CANCELLED - Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 2020

University of California, Berkeley

3 week program


Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program. We came to this decision in response to the recommendations of local, national, and international public health authorities. The health and safety of our community and the world were first and foremost in our decision to cancel. While we are saddened that we are unable to hold the program this year, we understand that our actions can have serious effects in the worldwide fight against this pandemic, and we strive to take purposeful action during this time of crisis.

As of now, we are developing plans in hopes of holding the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program in Summer of 2021. We would like to thank the many applicants who put so much hard work into their applications this year, the sponsors and donors for continually supporting the program over the past 20 years, the ELP alumni network for providing so many great examples of how the ELP cohort can change the world, and to the many other supporters both here and around the world who believe in the ELP.

We hope that the entire Beahrs ELP community is staying safe and well during this uncertain time. Should you need anything, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Beahrs ELP Team. More updates regarding the next program will be available in the following months.

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.

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