Kansas Environmental Leadership Program
Applied Leadership Project
Applied Leadership Project Background:
The KELP Applied Leadership Project is an activity in environmental leadership that synthesizes the educational materials of the environmental leadership class with actual application experience on an environmental issue.
The applied leadership project is designed to involve all of the KELP class participants in an environmental issue relating to water resources. The Applied leadership will provide insights into the issues, problems, and solutions necessary to initiate and sustain environmental change. In addition, participants will exit this class experience with a deeper, applied understanding of the issues and information important to someone that is committed to environmental improvement.
Participants will begin to develop ideas for their applied leadership activity after session one. Project groups will self-select by interest in presented issues. Applied leadership groups will work on their issue through the remainder of the KELP training sessions and will give a progress report to the class in Session 3 and will present to the group in session 5. The project does not need to end after the KELP class, however.
This applied leadership activity will provide an applied opportunity to experience environmental leadership. We anticipate many insights into the issues, problems, and solutions necessary to initiate and sustain environmental change. In addition, you will exit this class experience with a deeper, applied understanding of the issues and information important to you as someone that is committed to environmental improvement.
While this assignment may seem very ambiguous, it is really an assignment that best reflects environmental issues today. Rarely do we find environmental issues that come with directions or instructions on how to construct, interpret, or proceed to address them. This assignment does not come completely without help, however. As we progress through the sessions of KELP, we will be asking you to bring project issues that you have encountered to apply them to the class learning. Inversely, we will be covering many ideas and processes in class that will be applicable to the project.
In session five, each project group will be asked to report back to the class. The final report will essentially cover the three points:
1. What did the team learn through the process? (application of concepts and leadership)
2. What were the results of the team’s actions? (Were you effective in your efforts?)
3. What will happen to the project now? (Are there future plans, sustainability issues, or is the project completed?)
It is important to note that your project issue may not be resolved by session five. The intent of this applied leadership project is to provide an opportunity to experience environmental leadership.
Teams should check to see whether a similar project has been done that would effectively accomplish the intended purpose. If there's a great well plugging video available, then the project should go to hosting well plugging demonstrations, not creating a video.
Projects should focus on at least one of the following:
* Conserving and extending the life of the High Plains aquifer
* Watershed restoration and protection
* Public water supplies
Applied Leadership Projects by KELP Classes
“I quickly learned that KELP is far more than a provider of good information. It is an opportunity to consistently ‘think outside the box’, build relationships and ponder ways to achieve a future which we can only imagine.”
~ Bob McDaneld, Water Resource Planner, Kansas Water Office