When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.

— bell hooks

Change starts at the individual level. If we seek effective and lasting change within our organizations, our communities, and across the environmental movement, each of us must be willing to begin with the most important and potentially challenging work: ourselves. CDE’s transformational leadership programs are foundational for those who are dedicated to catalyzing change within their sphere of influence. This work supports learning to effectively advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. CDE’s leadership development programs foster deep learning, strong relationship building, and inspiration for action. We offer two accessible ways to approach this work—the Environment 2042 Retreat Leadership Program and an Exploring Power, Privilege, and Tools for Change Retreat—as well as customized coaching and consulting services to support ongoing change work.

Are you ready to become a change agent?

CDE’s leadership development program participating institutions include:

Overbrook Foundation Mott Foundation
Quixote Foundation Bullitt Foundation
The Russell Family Foundation Northwest Health Foundation
Spirit Mountain Community Fund National Audubon Society
Environmental Defense Fund National Parks & Conservation Association
Union of Concerned Scientists North American Association for Environmental Education
Sierra Club Student Conservation Association
The Nature Conservancy Conservation Law Foundation
Land Trust Alliance Trust for Public Land
Greenpeace Earthjustice
Yale Sustainable Food Project
New York City Audubon National Park Service
U.S. Department of Interior Green City Force
African American Outdoor Association Environmental Learning for Kids
OPAL Environmental Justice Common Market
Radio Bilingue Southwest Organizing Project
Project Survival Media Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
Kua’aina Ulu ‘Auamo