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What is IGEL?

Founded in 2001, IGEL is the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. It’s an educational program designed to build and sustain a diverse network of statewide environmental leaders who can help resolve Georgia’s environmental challenges. Learn more about IGEL’s history and structure.

What is the IGEL program?

Each spring, 30-35 Georgians with established environmental leadership experience form an annual IGEL class. They attend five, multi-day programs over a nine-month period around the state, engaging in hands-on learning in the field and classroom-style discussions. Learn more

Who participates in IGEL?

IGEL participants come from diverse geographic areas and regions in Georgia. They represent a broad array of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, professions and opinions. Learn more

Who should apply?

IGEL encourages applications from individuals with a proven leadership track record in the following sectors: agriculture, business, civic groups, conservation groups, elected office, government, forestry, industry, non-profit organizations, state and regional agencies, universities and other educational institutions. Apply now

How are participants selected?

Participants must complete and submit an application to be a part of the next year’s class. A selection committee comprised of IGEL leaders, who are all program alumni, carefully review the applications to select 30-35 participants who have proven leadership records, and represent Georgia’s economic, ethnic, geographic and institutional diversity. Learn more

What can participants expect?

Full attendance in all annual IGEL classes is required for all participants. Classes take place in locations around the state. Rather than a “sit-down-and-listen” program, IGEL is a “stand-up-and-get-involved” experience. Learn more

Who are the IGEL facilitators?

Our course facilitators are highly knowledgeable, experienced leaders in their fields, providing the latest, most comprehensive information and perspectives on important sustainability issues. Learn more

How much is IGEL tuition?

Tuition is $4,800 for private sector applicants and $3,600 for all others. Tuition covers instruction, materials, lodging and meals. Limited need-based, partial scholarships are available. Learn more

Are scholarships available?

Scholarship assistance is available on a need basis and awarded after applicants are selected for an IGEL class.

The Cox Conserves Community Environmental Leader Scholarship provides full tuition for one “community partner,” defined as an employee or member of nonprofit organization, public agency, government office, or school where integral services are provided to meet a real community need. All requests for assistance are kept confidential but the recipient of the Cox Conserves Community Environmental Leader Scholarship will be publicized and will be expected to provide a testimonial regarding the benefits of the program and also to identify at least one candidate for the following year’s IGEL class.

Additional partial scholarships are also available, usually for up to 50% of the tuition amount. Awards are based upon need taking into account both the resources of the selected applicant and their organization. Anyone indicating an interest in the Cox Conserves Community Environmental Leader Scholarship but, not selected for that award will automatically be considered for partial financial assistance from other IGEL resources.

How can I support IGEL?

Financial support from alumni, individuals, foundations and corporations helps IGEL to bridge the gap between tuition and the full cost of our classes. Support opportunities include our Barbara Gallo Memorial Scholarship Fund, Foundation Partnerships and Corporate Partnerships. IGEL is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Learn more

Who makes up the IGEL Board of Directors?

IGEL alumni volunteer their time to serve as members of the Board of Directors. This governing body consists of no fewer than nine and no more than 25 members, and must always include a Board Chair and recent IGEL program graduates. Learn more

Can I get any course credits from completing IGEL?

IGEL qualifies as an elective program for the Certified Commissioner Advanced Training Program for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.