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Catalyst Leadership Circle and Fellowship

Catalyst leadership circle members
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Catalyst Leadership Circle and Fellowship

The Catalyst Leadership Circle (CLC) and Fellowship is a cohort of communities that leverage peer networking and capacity building opportunities to reach their climate and energy goals. This program is lead by the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute in collaboration with Michigan Green Communities and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).


Sarah Lee, University of Michigan

Julie Staveland, EGLE 

Catalyst Leadership Circle

The CLC is a group of local governments that are paving the path toward increased sustainability across the state. Communities that receive a silver or gold designation in the Michigan Green Communities Challenge can participate in the CLC. Perks of participation include access to bi-monthly peer-sharing convenings with other local leaders, regular email updates on relevant resources and opportunities, and eligibility to host a CLC Fellow that can assist with decarbonization projects.

Catalyst Leadership Circle Fellowship

Selected through a competitive application process, graduate-level CLC Fellows assist host communities on advanced sustainability and clean energy projects. These students, who come from academic programs across the state, help communities take tangible steps toward their sustainability goals while creating shareable deliverables that can be utilized by other jurisdictions statewide. Learn more by visiting the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute CLC Fellowship Webpage.

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