JEDI in Conservation Planning In-Depth Workshop


Two or more staff from your organization can join a cohort of conservation professionals from the DRWI for an in-depth workshop (12 hours over multiple session) to incorporate the workshop information and practices into your work.  This includes reviewing the steps of the conservation standards and how JEDI can be implemented, tailoring an approach for the participants’ work that incorporates the learnings, and determining a project participants can use to begin implementing this conservation approach.  Depending on interest, the cohort will be formed with small teams of organizations working on the same strategy (e.g., land protection, restoration), types of projects, or within the same cluster / state / region.

Once a cohort is formed, ICL and Lacy Consulting will work with you to schedule the in-depth workshop sessions, which will be held over multiple dates.

Participants will leave with actions they can take to incorporate justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into their project planning and implementation processes.  This workshop is especially helpful for conservation staff and their supervisors and organizations are encouraged to involve two or more people who work together or whose work is related.

Cost: Once selected, participants are asked to pay a $100 commitment fee / person or $300 for a team from one organization.

Because a goal of this funding is to support implementation, reflection, and learning, within six months of receiving funding, ICL will coordinate with participants to develop an approach to reporting that involves a “lessons learned” presentation.  (Audience and venue TBD with ICL.  For example, could be a Winter Gathering presentation, a webinar for colleagues in your cluster or who do similar work.)


About the Workshop Leader:

Leander Lacy is the owner and founder of Lacy Consulting Services. He has an impressive combination of wildlife conservation, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, applied social science, and conservation planning experience. He has worked for organizations such as Trust for Public Lands, The Nature Conservancy, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He is also a professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and has worked in the Delaware River Watershed system in the past.



  • The goal is to include a group of people who can implement what is learned within your organization. A minimum of 2 people from your organization up to a larger team or staff from across your organization’s functions who are connected to project planning and implementation, including responsibility for setting goals and strategies. This workshop is especially helpful for conservation staff and their supervisors.
  • Participants should join all sessions (i.e., consistent participation across sessions)
  • If your organization is interested in participating and wants to discuss your participation, please contact Sarah Clark (at) ICL. org to explore options.


  • In addition to actions that you can take immediately to incorporate JEDI in your project and overall planning efforts, you will have approaches you can add to your strategic plan and you will have a framework and common vocabulary used across the organization.
  • Follow up support from ICL includes availability for check ins and access to additional support if needed in implementation.
  • Upon completion of the in-depth workshop, organizations with two or more participants can create a goal and budget and receive some funding to implement next steps.  (Amount TBD based on number of participating organizations.)  The workshop is designed so that you leave with strategies and plans, which you can use to create your follow up plan.
  • An opportunity to share what you’re learning with colleagues.  As organizations implement work to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice the opportunity to share experiences and learning can support both your organization’s work and your colleagues in the field.


  • Grantees of the William Penn Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative (targeted sub-watershed program)


Please contact Sarah Clark at ICL with any questions or ideas and to discuss how this opportunity could work for your organization.


  • September 22, 2022: Applications open, promotional webinar
  • October 21, 2022: Application deadline
  • October 31, 2022: Applicants will be notified of their status
  • November 15, 2022: Registration deadline ($100 commitment fee/person or $300/organizational team)
    • Workshop scheduling begins as soon as the cohort is formed
  • November 2022 – February 2023: In-depth workshops occur on scheduled dates TBD
  • Four weeks after workshops completion: present goal and budget to receive implementation funding (amount TBD based on cohort size)
  • Within 6 months of completing workshops: debrief with ICL and sharing of a “lessons learned” presentation


Applications for this workshop closed on October 21, 2022.