Deadline: January 13, 2018 00:00 GMT-0800
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Dates: July 6-21, 2018
Eligibility: Leaders working on sustainable agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, environmental policy, climate change and community-based development
Location: Berkeley, the United States

Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 2018

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at UC Berkeley seeks to strengthen the capacities of new generations of environmental leaders around the world through access to state-of-the-art knowledge, and opportunities for peer learning, networking, and collaboration on a continuing basis.

ELP leaders are challenged to meet environmental goals with collaborative solutions that also reduce poverty and social conflict.

Who attends ELP?

Over the last seventeen years (2001-2017), the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program has graduated 640 leaders from over 110 countries.

Participants come from a wide range of environmental and sustainable development agencies and organizations, local to global, who share in common the goal to better understand and support sustainable human-environment interactions.

Program overview

The Beahrs ELP offers an annual international three-week summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management held at the Berkeley campus.

The course provides participants access to a wide range of UC Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area, and California resources through faculty and guest lectures, debates, panels, case studies, on-campus labs, and field trips.

  • UCB faculty and researchers who are internationally recognized for their expertise in the fields of agricultural, resource & development economics & policy, agroecology, conservation biology, ecosystem sciences, rural sociology, political ecology, population & environment, collaborative processes & conflict transformation.
  • California-based non-for-profit, for profit and public organizations and enterprises working on innovative technologies and institutional arrangements to meet the changing needs of a diverse and growing population.
  • A highly diverse agricultural and natural resource state that includes small and large-scale farming, conventional and organic production, innovative approaches to landscape & ecosystem conservation, and a vibrant history of movements for social, environmental and food justice.

Building capacities

Today’s sustainable development and environmental leaders are faced with the dual challenge of protecting the environment while enlarging economic opportunities, especially for the least advantaged sectors of society.

Growing populations dependent on a decreasing resource base, whether in California, Kenya or India, is a major global concern that has generated passionate debate and the on-going search for scientific and policy innovations to improve resource productivity and management, and the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate change.

New types of institutional arrangements are unfolding between governments, civil society, and environmental and social justice advocates to resolve disputes and collaboratively visualize, plan and implement integrated strategies for local and regional territorial development.

The problems are enormous and so is the potential to address them effectively by a diverse community of committed and capable environmental leaders around the world.

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at UC Berkeley is committed to providing a stimulating and supportive forum for building the capacities of new generations of environmental leaders.


  • Leaders working on sustainable agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, environmental policy, climate change and community-based development
  • 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

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