For twenty years, the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) has provided an innovative, rigorous learning experience that transforms environmental professionals into exceptional leaders. Established in 2000, this program has equipped hundreds of environmental and sustainable development specialists from across the globe to lead efforts in solving the planet's most pressing challenges.
Under the academic leadership of Dean Emeritus and Professor J. Keith Gilless and Professor David Zilberman, the Beahrs ELP has created a generation of leaders dedicated to pursuing collaborative solutions to reduce poverty, social conflict, and preserving our world’s vital natural resources.
One of the first of its kind to address environmental and sustainability issues, the program’s unique and intensive interdisciplinary workshops cover a range of topics: from policies for sustainable development, to green finance, to mitigation of climate change. Workshops are conducted with real-world approaches that utilize various training methods such as lectures, site visits, case studies, role play, panels, and presentations. Applying this versatile pedagogy and tailoring the curriculum to the needs of each class, the Beahrs ELP prepares participants to be effective environmental stewards in their respective fields.
Participants receive an unparalleled cross-sectoral learning experience from an array of experts who are internationally recognized in their areas of study. Beahrs ELP instructors include award-winning Berkeley faculty from a multitude of disciplines across campus, in addition to industry specialists in fields such as urban development, communications and storytelling, and conflict resolution. Since 2000, 243 instructors from over 100 distinct fields of study have offered their expertise in the program.
Utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in the program, Beahrs ELP alumni continue to create significant environmental, societal, and economic changes around the world, applying their leadership skills that inform policy and practice in their communities. Alumni have gone on to found wildlife conservation programs in Vietnam, elementary school nutrition programs in Belarus, clean drinking water education and treatment programs in Kenya, and are working to improve food sustainability policies here in the United States.
For two decades, environmental champions from around the world have been brought together by the Beahrs ELP to advance knowledge and practice that will sustain our planet’s natural resources. The program began at a time when environmental issues such as climate change were considered a burgeoning—or even radical—field of study. The Beahrs ELP continues to evolve its programming in order to provide environmental professionals up-to-date and forward-thinking educational and networking opportunities that prepare them to help create a more sustainable, brighter tomorrow. Fiat Lux!