|Characklis receives leadership, communications fellowship for environmental scientists|
|Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
Greg Characklis, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a 2011 Leopold Leadership Fellow.
Based at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for Environment, the Leopold Leadership Program selects 20 mid-career academic environmental researchers as fellows each year. They receive intensive leadership and communications training to help them engage effectively with policymakers, journalists, business leaders and communities confronting complex decisions about sustainability and the environment.
Fellows are chosen for their outstanding qualifications as researchers, demonstrated leadership ability and strong interest in communicating beyond traditional academic audiences. Each fellow participates in two weeklong training sessions where fellows take part in mock media interviews and meet with policymakers in Washington, D.C.
Characklis joined UNC in 2001. His research focuses on the integrated planning of water supply and treatment strategies, taking into account both engineering and economics. He has worked with communities, including some in North Carolina, to examine how they can mitigate drought risk and its financial implications.
Characklis is currently on a Kenan leave at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, where he is working on projects related to improving water resource management through the integration of engineering and economics.
For details, see http://bit.ly/hwbTdw.
Fellowship website: http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu/