference room
IGEL takes you beyond the conference room to experience how environmental policies and decisions make a demonstrable impact on our natural resources, our communities, our organizations, and our people in every part of Georgia. As you ride with a farmer through fertile fields, sail through coastal waters, or tour expanding road networks, you’ll gain new understanding of crucial issues and talk with fellow stakeholders about how they’ve handled environmental challenges.
Five Multi-Day Sessions Over Nine Months
IGEL’s core program includes five multi-day sessions that take place in different parts of the state. Each session is designed to educate participants on different environmental challenges and opportunities, with a combination of classroom discussion and hands-on, experiential learning.
May 9-12, 2023
July 11-14, 2023
Sept 19-22, 2023
Nov 7-10, 2023
Jan 22-25, 2024
Tuition for private sector applicants:
- S Corporations
- C Corporations
- Other Corporations
- Federal Government
- State Government
- Other States
Tuition for applicants from these sectors:
- 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)
- Local Governments
Tuition fee covers instruction, course materials, lodging, and meals.
IGEL recognizes that many strong candidates—particularly civic and community leaders—are unable to secure the full amount of tuition…
The Selections committee is delighted to offer a limited number of needs-based partial and full scholarship opportunities to accepted applicants. These scholarships, made possible through generous corporate, foundation and individual gifts, help enhance the diversity of participants in our program. In the past, we have awarded scholarships for specific designations, including
- A selected candidate involved in the forestry industry.
- A selected diverse candidate working in the built environment space
- Selected candidates from Southwest Georgia
- Additionally, the Cox Conserves Community Environmental Leader Scholarship provides full tuition for an employee or member of a nonprofit organization, public agency, government office, or school that is helping to meet a real community need.
Additional partial scholarships are also available, usually for up to 50% of the tuition amount. Awards are based upon need and take into account both the resources of the selected applicant and their organization.
Selecting the Ideal Class
Each IGEL class consists of 30-35 participants from a wide range of professions, interests, political viewpoints, and experiences. All participants are evaluated and selected through a rigorous application process, with many applicants having to apply multiple times before being admitted.
By applying, you are agreeing that you understand the goals of IGEL and that you are required to attend all five sessions of the IGEL program.
IGEL’s goals are:
- Fostering a deeper understanding of Georgia’s environmental issues
- Providing a candid, empathetic forum for participants to explore multiple viewpoints and motivations
- Engaging participants in key aspects of leadership development including creative problem solving and conflict resolution, building trust, and enhancing communication skills.
Interested in joining the next class?
Some key milestones to keep in mind:
- Mid-August: IGEL application process opens
- Mid-October: Application period ends
- Mid-November: Members of the next IGEL class notified by email and written letter (Read the cancellation policy)
- Mid-May: Classes begin