This is your opportunity to help shape the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute. Inspired by the hundreds of law students and community leaders that KRC Director Tom FitzGerald has mentored over his career, KRC is making the training of community leaders and of legal professionals a program priority through the new institute.  

KELI is  a formal training program to ensure that the next generation of litigators, environmental professionals, and community leaders are equipped with the resources to handle the toughest of environmental cases. We are working hard to develop and design training that meets the unique needs for two audiences: legal professionals and community members.

KELI offers two types of workshops, one designed for legal professionals and another designed for community members.


    KRC is proud to present the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute (KELI) workshop for beginner environmental activists! This workshop is designed for those who are eager to learn more about how to advocate for the places they live and love.  

    Advocating for Environmental Change
    Saturday, August 21, 10:00am | Virtual

    The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) presents the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute (KELI). Broaden your understanding of environmental justice and learn how to better advocate for the places you live and love.
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    Our third session of the year, Advocating For Environmental Change, will introduce you to Kentuckians who have been at the forefront of fighting for environmental justice.

    Hear their real-life experiences of the lows and highs of environmental advocacy in action and learn from their stories how you can kick off your own environmental protection work!


    Mark Morgan, attorney 
    Mark has been involved in numerous environmental cases at both a Kentucky and a national level. In this session, Mark will discuss  recent, successful efforts to prevent placement of a large (five-billion-dollar investment) hazardous liquids pipeline through Kentucky. In a confrontation between the largest pipeline company in the nation versus small Kentucky towns; local citizens and the environment won.

    Cassia Herron, abolitionist/community organizer/urban planner/writer.
    A proud Kentuckian, Cassia has spent the past two decades working to transition the state's agricultural and energy economies from extractive industries to local and community-owned, cooperative economies that advance equity and justice. As co-founder and president of the Louisville Association for Community Economics, Cassia is leading efforts to open the Louisville Community Grocery and support the start of other cooperatively owned businesses. Cassia is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and is working on her first book project.

    Chris Schimmoeller, Environmental Activist in Kentucky
    Activist Chris Schimmoeller grew up poor and lives in an off-the-grid house in the woods. She has been involved in numerous campaigns, including fights to stop hydroelectric dams in India, commercial logging on the Daniel Boone National Forest, hazardous liquids pipelines across the Kentucky, and industrial development in Frankfort, Kentucky. She helped found three organizations that work to protect the integrity and beauty of the natural world: Kentucky Heartwood, Woods & Waters Land Trust, Envision Franklin County.




    We've been working hard on KELI in order to bring in-person training to legal professionals and community members so they can better advocate for the places they live and love. While our in-person trainings are postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are moving forward!

    In this first season, we are sitting down (virtually) with legal professionals who share their experiences with environmental law and what professional opportunities there are for those who want to practice it.

    Season 1, Episode 3 with Ben Carter, Senior Litigation & Advocacy Counsel at the Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) is now available.


    The KELI Podcast is available at:

    • Anchor
    • Apple
    • Spotify