Citizens’ Environmental Academy

Program Description

Citizens’ Environmental Academy 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.

The program will culminate with participants putting their knowledge to work by implementing projects related to the content of the academy. Participants will pitch projects to their classmates during the October session. A limited number of projects will be selected by class vote. Each participant will be given an allowance of up to $2,500 to contribute toward the project of their choice. Projects and budgets must be approved by the city.

We encourage you to learn about the projects from our first CEA group, the 2018 class. 

Participant Expectations

Participants in the Citizens’ Environmental Academy are expected to attend all sessions. Each month, the agenda will be filled with tours, talks and hands-on activities; it is important that you arrive on time and be present for the entire session. Participants missing more than one session may attend the remaining sessions and participate in their choice of project, but they will not formally graduate from the program and will lose their $2,500 funding. In special circumstances, participants missing multiple sessions may be allowed to complete the program during a future academy.

Participants may apply to the program as individuals or as part of a group (e.g., set of representatives from the same civic organization, neighborhood association, church, etc.). Group applicants are still each expected to attend all sessions.

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


  • Notification deadline, April 19
  • Graduation for 2019 class, May 18
  • Session 1 for 2020 class, May 18 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Session 2, June 8 (8:30 a.m. – noon)
  • Session 3, July 20 (8:30 a.m. – noon)
  • Session 4, Aug. 17 (8:30 a.m. – noon)
  • Session 5, Sept. 21 (8:30 a.m. – noon)
  • Session 6, Oct. 12 (8:30 a.m. – noon)
  • Graduation for 2020 class/Session 1 for 2021 class, May 16, 2020 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

The application process for 2018-19 is closed. Applications for the next class will open early in mid-February 2019.