The recognition of student and young professional sustainability and environmental efforts is at the heart of the NWF EcoLeaders Online Community. Students and Young Professionals have long been the catalysts for change on their campuses and in their communities and the NWF EcoLeaders Program seeks to bring national attention to and honor the important work emerging leaders are doing.
For college and university students advancing sustainability on campus or in the community
Become a Campus EcoLeader
For pre or post-graduate young leaders advancing sustainability in the community
Become a Community EcoLeader
Demonstrate to others (think prospective employers) your leadership and project management skills and abilities.
Benefits from NWF & Partners
Preferential consideration for Fellowships and other benefits offered by NWF and our partners.
Receive exclusive opportunities
How it Works
Why NWF EcoLeader Certification?
Certification focuses on the applicant’s awareness and achievement of project-based leadership skills.
These are the competencies identified as critical indicators of success on all levels by the NWF Campus Ecology staff and volunteer leaders over more than 25 years.
Dozens of important programs and associations all across the US and beyond certify for technical knowledge, the EcoLeader Certification is unique in focusing on the leadership competencies that underlie effective application of more technical knowledge, including planning, team-building, assessing progress, and sharing lessons learned.
The EcoLeader Certification recognizes not just the theoretical understanding of these leadership competencies, but also encourages the deeper grounding gained through hands-on, experiential learning.
Employers across all industries indicate these project-based leadership skills are as important, and often even more important, than technical competencies in specific disciplines. NWF gives preferential review to job applicants who have earned the EcoLeader credential and it is gaining esteem among employers in green industries across all sectors.
Director of Sustainability at General Motors
Sustainability Manager, American University