Community Environmental Academy

Program description

The Community Environmental Academy (CEA) is designed to inform and engage Fayette County residents in environmental issues related to the work of Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. The hope is that participants will help EQPW connect with the community by sharing information they learn with their co-workers, family, friends and neighbors and providing feedback from their networks to EQPW.

Topics covered include waste management, urban forestry, stormwater, energy, transportation and wastewater.

The program will culminate with participants putting their knowledge to work by implementing projects related to the content of the academy and developed in partnership with city staff. Participants will pitch projects to their classmates during the November session. A limited number of projects will be selected by class vote. Each participant who remains in good standing will be given an allowance of up to $1,500 to contribute toward the project of their choice. Projects and budgets must be approved by the city.

Participant expectations

Participants in the Community Environmental Academy are expected to attend all sessions. The first two sessions are required. Participants missing more than one of the other sessions will lose their $1,500 funding and eligibility to graduate with the current class. In special circumstances, participants missing multiple sessions may be allowed to complete the program during a future academy.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Fayette County. 

2022 – 2023 Community Environmental Academy

Applications for the 2022 – 2023 Community Environmental Academy class have closed. 

Session 1: June 11 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Introduction to the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works
Breakfast and snacks provided 

Session 2: June 25 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Overview of outreach efforts and introduction to the Community Environmental Academy
Breakfast and snacks provided

Session 3: July 16 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Energy and transportation
Breakfast and snacks provided

Session 4: Aug. 13 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Urban forestry and stormwater
Breakfast and snacks provided

Session 5: Sept.10 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Wastewater treatment
Breakfast and snacks provided

Session 6: Oct. 8 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Recycling and waste management
Breakfast and snacks provided

Session 7: Nov. 5 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Project proposals and group selection
Breakfast and lunch provided

Project completion: May 26, 2023

Graduation: June 10, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.