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UPG Sustainability Leadership mobilises people and organisations to support positive citizen leadership on sustainability. We bring together people who are committed to impact by taking positive actions.

Every individual and organisation can play a positive role.

In 2019 UPG successfully trained 60 UPG Sustainability Leaders from 30 countries around the world. They have gone on to train over 4,000 people (and counting) and to implement projects within their communities. Learn more on this site and in the 2019 UPGSL Report.
For 2021 UPG is training and certifying 500 young leaders from all over the world and flying 60 of them to a FREE, complementary and immersive 1-week experience on an island in the USA: the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. If this could be you or someone that you know, then take action and apply now or share this link.

UPG Sustainability Leadership is FREE for young people thanks to the wonderful support of our Partners who believe in positive citizen leadership on sustainability.

UPG Sustainability Leadership - Taking Action

UPG Sustainability Leadership is about positive citizen leadership on sustainability. It is a movement that encourages and enables citizens at all levels to take positive action. A movement inspired by the UPG’s commitment to do what we can with what we have, rather than wait for someone else to act. It is accurate to think of UPG Sustainability Leadership as a state of mind.

UPG believes that sustainability includes BOTH the usual “green” issues such as planting trees, recycling waste, managing energy, protecting the oceans AND that it also includes other issues that have been central to our societies for a long time such as: education, health, jobs, gender equality, sustainable consumption, sustainable production and more. For those who are familiar with it, UPG uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  as a guide.

This initiative is currently comprised of several activities which appear below and which are described further below. Please explore and join any part of the initiative that you can contribute to.


This program began in 2019 with 60 people from around the world trained as Sustainability Leaders. Flights, accommodation and training costs were all covered. These 60 Leaders committed to two objectives within the communities that they inhabit:

-Lead personal of their own choice

-Deliver to other Sustainability Leaders

Meet some of our UPG sustainability leaders


More Information about UPG Sustainability Leaders

With the support of courageous people and organisations, a total of 60 leaders, aged 18 to 35, from 31 countries in 7 world regions came together at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership in Penobscot  Bay,  Maine, to learn about sustainability in an immersive environment during a full week.

The first generation of UPG Sustainability Leaders was composed of 32 women and 28 men who were trained over three separate cohorts, in June, August, and September. Their training included a primer on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) and also on how to use UPG’s Four Pillars to move from “ideals and goals” to “positive action”.

After certification, the 2019 class of Sustainability Leaders has already trained more than 4,000 citizens through local mini-training sessions in universities, schools, organisations, and communities across the world.


For UPG Sustainability Leadership in 2021, we have decided to bring this incredible training to up to 500 young leaders all over the world via an online program.

The syllabus includes training in project management, stakeholder engagement, communication, digital communications, and much more. Sustainability Leaders also explore how sustainability is related to economics, politics, law, culture, technology, education, and more.

After completing the online training, all UPG Sustainability Leaders will receive a certification, and 60 of them will have the chance to attend to a complementary 1-week training at Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, in the USA, in summer 2021.

*Covid-19 pandemic regulations permitting.

The goal of this training is to increase the capacity of UPG Sustainability Leaders to lead at least one project of their own choosing in their community. In addition, upon the conclusion of these trainings, UPG Sustainability Leaders conduct a secondary wave of mini-training sessions within their communities; contributing to a ground swell of informed citizens taking positive action and demonstrating sustainability leadership.


Learn more and apply for the 2021 Program to participate.


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UPG Sustainability Leadership

There are several ways to be part of UPG Sustainability Leadership. At any time there are activities that you can either participate in directly or that you can help to ensure that the activity has more impact.


A special thank you to our Partners

Supporters and UPG Champions who all make this possible. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us in any way.


The following conditions apply to prospective candidates who are interested in becoming UPG Sustainability Leaders.

You demonstrate a strong motivation to become UPG Sustainability Leader combined with strong capabilities and you also have initial ideas that can have impact.

Your age is minimum 18 years or maximum 35 years by 1 October 2021. This ensures that all participants are within this age group for the duration of the training and experiences that are planned.

UPG is looking for young determined people from all different paths of life and regions of the world. From well-experienced professionals to freshly graduated students.

The selection process considers four factors:
A. Your Profile – this helps us to strive for diversity
B. Your Motivation – we select the most motivated
C. Your Capabilities and
D. The Potential for Impact

UPG Champions have an advantage in the process as they demonstrate the required motivation. UPG Champions that are part of a local “Community of Champions” or Champions who are from a organisation that is a UPG Champion also have an advantage in the selection process as this contributes to a supportive environment for their work.


Open Applications




Opening UPGSL 2021 Online Program




Applications Deadline




Closure UPGSL 2021 Online Program




Selection Announcement




Invitations begin for 60 UPG Sustainability Leaders to go to Hurricane Island





Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership




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Thank you for your interest in UPG Sustainability Leadership. Let us move together on the journey to a more sustainable world. Please contact us with any comments, questions, ideas and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Information Session

UPG Sustainability Leadership hosts regular Information sessions for stakeholders. If you would like to be informed of future information sessions that may be open to you, please submit the contact form above.

The next Information Session is on Wednesday, 18 November 2020. It is only open to applicants and they receive the information directly about how to join.

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