Brandi Nelson is looking for a few good people – especially those interested in learning more about their environment through a better understanding of water issues and developing leadership skills.
Nelson, coordinator of the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP) based at Kansas State University, is recruiting members for the next KELP class, which will begin in February 2013. Since 1999, more than 240 local leaders throughout the state have participated in the program. Sixteen are involved in the current class.
KELP focuses on training class members in leadership skills and water-related issues, Nelson said. Five three-day sessions are held in different parts of the state, with the first in February and the last in October. The program strives to include representatives from all facets of Kansas, including industry, government, agriculture, and both urban and rural communities. Participants can receive college and continuing education credits.
In addition to the five educational sessions around the state, class members choose a project that they implement during the class. As they work on the project, class members glean insights into issues, problems and solutions necessary to initiate and sustain environmental change for the better, she said.
Projects typically focus on conserving and extending the life of the High Plains aquifer, watershed restoration and protection, or education about public water supplies.