University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Sustainability Education

The Leaders Program is a leadership accelerator within the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. The Leaders Program develops demonstrated undergraduate leaders into real world change makers committed to solutions focused leadership.

The ideal IonE Leader candidate has impactful environmental leadership experience, shows a passion for environmental change, and has a strong academic track record. Participants can expect an open and accepting cohort experience to reflect on, practice and improve their leadership. Through workshops, cohort meetings, and mentorship participants will gain valuable hard skills, cultivate solutions-oriented soft skills, and grow a professional network.

Interested? Apply here. Applications are due September 23rd.

The IonE Leaders Program contextualized my leadership, I understand the necessary complexity of environmental change

Cohort Learning

Leadership inventories, systems thinking exercises, and integrative leadership practices form the backbone for these personal development meetings. Participants will develop and present a personal leadership plan. Cohort meeting curriculum is provided with support from the Humphrey School’s Center for Integrated Leadership.

Skills Workshops

Presentations, social media, fundraising, networking… The list of critical skills not covered in every-day coursework goes on and on. Workshops will be led by topic experts and focus on immediate practical application of the skill.


Connect with an environmental professional, learn from his or her experience, benefit from his or her advice, and develop a professional network. Leaders Program staff will match participants to outstanding environmental professionals. Participants manage the relationship with support from Leaders Program staff.

For more information about mentorship and to sign up to be a mentor visit our Mentor Information Page

The Institute on the Environment investing in my leadership made me more confident of my leadership

Application Deadlines

Applications for the 2013-2014 class of IonE Leaders are open now, Apply here.

Applications are due by September 23rd. Interview invites will be sent out by September 27th. Interviews will occur on October 3rd and 4th.

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The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.