Leaders in Sustainability

The Leaders in Sustainability program aims to provide a mechanism for graduate students at UCLA to pursue their interests in sustainability and collaborate with students from different fields.

Photo of 2014 LiS Certificate Program Graduates.

Preparing students to be leaders in their professional fields

Sustainability, defined as the simultaneous consideration of economic, environmental and social factors, has become a key element in decision making in many areas of business and public policy. By definition, sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Leaders in Sustainability allows students to create a program tailored to their needs and background, by choosing among the sustainability related opportunities at UCLA. Students take a core course in sustainability and relevant electives and participate in leadership training.

Additionally, students have a positive impact on the community as they learn experientially by collaborating on client projects for local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. Leaders in Sustainability students also give themselves a career edge by developing a broad knowledge of topics that are increasingly relevant to employers.

Who is eligible to participate?

The certificate program is open to all graduate students at UCLA. The Leaders in sustainability certificate program is aimed at UCLA graduate students (masters and doctoral) who will become decision-makers in various types of organizations (businesses, non-profits, governmental, etc) and who will have to address the three dimensions of sustainability.

Currently there are over 100 students participating in the program from departments as diverse as the Anderson School of Management, the School of Law, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts & Architecture, Geography, Economics, and others.

Program Overview

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Alumni Profiles


Colleen Callahan

Please join us in welcoming Colleen Callahan, Deputy Director, Luskin Center for Innovation, who was appointed Director of The Leaders in Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program effective Winter Quarter 2015.

Student Coordinators

Elizabeth McElroy
Elizabeth McElroy

Student Coordinator, LiS Program

Ariana Vito
Ariana Vito

Student Coordinator, LiS Program

To contact us please send email to: UCLALeadersInSustainability@gmail.com

For more information please contact

Myrna Gordon
ESE/LiS Program Administrator