Program Objective The program aims to provide a limited number of Gettysburg students with an intensive opportunity to explore and discuss the central concepts of environmental sustainability, to interact with environmental sustainability leaders, and to participate in an original research project. The program concludes with student presentations during the spring research symposium. Environmental Leadership is open to all students who have an interest in environmental issues, regardless of their major or previous course work. Public policy majors who are interested in taking the seminar in fulfillment of their capstone requirement and other students who are interested in earning credit for the seminar as an independent study should contact EI Non-Resident Fellow, Howard Ernst, for more details.
Eisenhower Institute Fellow, Howard Ernst, Ph.D. Howard Ernst is Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy and Senior Scholar at University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. He has published widely in the area of environmental politics and is considered a leading authority on the Chesapeake Bay restoration. 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 the spring break program, and facilitating student research.
Program Components The program is divided into three complementary parts: A) structured discussions that provide students with the conceptual grounding necessary to understand the annual theme; B) field experiences that enable students to research the annual theme; and C) a student run symposium in which seminar participants present the key lessons from their research.
Lectures, Discussions, and Research Prospectus: Each of the four sessions begin with a lecture that introduces students to key concepts, followed by a directed discussion of the concepts. During the fourth session, student research teams (three students per team) will present and defend their research prospectus for the spring semester. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a SCUBA certification program during the fall semester. Students who choose this option will complete the open water dive component of the certification during the spring break trip.
Experiential Learning: This aspect of the program provides seminar participants with direct exposure to environmental problems and meaningful access to policy makers. These experiences enable students to apply what they learned in the fall and an opportunity to conduct environmental policy research. Only students who participate in the seminar’s lectures and discussions may attend the field experiences. *Depending on location of spring break trip, scuba certification may be added to the schedule and description