Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 2020

July 18 - August 7 2020

University of California, Berkeley

3 week program
$8,000, apply now
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The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (Beahrs ELP) at the University of California, Berkeley is a rigorous, unique learning experience that transforms mid-career environmental professionals into exceptional leaders. Through exposure to innovative approaches and case studies, ELP participants develop the skills necessary to tackle dynamic and complex environmental issues.

This three-week intensive interdisciplinary training includes workshops taught by award-winning Berkeley faculty members from the College of Natural Resources, Haas School of Business, and School of Environmental Design, as well as the departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Agricultural and Resource Economics. In addition, the instructor team includes prominent experts in the areas of green finance, systems leadership, communications, project management, conflict resolution, and consensus building. We shape powerful leaders by combining cutting-edge thinking with real-world approaches.

Upon completion, participants in the Beahrs ELP join an alumni network comprising of 702 members from over 114 countries. 

Your Takeaways
  • UC Berkeley certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management.
  • Enhanced capacity to develop and apply solutions that balance environmental, economic, and social equity objectives.
  • Strengthened skills for communicating ideas, managing conflict, facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, and leading social change.
  • Lifetime membership in the global Berkeley ELP Alumni Network, eligibility for small grants and a continuing learning relationship with UC Berkeley.
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.
What's Included:
The course fee is US$8,000. Participants are also responsible for their own travel arrangements and for covering approximately US$400 in additional meals and incidentals. Please also budget for a visa application fee (about $140), airport transportation ($40 average each way), and travel insurance if desired.

The $8000 fee covers the costs of instruction, housing, most meals, course materials, field trips, certificate, and health insurance if needed.

There are limited partial scholarships available for a small number of candidates. Applications for the 2020 program are now open, and those who will be seeking funding from their employers or others should apply early.

Please see our Cost page for more information.
Who should attend
Over the last nineteen years (2001-2019), the Beahrs ELP has graduated 702 leaders from over 114 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.

You may also browse through our alumni network 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 to get their email address.
The ELP 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.

Please see our Content and Structure page for more information.

* Due to unforseen circumstances, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary in 2021