Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program has welcomed two new faces to their staff for the 2014 program. Please meet:
Madhyama Subramanian, Graduate Student Researcher
Madhyama Subramanian is a development communications professional and sustainability professional from India. Over the past nine years, Madhyama has worked with a number of international organizations such as The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), UNDP, UNESCO and BBC Media Action and developed high impact communication material on topics such as natural resource management, climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and anti-human trafficking. She also worked with a grassroots organization in the Central Indian Tribal Belt where she contributed to the design and marketing aspects of sustainable livelihood enterprises. Madhyama currently is a graduate student in the Master of Development Practice Program at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary program aimed at developing sustainability professionals. Apart from her passion for nature and the outdoors, she enjoys music, reading, films, travelling and meeting new people.
Peiley Lau, Coordinator
Peiley is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Her academic interests include the role of diversified food systems in developing economies, the impact of international aid on agriculture and health, food security, and food sovereignty. She is currently also an Intern Scholar at the Oakland Institute policy think tank where she researches the role of the informal rural agricultural economy in the economic development of Papua New Guinea. She has taught nutrition and cooking courses to underserved communities in the California Bay Area and worked on a rural family farm in the American Midwest learning about sustainable agriculture. Peiley plans to pursue her PhD in agricultural economics. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, trail running, reading contemporary literature, learning new languages and cooking Californian-Asian cuisine.
The Beahrs ELP would like to heartily congratulate George Owoyesigire, a 2009 ELP alumnus, on winning the Steve H. Taylor African Conservation Award for his work protecting the diversity of fauna in his home country of Uganda.
Read more about this story on the Cleveland local news website.
The Steven H. Taylor African Conservation Award, established by Steve H. Taylor, a retired Metroparks Zoo Director, enables “a conservation partner working in Africa to attend an AZA conference or other professional development opportunity that enhances long-term capacity for successful field conservation initiatives in Africa” (Cleveland Zoological Society).
We are incredibly proud of Mr. Owoyesigire and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Khaled Ben Halim and Rida Sharif were recognized for becoming the first Libyans to participate in the 2013 Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program in a story by the Libya Herald. The Beahrs ELP’s summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management, composed of a series of interdisciplinary workshops facilitated by UC Berkeley faculty and enhanced by field trips across California, strengthened their capacity to be environmental leaders in Libya.
Khaled Ben Halim “works in conservation and animal welfare, supporting both wild and domestic animals, and is involved in a scheme to rehabilitate Tripoli Zoo, which lost many animals during the revolution.”
Rida Sharif “is in his final year of a forestry PhD and specialises in how improved forest management can impact on desertification.”
We fully support Khaled Ben Halim and Rida Sharif and wish them the best in their endeavor to provide indigenous solutions to Libya’s environmental challenges.
Learn more by reading the article in the Libya Herald.
Nearly 20 Beahrs ELP alumni attended the June 2012 “Rio + 20” UN Summit on Sustainable Development as well as four Berkeley/ELP faculty members. Some participated in official negotiations but most attended parallel forums and side events centered on the issues of greatest concern to their organizations. In this article we feature the reflections of some of these participants six months after the event. One common feature stands out – that despite negative claims by media and experts regarding the lack of major inter-governmental commitments and outcomes, on individual and organizational levels, ELP participants felt strong solidarity at the Summit and are committed to moving their programs and partnerships for sustainable development forward. (more…)
In March, 2012 two ELP alumni, Kim Kieser (2009) and Bishnu Thakali (2011), received prestigious environmental awards. They were recognized for the work that the organizations they both founded and direct are doing within their countries.
Bishnu Thakali’s (Nepal, ELP 2011) organization, Women’s Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO), received the SEED Gender Equality Award 2011. The annual international SEED Awards, which are part of the SEED Initiative, “recognize inspiring social and environmental entrepreneurs whose grassroots businesses in developing countries can help to meet sustainable development challenges” (press release, http://www.seedinit.org/). The award press release describes Thakali’s program: “The Solid Waste Management and Community Mobilization Program is a waste collection and recycling initiative of over 1,000 households and businesses and is run by a women’s environment committee and supported by a local municipality. Under the initiative, landfill waste is reduced via recycling and biogas plants are fueled by organic waste on which training is provided. A savings and credit cooperative has also been established to mobilize loans to 150 female members.” Robin Marsh, ELP Co-director writes of the program, “it is a far-reaching community-based waste management and recycling initiative that reaches over 1,000 households in and near Kathmandu. It is a model of how poor women can organize to improve the lives and safety of their households and communities, and generate businesses, income and employment.” (more…)