The Buck Kingman Initiative was created in 2003 and is named in honor of Barry “Buck” Kingman, an alumnus of the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.
The Buck Kingman Initiative supports collaborative conservation and sustainable development projects designed and implemented by ELP alumni together with faculty and students from UC Berkeley. Since its beginning, forty-three projects have been carried out, including topics such as: applied field research; training of trainers; development of business/marketing plans; interdisciplinary workshops; course design and delivery; community-level capacity-building; preparation, publication and dissemination of policy guidelines; planning and development of a new organization or enterprise (including potential ELP Regional Centers); and others.
An important goal of the Buck Kingman Initiative is to enhance two-way learning among academics and practitioners in the field, bringing science, policy and practice together. The resources provided through the Buck Kingman Initiative (UCB partnerships and seed funding) enable alumni to apply their newly-acquired knowledge, skills and global network to address on-the-ground challenges they face as environmental professionals.