The Environmental Leadership Incubator (ELI) is primarily funded through gifts from generous donors.  Gifts to ELI support a 9-month leadership experience for undergraduate students. While leadership programs abound at the Masters and Ph.D. levels, opportunities for training and self-directed leadership experiences at the undergraduate level are rare. ELI fills this gap and provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at UCSB to gain essential leadership skills while engaging in projects that further environmental causes.

The ELI students take coursework and engage in student-driven environmental projects across disciplines of social activism, cultural change, technological development, and policy engagement. ELI incubates both students and their environmental projects, transforming students into environmental champions both at UCSB and in their post-graduate careers.