National Urban Extension Leaders

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Looking for events, webinars, and updates focused on urban Extension nation-wide? Look no further! Below you will find updates on upcoming events and webinars related to the NUEL's five focus areas: Stregthen Communities, Protect the Environment, Improve our Health, Enrich the Youth, and  Feed our Future.




2018 North Central Regional Caucus Summit

Join the North Central Regional Caucus on May 9th through May 10th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Marriott Grand St. Louis, MO! The organizing committee has been hard at work to arrange sessions that will be both inspiring and engaging. The goals of the Regional Caucus are to provide a platform for program design and development with an emphasis on interstate and interdisciplinary programming. Urban-serving Extension Professionals working in the areas of Youth Development, Community Capacity Building, Community Food Systems and Urban Extension Administration will enjoy this opportunity to gather with peers to discuss uniquely-urban issues and lay the groundwork for regional collaboration. Registration ends April 10th!

2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium

The 2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium will be held August 8-11 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. Our goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty.

Call for abstracts deadline is midnight CST January 8, 2018. Abstracts must be submitted online via the website (link below),

2019 National Urban Extension Conference

NUEL is proud to present the 2019 National Urban Extension conference, hosted by Washington State University Extension - located in the hear of Downtown Seattle, Washington. The conference will take place in May of 2019. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this conference. To join our planning committee, send an email to with 'NUEC19' as the subject. We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

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2018 Key Insights to Leading an Urban Extension Program

The 4th edition Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders, entitled Key Insights to Leading an Urban Extension Program, has been released on March 5, 2018! ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd says, "Washington State University's Dr. Brad Gaolach offers Extension Administrators and Directors interesting insights to bridge the world of academia with community-based applications in urban communities."

2018 Urban Green Infrastructure Summit

Flooding, stormwater management, air quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and community health are among the critical metropolitan issues that Green Infrastructure can help address. Join the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research’s Green Infrastructure Summit on Feb 21 & 22 at the Embassy Suites in Beaverton, OR to create collaborative problem-solving networks, identify research and education priorities, and share existing resources with University researchers, government and agency representatives, and Extension professionals from across the region. Green infrastructure, includes vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices that restore some of the natural processes required to manage water and create healthier urban environments (EPA. October, 2017.  Green Infrastructure elements may be integrated in communities in single, small-scale applications or networks of practices spanning entire watersheds. Examples include land conservation, urban tree canopy, green roofs, green parking, green streets and alleys, permeable pavements, bioswales, planter boxes, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and downspout disconnection.

2018 The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) advances informed environmental policy and decision making through science. The 2018 conference will be hosted on January 23rd through January 25th in Washington, DC. The agenda includes five plenaries designed as moderated discussions between diverse leaders from across sectors. Each plenary offers attendees the opportunity to listen to recognized experts with different perspectives on the pressing challenges infrastructure poses today, and the long-term benefits including increased value and avoided costs that applying sustainability principles to infrastructure offers going forward.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

2017 Southern Urban Extension Summit

Hosted by the Southern & 1890 Regional Caucus of National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL), the 2017 Southern Urban Extension Summit was the first-ever convening specifically designed for urban Extension professionals in the South. Participants who attended the 1.5-day meeting explored the changing demographics of our cities, counties, and regions; shared innovative program models and examples of successful partnerships with city, county, state and NGO’s; discussed common challenges and opportunities; and networked with other urban Extension professionals from the southern region. For information about the 2018 conference, email

2017 National Urban Extension Conference

The University of Minnesota Extension and the National Urban Extension Leaders are pleased to jointly announce the National Urban Extension Conference on “Engaging in Collective Purpose,” held in Bloomington, Minnesota, May 7-11, 2017. The conference will provide opportunities for Extension professionals from all program areas to share their research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies.  

2017 JCEP Leadership Conference | Emerging Leadership for Tomorrow's Extension

The JCEP Leadership Conference Planning Committee invites Extension educators, specialists and administrators to share their expertise in support of the 2017 JCEP Leadership Conference. The purpose of the JCEP Leadership Conference is to support Extension leadership succession planning and development nationwide across all disciplines. The JCEP Leadership Conference provides professional development that addresses leadership and management skill development critical for emerging Extension leaders.

2016 Urban Innovation Conference: Building Collaborative Partnerships across University, Community and Civic Leaders

A 2016 Northeast Regional Urban Extension Conference will be hosted on November 29-30, 2016 by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University-Newark. This two-day regional conference will convene Cooperative Extension faculty, government officials, and local stakeholders to highlight research and projects that are helping to build more resilient, sustainable, and healthy urban communities. The conference will provide opportunities to build collaborative partnerships, explore emerging urban issues, discover innovative technology for outreach, explore innovative funding practices, and address the challenges of urban programming. What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

2016 Southern Region Program Leadership Network

Download the presentation delivered by Dr. Fox from the Ohio State University about how can NUEL enhance urban programs? This presentation was delivered to the 2016 Southern Region Program Leadership Network conference focused on Creating New Harmonies: Addressing Regional Opportunities held in Nashville, TN.

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