The Next Up Climate Leadership Program is a new pilot program that began in March of 2016. We offered this 5-weekend, intensive workshop to Alberta residents who are committed to bringing climate action to their workplaces and organizations. The workshop part of the program wound up in June 2016. Participants then spent time working on the action projects they developed over the course of the intensive and came together again in the fall of 2016 to review and collaborate on strengthening their projects.
The 2016 CLP had 27 participants from across the province, representing people working in the public service, municipalities, First Nations, education, healthcare, energy and power industries, faith groups and labour. We held workshops in Edmonton, Calgary, Kananaskis Country, and Red Deer. Participants met policy makers, leaders from their sectors of work, and expert facilitators to learn climate policy, social leadership, and a range of practical skills needed to inspire and support climate action within their workplaces and organizations. A principal part of the CLP is the development of a climate action plan specific to each participant by using a peer support model and ongoing resources provided by the CLP. In the September of 2016 CLP participants met in Calgary to report back on the progress of their action plans and to make plans for further CLP check-ins and CLP network activities. CLP grads are part of the national Next Up network of progressive leaders in social and environmental justice that will continue to support their capacity through opportunities with Next Up's Edmonton and Calgary programs. We plan to offer the CLP again in 2017-18 in Alberta.
To meet the CLP grads, please visit nextup.ca/meet_our_network and select the Climate Leadership Program.
Media and community inquires may contact the CLP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Core funding to the CLP was provided by the Alberta EcoTrust Foundation.