EMERGE is designed to empower professionals and community leaders with the resources they need to advance sustainability within their networks. Participants gain exposure to a range of progressive and expert insight while working to build the necessary skills to help them shape and achieve sustainability focused goals.

About the Program

Over the course of the six month program, EMERGE participants will form a solid foundation of relevant knowledge and skills through various demonstrations, lectures, hands-on projects, and think tank sessions. With the assistance of integrated guidance and support, members will work to become effective social entrepreneurs and change agents for healthier and more resilient organizations and communities.

EMERGE participants will address real-world sustainability issues related to their interests and professional goals; build a network with program colleagues, mentors, community leaders, and other sustainability experts; and develop the framework needed to apply new concepts and theories to community-based projects that engage others and build on their leadership strengths.


Businesses and organizations of all types and sizes seek leaders who can help shift their practices to support sustainability. Communities need citizens prepared to help develop real solutions for the challenges they face. 

Who should participate?

EMERGE leadership sessions will consist of 25-35 individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of degrees and professional experience. This diversity allows the group to learn from each other as they develop strong professional bonds.

Professionals and community leaders age 26 or older are invited to apply to be a part of EMERGE.

What to Expect

EMERGE leadership sessions will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month January 2019 through July 2019 from 8am-5pm in Birmingham, Alabama. Participants are expected to attend at least six out of the seven full sessions. Additional small group meetings or socials will take place once a month after work hours for collaboration on special projects.

Leadership sessions will utilize field trips to benefit from local and regional resources and will include frequent guest visits from sustainability professionals and community leaders to offer a broad spectrum of expertise and practical perspectives. Leadership session themes include: 

  • Innovation, Technology & Education
  • Environment & Quality of Life
  • Corporate Responsibility & Leadership
  • Community & Collaboration
  • Conservation
  • Day of Service

Transportation and lunch will be provided for participants. Tuition for EMERGE is $350 and may be paid for by an employer. 

Apply Now

EMERGE will meet a critical need in corporations and communities by equipping professionals with insight and education that will lead to transformative progress in sustainability. The application period for the 2019 class is now open. Click here to apply. For questions or more information, please email info@grcalabama.org.

Thank you to our sponsors: Alabama Power Foundation, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Toyota.