We share the model in multiple speaking modes

Invite a UEC Institute leader to speak at your event

Organizations in places around the world have invited us to share firsthand the work of transforming urban neighborhoods. We are eager to meet your team, learn from you, and customize a talk for an audience of your staff or your community.

Ken speaks from his experience of growing the Urban Ecology Center. From a double-wide trailer in a blighted park to three vibrant community centers, the model now has a growing global following.​ Disarmingly honest, his playful and engaging style captivates, his local success inspires while his international reach is impressive.

I’ve been the Chancellor for the past 11 years and it’s no exaggeration to say that Ken’s presentation is one of the best I’ve heard on our campus. My Doctoral degree is in Speech Communications, and I consider myself an expert in the field.

The way Ken Leinbach presents and engages an audience is rare, and the new and important information he conveys I am sure all in attendance will remember. That is key to a good talk.

Joe Gow,​ President, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Ken Leinbach uses story, whimsy, and audience engagement to share the journey of the UEC. His honesty, humor and humility draws in the audience. Ken connected with students at Conserve School on a personal level by sharing his story and his dedication. His enthusiasm was contagious and it left the students inspired and driven to seek their own paths to help the earth and each other.

Eleva Potter, Assistant Director of Student Instruction, Conserve School, Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin

Meet our faculty team

We are looking for partner organizations who are looking to strengthen their mission.


The Urban Ecology Center Institute is an effort to share the model developed in Milwaukee. With three distinct branches in Milwaukee, the UEC connects people in cities to nature and each other.