Stanford University’s Woods Institute for Environment has named Greg Characklis, an associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC, a 2011 Leopold Leadership Fellow.
Characklis came to UNC in 2001, and his research focuses on planning water supply and treatment strategies. He works with communities in North Carolina and elsewhere to examine how they can mitigate drought risk. He is in Switzerland working on projects related to improving water resource management in Switzerland.
The Leopold proogram selects 20 academic environmental researchers as fellows annually and provides them with leadership and communications training. The aim is to train researchers to engage with policy makers, journalists, business leaders and communities facing sustainability and environmental decisions.
Fellows are chosen based on their qualifications as researchers, leadership ability and interest in communicating with audiences outside of an academic setting. Each fellow participates in two weeklong training sessions.
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