In partnership with the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, the BTJRC is proud to offer the Chern-Simons Leadership Fellows Program for Energy & Climate Change—providing state-of-the art training in environmental and natural resource science, policy, and leadership, with an emphasis on addressing the challenges of promoting clean energy and climate change mitigation in China.

Participants will benefit from a unique opportunity to interact with UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab faculty and with their global peers to access new information and tools, share practical experiences, and develop collaborative leadership skills. 

Program Benefits

  • UC Berkeley certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management
  • Enhanced capacity to develop solutions that balance environmental, economic, and social equity objectives, with a specific focus on clean energy and climate change issues and challenges
  • Strengthened skills for communicating ideas, facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, and leading social change
  • Lifetime membership in the world-wide Berkeley ELP Alumni Network
  • Eligibility to apply for the Buck Kingman Initiative to receive funding for collaborative projects with UC Berkeley faculty

Who Should Attend?

The Chern-Simons Leadership Fellows Program is designed for mid-career development and environmental practitioners from a wide range of disciplinary, geographic, and organizational backgrounds—including government, nonprofit organizations, research and education institutions, international agencies, and the business sector—who are working on the challenging issues related to clean energy and climate change in China.

Program Design

This three-week certificate course offers a series of interdisciplinary workshops with a focus on innovation and collaboration. Workshops are facilitated by UC Berkeley faculty, Berkeley Lab researchers, and other 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.

Faculty and Experts

The Leadership Fellows Program is coordinated by the faculty and staff of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley in conjunction with Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center staff. 

Contributing UC Berkeley faculty includes members of the departments of Agriculture and Resource Economics; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; and the Energy Resources Group; among others. Staff from Berkeley Lab and Tsinghua University will also participate in workshops, lectures, and other course content. 

To Apply

Applications for the July 2018 Fellows Program are now available. Please visit the ELP website for more information and applications.  

See the Program Handout [PDF] for more information.

See the Program Overview in Chinese and English [PDF] for more information.