CORE REQUIREMENTSYou need a total of 30 points, 5 core requirements and 25 electives (1 point for each action checked). We recognize that this list might be overwhelming, but once you start reading through, we are sure you will see that you have already been doing a lot of this work!
EcoLeader Project URL (project must be hosted in NWF EcoLeader community to be eligible for certification)
1. Developed an EcoLeader profile, including my personal EcoMission., 2. Contributed to a project in one or more of the following ways: created or added to the EcoLeader project profile, project updates pages, and/or the application for certified project status. Project name and URL are listed below. (All projects must be hosted on EcoLeaders site to be eligible for certification), 3. Informed myself of leadership models and principals in one or more of the following ways: Read articles on leadership, participated in an NWF EcoLeaders webinar series, and/or participated in equivalent program offered by other organizations., 4. Encouraged the wider EcoLeaders community by contributing an idea, question, comment, article, video or photo in the community related to my or others’ projects, or to relevant leadership topics., 5. Sought a basic understanding of sustainability and biodiversity by reading one of the following resources (listed below and linked in the resource box on the right) and providing your top three reflections in the box below.
Reflections on sustainability and biodiversity readings
The bad news are that we are at the tipping point where every type of help is needed. The good news are that people are starting to be more active, changing their behavior ..
VISIONING, PLANNING OR RESEARCH
Identified a need and invented a project to address it., Clarified project outcomes and measures of success., Identified potential risks and strategies to address them., Designed or tested strategies and tactics., Developed short and long-term goals and specific activities to achieve them., Researched or tested options (including various technologies, vendors or costs)., Investigated similar projects
Recruited one or more other individuals for the core project team., Recruited volunteers to help with the project (beyond the core project team)., Recruited representatives from one or more departments or organizations as advisors, board members, or in other leadership capacities.
BUDGETING AND FUNDRAISING
Developed a budget for the project (expenses regarding materials, promotions, etc.), Initiated or secured funding through a campus or community revolving loan fund., Applied for a grant for the project., Secured in-kind or monetary donations from businesses.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LOGISTICS
Secured use of building space, land, goods or services., Organized materials, goods or services needed for volunteer service. , Worked with the team to prioritize ideas for the project., Lead effective meetings with a pre-stated agenda and notes after.
EDUCATION, TRAINING OR OTHER SUPPORT
Educated myself through reading, participating in a leadership or skills training and/or earning a related credential., Integrated questions about participation and support of the project in relevant performance review questionnaires.
Facilitated a situation that required conflict management skills.
PROJECT ADVOCACY AND NETWORKING
Helped organize or set up a networking event., Hosted in-person gatherings in support of the project to foster relationships among project participants and other interested individuals., Attended events to meet new people who could help with the project or to build reciprocal support around similar aims or research events for our team to attend to advance the project.
Hosted in-person gatherings in support of the project to foster relationships among project participants and other interested individuals., Prepared promotional print or web materials.
TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE
Learned a new technology to help with the project.
MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS, AND TELLING THE STORY
Hosted an in-person gathering to share the project with others., Started and maintained a social media account for the project., Started and maintained a website for the project.
CELEBRATING AND RECOGNIZING
Hosted a party with the leaders involved to acknowledge and appreciate effort, success and/or lessons learned., Arranged for incentives such as scholarships, monetary prizes, promotions, or other.
FOSTERING REFLECTION AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Facilitated reflection on lessons learned with one or more teams., Helped develop a plan to broaden and sustain engagement.
CULTIVATING ENERGY AND RENEWAL
Cultivated a mentor or sought advice from others to help manage my personal and professional growth., Participated in a professional association or other support group of individuals who have similar goals, opportunities and challenges.