The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 2019, USA


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 670 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.

Who attends the ELP?

Over the last eighteen years (2001-2018), the Beahrs ELP has graduated 670 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.

Please see our Participants and Requirements page to learn more about our participants including a breakdown of ELP alumni by geographic region, type of organization, and discipline/specialty and gender at

You may also browse through our alumni network at and find previous participants from your home country/region to better understand the profiles of previous candidates. If you would like to contact any specific person, please contact our staff at [email protected] to get their email address.

Who is eligible to apply to the Beahrs ELP?

The Beahrs ELP seeks participants who are proficient in English to allow full participation in course discussions, have a resume that demonstrates strong professional experience and leadership potential, and have an affiliation with an institution concerned with environmental management/sustainable development.


Application deadline is December 10, 2018.

Apply here!