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.

This Institute offers two tracks.

  1. Legal Professional Track
  2. Community Activist Track


    The Legal Professional Track will provide educational and training opportunities for legal professionals to ensure the next generation of litigators are equipped with the resources to handle the toughest of environmental cases, and to broaden the base of current practitioners who are willing and equipped to take on environmental cases in the public interest. Sessions are designed to provide more information on resources for legal professionals, how to pursue a career in environmental law and energy law, and how to incorporate environmental and energy law in your legal research and practice.


    The Community Activist Track will provide educational and training opportunities to empower citizens to become better advocate for the health and vitality of their communities. Sessions are designed for those who are interested in beginning their journey in learning more about community activism, the beginnings of environmental justice, and what to do when environmental abuses happen in your neighborhood.



    Jefferson County
    A 3-Part Virtual Learning Workshop for the Beginner Environmental Activist
    December 10 and 17 at 5:30pm | December 19 at 10:00am

    KRC is proud to present the first 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.  

    Topics Include:

    • A Brief History of Environmental Justice
    • How to Monitor Threats to Community Health, Environment, and Safety
    • How to Gather Information about Proposed/In-progress Projects
    • How to Get Involved in the Decision-Making Process

    Facilitators Include:

    • Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council
    • Liz Edmondson, Kentucky Resources Council
    • Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network
    • Adam Johnson, Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC

    This session will include tailored information about how to get involved at the local level. The ideal student for this specific session would be a Jefferson County resident.

    Future sessions with tailored information about additional Kentucky localities will be held at later time.

    Registration is now closed for this session! Check back for future announcements about 2021 sessions.


    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