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On July 8th, the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration at the Alumni House with keynote speaker, Carl Pope (Chairman, Sierra Club), and a panel of distinguished ELP alumni on the topic: Environmental Leadership: A Force that Persists. Robin Marsh, Beahrs ELP co-director, welcomed the packed House by sharing a brief history of the ELP since its inception in 2010.
The ELP at UC Berkeley has trained and networked 382 environmental and sustainable development leaders from over 90 countries. The panelists were: Rizwana Hasan, Executive Director, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia in 2009 (ELP 2003), Mohamed Bakar, Senior Environmental Advisor, Global Environment Facility (ELP 2006), Celia Harvey, Vice President, Global Change and Ecosystem Services, Conservation International (2006), Jean Solo Ratsisompatrarivo, Congo Basin Coordinator, USAID Health Project RESPOND (ELP 2006), and Tony Barclay, President, Development Practitioners Forum and former CEO, Development Alternatives, Inc (ELP partner). Each panelist addressed her/his own challenges leading positive change under difficult circumstances, reflected on the influence and inspiration of the ELP, and provided guidance for success during the next ten years. Professor Vince Resh concluded the panel sharing his own experience teaching with the ELP for ten years and inviting all present to join the Reception with Chancellor Birgeneau at Giannini Hall.
The afternoon continued with sunshine, refreshments and celebration on the steps of Giannini Hall. The program included a Welcome by Dean of CNR, Keith Gilless, and remarks by Chancellor Birgeneau who honored the Beahrs and Pardee families for their gifts to creatie the new George M. Pardee Jr. Family Chair in International Sustainable Development. This Chair, which will provide critical academic and institutional support to the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, is part of the Hewlett Foundatiion's major gift to UC Berkeley to endow 100 new faculty chairs that are matched with private funds. David Zilberman, ELP co-director, concluded the program by thanking again the Beahrs and Pardee families and inviting all the guests and 2010 ELP participants to meet one another and celebrate ten years of building environmental leadership around the world.