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A network of diverse statewide leaders consistently collaborating to solve Georgia’s environmental challenges.


IGEL facilitates leadership in collaborative problem-solving to preserve and enhance the environment in the state of Georgia. Download our brochure


The IGEL program provides leadership and personal development with the goals of:

  • Fostering a deeper understanding of Georgia's environmental issues;
  • Providing a safe forum for participants to explore each other's views and motivations; and
  • Engaging participants in key aspects of leadership, such as creative problem solving; and conflict resolution, building trust and enhancing communication skills.

These goals are achieved through a multi-session program in various locations around the state, actively exposing approximately 30 participants to the vast potential and pressing environmental concerns in all regions of Georgia.


The IGEL experience creates a safe and informative forum for individuals to learn leadership skills, conflict resolution and find common ground. It brings together a diverse group of leaders from a multitude of backgrounds.

These leaders are important stakeholders in sustaining and improving the health of Georgia’s environmental resources. The Program is designed for individuals who have a proven commitment to confronting environmental issues in our state and who are positioned to make a meaningful contribution to our state’s environment.

2013 Session Photos

2013 Session 1 -- Atlanta Session 1
2013 Session 3 Albany Session 2
2013 Session 3 - Sapelo Island Session 3
Sapelo Island
2013 Session 4 - Dawsonville Session 4
2013 Session 5 - Serenbe Session 5

2014 Session Info

Welcome Class of 2014
Let the Learning Begin!

Session Dates

  • May 14-16, 2014
  • July 16-18, 2014
  • September 17-19, 2014
  • November 12-14, 2014
  • January 13-15, 2015

2015 Session Info

The Class of 2015 application period is from early September through mid-October.

2015 Session Dates

News Spotlight

Ben Young (Class of 2011) says IGEL is "a forum in which all of those with a stake in our natural resources – whether they consider themselves environmentalists or not – were given a voice." read more...

Georgia Trend Coverage of the 2014 Summit

2014 Summit Photos

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