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.



    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.  

    Environmental Justice 101
    Saturday, June 26, 10:00am

    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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    Environmental Justice 101 will explore the history of the Environmental Justice movement, key events in the movement on a national and Kentucky level, and what living in an environmentally just world really means.

    Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
    Tom FitzGerald, Director of Kentucky Resources Council
    Q&A Panel
    Liz Mosler, Kentucky Resources Council
    Arnita Gadson, West Jefferson County Community Task Force, NAACP - KY Chapter



    Gathering Information on Environmental Concerns: Saturday, July 17
    Advocating for Environmental Change: Saturday, August 21


    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