News and Research Stories

January 12, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows

Congratulations to the 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows! Twenty outstanding researchers have been selected from 16 institutions in Canada and the United States for this year's fellowships. They come from diverse professional backgrounds and a range of disciplines that includes ecology, marine science, behavioral science, economics, entomology, engineering, and planning. In the coming year, the fellows will receive intensive leadership training to help them engage effectively with leaders in the public and private sectors who face complex decisions about sustainability and the environment. Read more about the fellows and their interests here.

April 29, 2013

Connecting with the Leopold Leadership Network

The Leopold Leadership Fellows are an influential network of transformational leaders who are recognized as powerful forces of change.  We invite you to connect with them through the:

  • directory, where you will find out about their initiatives and interests or through the tag cloud on the front page. 
  • Leopold Leadership 3.0 blog about the future of leadership training for global sustainability
  • resources section with tips for teaching and facilitation
  • Channel Leopold: Videos that fellows have made for various audiences


January 15, 2013

New Panama Canal: Hope for the Gulf Coast

Denise Reed

In discussions about saving the Louisiana coast from sinking into the rising Gulf, Denise Reed (2006) highlighted an eye-opening idea -- the positive role that planned upgrades to the Panama Canal could play. As part of a plan to support the larger ships that will traverse the canal, realigning the Mississippi River shipping canal for the Port of South Louisiana could rebuild the coast in both physical and economic perspectives. "We have to look for ways to make the river work for us in the world we live in today and going forward," Reed says.

December 21, 2012

A path to coexistence with lions

Stuart Pimm

photo: Siemdepiem

Stuart Pimm (1999) and his colleagues estimate that lion populations on Africa's savannahs have decreased by almost two-thirds over the last 50 years due to habitat loss as human population has grown. Pimm stresses that there is still time to prevent them from decreasing to critical levels. “We’re using this information to very actively look at strategies for how we can protect lions and help people get a benefit from having wildlife live near them,” he says. He notes that lions and other wildlife are a valuable resource and can drive tourism and other economic activity in countries where they are protected.

December 6, 2012

Fossil fuels: reduce, reduce, reduce

Robert Howarth

photo: Leaflet

For the first two decades after it is released into the atmosphere, methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. In assessing impacts of hydraulic fracturing, Bob Howarth (2000) says attention should be paid to the methane released when this drilling method is used to extract natural gas. In pursuing future energy sources, he stresses the need to move away from fossil fuels, including natural gas, and toward renewable fuels such as solar and wind power. "We should focus on reducing the use of fossil fuels, not finding more of them," he says.