Riordan Family Leadership in Environmental and Natural Resources Program

The Riordan Family Leadership in Environmental and Natural Resources Program is dedicated to fostering greater environmental leadership at Colorado State University, Fort Collins and around the world.

An initiative of the Warner College of Natural Resources, the Riordan Leadership Program is designed to provide environmental leadership opportunities and resources to benefit natural resource students, professionals, and the greater community.

The program was founded in 2012 with generous support from the Riordan Family, and is envisioned to create a lasting legacy of environmental leadership that enables future and current natural resource professionals to make an impact on environmental challenges facing their communities.

Program Overview

Up to eight (8) WCNR students are selected each year to participate in a leadership development cohort where they will gain valuable hands-on experience focused on building their skills for leading others in conservation. The program emphasizes peer learning and application of content through experiential and traditional learning. In addition to leadership workshops, students will apply leadership concepts to a real-world project they develop in our community.

The Riordan Leadership Program also sponsors two to four guest speakers throughout the year with individuals with an innovative story to share about how they inspire and motivate others to conserve resources. Previous speakers have presented stories about “greening” the Bronx and recovery efforts from Colorado’s massive September 2013 flood. These forums, open to the public, present informative and engaging discussions from environmental leaders who can empower others to make greater change.

Students selected to participate in the program complete 8-12 hours of leadership training and complete a conservation project.

Riordan Program 2013/2014 Student Cohort


Be a full time graduate or undergraduate student in WCNR for the 2016-17 year
·         Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
·         Be able to fully participate during both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters (includes participation in all leadership trainings, meetings and design and implementation of conservation project)
·         Participate in leadership workshops in the Fall (8-12 hours total), and Spring planning sessions for the community conservation project. All times TBD depending on students’ schedules


Please include the following in your application:
. Name and contact information of one WCNR reference
. Resume including current major/concentration, expected graduation date and GPA
. List of organizations on campus and within the community with which you are affiliated (include your role in these organizations)
. Answers to the following questions:
1.        Why are you interested in this program? (max. 300 words)
2.        What would make you a valuable member of the team? (max. 300 words)
3.        Why is leadership important in the context of natural resource and environmental stewardship (max. 750 words)

Please send all application materials to Kristen Dean at by 4:30pm on April 22, 2016