Sustainable Environmental Management
The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at the University of California, Berkeley, offers a unique learning opportunity for mid-career practitioners and decision-makers to broaden their knowledge and perspectives on environmental and natural resource science, policy, management, and leadership. Through exposure to innovative sustainability approaches and dialogue, ELP participants develop the tools and skills necessary to meet environmental goals that also reduce poverty and social conflict. Established in August 2000 with seed funding from UC Berkeley alumni Carolyn and Richard Beahrs, the ELP offers an annual three week summer certificate course at UC Berkeley, and coordinates the Berkeley ELP Alumni Network with 640 members from over 110 countries. The ELP also supports post-training conservation and sustainable development collaborative projects with alumni, their organizations and the UC Berkeley community of faculty, staff, and students.
- Proficiency in English to allow full participation in course discussions;
- A resumé that demonstrates strong professional experience and leadership potential;
- Affiliation with an institution concerned with environmental management/sustainable development.
The Beahrs ELP at Berkeley is designed for mid-career development and environmental practitioners who are challenged to solve complex cross-sectoral environmental problems. They come from nonprofit and community-based organizations, applied research and educational institutions, government, international agencies and the business sector.
ELP summer training provides participants with a unique opportunity to interact with UC Berkeley, as well as their global peers, to access new information and tools, share practical experiences and develop the types of leadership skills that translate knowledge into effective action. Participants are continually challenged to meet environmental goals with collaborative solutions that also reduce poverty and social conflict.
Summer course participants:
- learn to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and analyze trade-offs to solve global and local environmental problems;
- explore innovative policies, technologies and institutions that promote sustainable livelihoods and environments;
- strengthen skills in communication, collaborative leadership and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes;
- experience cross-cultural and cross-sectoral learning from peers around the world; and
- leverage the continuing UC Berkeley – ELP partnership to become more effective environmental leaders.
Content and Structure
The 3-week certificate course offers a series of interdisciplinary workshops with a focus on innovation and collaboration. Workshops are facilitated by UC Berkeley faculty and non-academic experts from the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Training methods include lectures, small group exercises, role play simulations, debates, participant case studies, panels and presentations and open space sharing.
The curriculum is enhanced by field trips that showcase California’s groundbreaking responses to diverse agricultural, natural resource and urban environmental challenges:
- Capay Valley in Yolo County (diversified farming and marketing systems);
- Central Coast (intensive horticulture and coastal conservation);
- Berkeley and San Francisco Bay Area (“green” urban planning/economy, renewable energy, sustainable water and waste management, environmental and food justice);
- UC Berkeley Botanical Garden (remote sensing tools, habitat and water quality monitoring).
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