Environmental Leadership

Environmental Leadership // Master of Arts

Our planet is in environmental crisis. Fossil fuels, fracking, deforestation, climate change, industrialization and environmental justice issues – all of these have created an ecological emergency, which calls for exceptional leadership. Naropa's Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership was conceived to train the leaders we need to re-direct our world towards a sustainable future.

Environmental Leadership students combine a rigorously academic curriculum with contemplative study, including classes in:

  • Leadership
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Non-profit organizational methods
  • Living Systems Science and Cosmological Views
  • Environmental Justice and Multicultural Frameworks, and more.

These students learn to identify patterns that separate us from our world, systems that lock us in destructive cycles. They unravel habits, and learn to rebuild and retool new, environmentally just patterns. Graduates leave empowered, ready to create and engage a responsible future.

Earn the Knowledge to Create the Change We Need

Naropa Environmental Studies alumni are now facilitating regional, city and state-level programs, including:

  • Leading innovative green businesses and nonprofit organizations
  • Directing UrbiCulture Community Farms, helping to provide affordable, local, sustainable produce to Denver communities
  • Recycling and Resource Conservation with the Department of Environmental Resources in Illinois.

 Naropa students walk the walk, studying in one of the few U.S. schools that has divested entirely from fossil fuels. Social entrepreneurs on the Environmental Leadership path also benefit from powerful inner work. Naropa University’s contemplative style develops each student’s mindfulness, unwavering attention, and a powerful, compassionate perspective to effect global transformation.

Graduates of the Environmental Leadership Master’s Degree Program:

  • Experience a two-year, 39-credit MA program in Naropa’s contemplative style.
  • Live an 8-day summer course in the field, to commit to their relationship with the natural world.
  • Collaborate with a local or community organization, putting leadership skills to work in real life.
  • Enjoy classes in the afternoon or evening, to maintain a professional schedule while completing the curriculum.

Meet Environmental Leadership Faculty

Related Naropa Sustainability and Environmental Initiatives


Naropa's sustainability statement and initiatives invites you to explore Naropa's many projects and persectives on sustainability initiatives in educational and the campuses.

Naropa's Commitment outlines Naropa's President's Climate Committment, our nationwide statement regarding our commitment to working towards carbon neutrality.

William D. Jones Community Greenhouse grows food for the Naropa Café and plants for Naropa's campuses.

Recycling and Zero Waste is part of Naropa's commitment to use resources wisely and limit the amount of waste generated by the University.

Alternative Transportation is provided. Naropa University provides all students and staff with an RTD Eco Pass, which offers free access to local and regional RTD buses. Naropa's Legacy Bike Fleet is a collection of maintained bicycles Naropa community members can "rent" and use for free.

Eco-Landscaping at Naropa reflects the University's decades-long practice to use sustainable and organic landscaping practices.

Naropa's Ecological Impact