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Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute workshop attendees participate in a collaboration skill building exercise on Dec. 9, 2011

The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute is a proposed as forum for learning for environmental professionals and policy makers to better address complex environmental issues. The Institute will engage representatives from public, private and not-for-profit sector organizations in applied and experiential learning settings. The curriculum will be focused on environmental sustainability, collaborative process skills, and organizational leadership development.


Learn, lead, partner for a sustainable Ohio

What is OELI?

OELI - Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute was first developed in 2011 to give Ohio environmental and natural resource professionals the skills they need to deal with complex and often controversial environmental and natural resource issues through collaborative, integrative, and inclusive planning and decision-making processes.

Based on the latest research in the fields of collaborative resource management, communication, decision science, and negotiation, we’ve identified the critical skills today’s environmental leaders need to work with diverse stakeholder groups, communicate complex ideas, resolve disputes, and integrate scientific information with stakeholder values and concerns.

Each session includes instruction from state and national experts, hands-on application exercises, introduction to practical skills and tools, and open dialogue with environmental professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Design and lead collaborative processes that integrate science and public values;
  • Facilitate constructive, respectful dialogue and decision-making on controversial environmental issues;
  • Communicate effectively on complex and controversial issues;
  • Partner with colleagues and peers across disciplines and sectors to align visions and goals;
  • Build and participate in networks focused on effective environmental leadership in Ohio.

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Registration for the 2014 OELI will open in July.

Program Directors

Anne Baird is a Program Director in the School of Environmental and Natural Resources.  She conducts research and educational programs focusing on decision making and environmental management.  Anne offers distance education on climate change, coordinates the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program and Co-directs the Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute.  Most recently Anne has worked on the Know Your Well Water program in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health.

Joe Bonnell is Program Director for Watershed Management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.  Joe conducts educational programs and research focusing on collaborative approaches to natural resource management. His programs include the Ohio Watershed Network, Ohio Watershed Academy, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. He also teaches environmental and natural resource management and conducts research on behavior change and leadership.


2013 Speaker Bios.......