The Salt Lake City Climate Leaders program engages municipal employees and develops their knowledge base and professional skills in order to create more effective climate change leaders.
The program engages employees who have expressed an interest in professional development and leadership skills related to sustainability. Participants attend interactive monthly meetings and build momentum for more effective and strategic action on climate change across all City departments.
The goals of Salt Lake Climate Leaders are to:
Develop Employees: Engage employees and enhance their technical and leadership skills
Build a Multi-Disciplinary Network: Connect employees to ideas, resources and peers
Respond to Climate Change: Increase the City’s capacity to address climate change
Methods and Curriculum
Thirty current and emerging leaders within the City were selected to participate in the program in its first year. Participants meet monthly to learn about climate issues and opportunities, grow their leadership skills and experiences, and build lasting relationships to influence positive change.
Each workshop is 90 minutes and builds upon content delivered from subject-matter experts. The workshops also include interactive activities that enhance skills and assist participants in formulating climate change solutions for their specific departments and divisions.
At a high level, the curriculum includes:
Understanding and Communicating Climate Change
Climate Change and Salt Lake City: Local Impacts and Opportunities
Understanding and Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
How Climate Change Relates to Your Department
Leadership Skills and Applying Lessons Learned
The goal of Climate Week is to heighten interest and awareness of climate change amongst all City departments and act as a catalyst for broader application of related best practices and solutions.
Contact & Program Replication
If you are interested in implementing the Climate Leaders program in your city or organization, please contact SLCgreen at firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete Program Replication Guide is also available here.