UCB1 - Environmental Leadership Program
2 July 2016 – 22 July 2016
Hosted by University of California, Berkeley
The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley provides state-of-the-art training in environmental and natural resource science, policy, and leadership to strengthen the capacities of environmental practitioners worldwide.
Participants will benefit from a unique opportunity to interact with Berkeley faculty as well as their global peers to access new information and tools, share practical experiences, and develop collaborative leadership skills. The Beahrs ELP has graduated over 575 environmental leaders from over 110 countries.
The 3-week certificate course on Sustainable Environmental Management offers a series of interdisciplinary workshops, facilitated by UC Berkeley faculty and non-academic experts from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Program curriculum includes:
- Policies for Sustainable Development
- Leadership for Collaborative Change
- Impact Assessment and Quantitative Analysis
- Sustainable Business Practices
- Population, Health, and the Environment
- Resources and Sustainable Livelihoods
- Mitigation Of and Adaptation to Climate Change
The curriculum is enhanced by field trips that showcase California’s groundbreaking responses to diverse agricultural, natural resource, and urban environmental challenges:
- Tour of San Francisco;
- Berkeley and San Francisco Bay Area (“green” urban planning/economy, renewable energy, sustainable water and waste management, environmental and food justice);
- Muir Woods and Point Reyes (coastal conservation);
- Central Coast (intensive horticulture and coastal conservation);
- Silicon Valley
Advanced undergraduates (graduating seniors) and graduate students (MA and PhD)
Students interested in networking with international environmental practitioners, are in the process and/or are interested in becoming environmental leaders, and have an interest in environmental economics, science, policy, and management.
Fluency in conversational English and basic familiarity with economic, statistical and environmental concepts
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Training methods include lectures, thematic groups, role play simulations, debates, participant case studies, panels and presentations
Group exercises, participation, attendance, and written assignments
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
Students participating in this course will not receive UC Berkeley academic credit. Students will receive a certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management from UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. It is at the discretion of participant’s home university to accept course evaluation and final grade as transfer credit.
144 total contact hours (classroom) + 36 field trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
A full list of contributing faculty and their expertise can be found online at http://beahrselp.berkeley.edu/faculty-and-staff/contributing-faculty/.
The Foothill Residence Hall, at the northeast corner of the UC Berkeley campus, offers simple, modern, clean dormitory rooms surrounded by trees and overlooking spectacular views of the Bay Area. Bath and common living areas are shared with participants of the same gender. A self-service computer center, dining facilities, laundry, and other amenities are on site. Classrooms, shops, restaurants and public transportation are nearby.
Students must arrive by July 01, 2016. They will be able to check in from June 30, 2016.
Check-out date July 23, 2016.
Students will not have the option to stay longer.
Figures are estimates only. Click on each item for details.
Tuition FeesUSD 5,700
AccommodationIncluded in tuition fees.
Miscellaneous FeesParticipants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and for covering approximately USD 400 in additional meals and incidentals. Please also budget for airport transportation (USD 40 average each way) and travel insurance if desired.
Visa FeesEstimate USD 140
InsuranceMedical insurance included in tuition fees if needed.
Required and/or Recommended Insurance
International students who come to UC Berkeley to take classes in Summer Sessions are required to have health insurance coverage during the entire length of enrollment. Students should purchase a health insurance policy before arrival in Berkeley. This policy should cover all medical and hospital costs or provide a minimum of:
- USD 50,000 for each accident or illness
- a deductible of USD 500 or less for each accident or illness
- at least 75% of hospital and physician costs from the time you leave your current residence to the day you plan to return
- coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation of remains
Students must be sure to bring a full description of the health benefits and an identification card giving the period of validity.
More information can be found here.
Further Required Application Material
(1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
(2) Personal Statement (250 word per question for questions 1-3):
- Describe your current work/academic responsibilities and any leadership experience.
- What are the two or three most important environmental issues or challenges you are currently addressing in your work or academic work? What skills will you need to better manage these challenges?
- What are your personal and professional goals for the future after completion of this program? What do you expect to gain by participating in the course?
- List 3 (three) subject areas that are of greatest interest to you in the ELP (ex. Environmental Economics, Energy, Impact Assessment, etc.)
- List 3 (three) skills that you want to strengthen in the ELP (ex. Communication, Leadership, GIS, etc.)