My Own Worst Nightmare

By Lucy Moore for EDRblog.org.  This post originally appeared on Lucy Moore’s blog in September 2016. We are reposting it with the Lucy Moore’s permission. Lucy Moore will be a presenter in the December 7 2016 Dialogue on Collaboration (Working with tribes: What can collaboration bring to the table? – open to the public, register […]

The Power of Human-to-Human Connections

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for EDRblog.org. On Saturday, November 12, the first Utah Citizens Summit was held in downtown Salt Lake City. The event – a day of dialogue and celebration sponsored by the Utah Civil and Compassionate Communities Initiative – capped a yearlong effort to bring communities together through conversation and service. Organizers and participants […]

Noble Water Pursuits: How the Nobel Prize for Contract Theory Highlights Promising Movements in Utah Water Law

By Emily E. Lewis for EDRblog.org.  Complex situations call for creative solutions. Nowhere is this maxim more relevant than in addressing modern environmental problems. Finding and executing solutions that properly value and protect the natural world calls on leaders across disciplines to employ their knowledge in new ways. Using contracts as a means to collaboratively […]

Ruple featured on National Public Radio about Bundy acquittal

John Ruple, associate professor (research) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed by National Public Radio on the recent acquittal of Ammon Bundy and six other militants who occupied a bird sanctuary in Oregon earlier this year to protest the federal government’s role in public lands. The segment aired on public radio stations […]

Using Serious Games to Help Communities Make Progress on Serious Problems

By Danya Rumore for EDRblog.org Addressing environmental, natural resource, and public policy issues is serious business. Making progress on concerns such as water resources management and air quality often requires helping diverse stakeholders recognize their shared challenges, work through differing perspectives and interests, and accept tough trade-offs. The seriousness of such issues should not be undervalued […]

The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership Uses the Open Standards Process

This post originally appeared on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network’s blog in May 2016. We are reposting it with the permission of both the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and author Bill Tripp. The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) effort explores a path toward collaborative fire management in the Western Klamath landscape. It arose […]

Be the Thermostat, not the Thermometer

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for EDRblog.org. On a break in a recent workshop, I reflected to my co-facilitator on the energy of the group during a section I’d just led: “I can’t figure out what’s going on with them. They seem really edgy and are stuck in a victim mindset. Maybe the horrible echoes in the […]

Craig interviewed in The Atlantic on ocean acidification

S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Robin Craig was interviewed in the September 13, 2016 edition of The Atlantic. The story, titled “Why the EPA Doesn’t Regulate Ocean Acidification – In part, it’s because no one knows how best to do it yet,” discusses ocean acidification. “Few coastal states have done the necessary scientific research to be […]

Willard Spur: Resolving Conflict through Collaboration

This post by Jeff Ostermiller is reprinted with permissions from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for EDRblog.org Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep my inner cynic in check. This is particularly true during presidential elections, when the divisive nature of our political system makes compromise among differing viewpoints seem impossible. In contrast to […]

Keiter publishes op-ed in Salt Lake Tribune on national parks centennial

On August 26, 2016 Robert B. Keiter, the Wallace Stegner Center Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and author of To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea, published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune about the national parks centennial. Read the op-ed here.