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International environmental management program created at UC Berkeley, thanks to $1 million alumni gift
04 Jan 2001

By José L. Rodríguez

Berkeley - Two Connecticut-based alumni of the University of California, Berkeley have established a $1 million fund to improve environmental management around the world.

The gift by Carolyn and Dick Beahrs will support advanced education in a wide range of inter-related issues affecting development and the environment, including global warming, water management, population and poverty.

The Richard and Carolyn Beahrs International Environmental Leadership Program is an intensive summer certificate course in sustainable environmental management at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources and the Center for Sustainable Resource Development.

The summer program will provide mid-career professionals and policymakers - those who work every day on complex environmental issues - with an opportunity to interact with UC Berkeley faculty engaged in up-to-date research and policy analysis on sustainable environmental management.

"Carolyn and Dick Beahrs have a passion for environmental management and developing countries," said Richard Malkin, dean of the College of Natural Resources.

"They understand that an institution like UC Berkeley can effectively bring together some of the best and most creative minds from around the world to solve real-world problems, using sound science. The unique insights of farmers and practitioners can provide extraordinary perspective when they are matched with Berkeley's world-class faculty," he said.

"We are deeply committed to the university," said Dick Beahrs. "It has enhanced our lives and the lives of many of our family members." Four generations of the family have been educated UC Berkeley. Most recently that has included the Beahrs' son Andy, who graduated in the 1995, and two daughters, Jenny and Suzanne, who are current students.

Dick Beahrs has held several positions in his more than 30 years with Time Warner. He is currently president of Court TV. He also serves on the boards of the Near East Foundation, the International Center for Research in Agroforestry and the Center for Sustainable Resource Development at UC Berkeley.

Carolyn Beahrs is a former elementary schoolteacher who volunteers in numerous community organizations, including their church, children's schools and the Literacy Volunteers of America.

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Planning for the first Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program summer course is under way. More information about the program, as well as an online application, is available at http://cnr.berkeley.edu/BeahrsELP or by contacting program co-director Robin Marsh at (510) 643-4200, e-mail at rmarsh@nature.berkeley.edu.

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