A River Between Us: Lessons in Conflict Resolution

By Jen Reynolds for EDRblog.org.  A River Between Us is a new documentary by former Oregon Senator Jason Atkinson and filmmaker Jeff Martin. (Disclosure: the University of Oregon School of Law ADR Center made a small contribution in support of post-production of the film.) The documentary provides much useful background on the Klamath restoration and, […]

Through Bears Ears, Tribes Lead the Way for True Collaboration over Utah’s Public Lands

By Anna Brady EDRblog.org. “We are not stakeholders here. We are relatives to these lands, and we have something to say.” That’s what Eric Descheenie, Co-Chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, told reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on October 15th when representatives from five tribes—Ute Mountain Ute, Uintah Ouray Ute, Hopi, […]

NEPA’s Fatal Flaw, an Impediment to Collaboration

By Kelsey Kahn for EDRblog.org.  Background Straddling the Oregon-California border, the Klamath Basin is home to the PacifiCorp-owned Klamath Hydroelectric Project; six power-generating dams along the Klamath River. Four of these dams are over 50 years old and out of compliance with the Endangered Species Act. [3] They each require costly retrofits because they inhibit […]

A is for A**hole

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org While preparing for a particularly difficult facilitation recently, I decided to consult my Conflict Resolution Reading List for inspiration. I rediscovered some of my favorite books and indeed went into the meeting with confidence and a smile (and the meeting went well). The first book on the list has the […]

Canyonlands Research Center Collaboration, a Student’s Perspective

By Alice de Anguera for EDRblog.org. The Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) in Southeast Utah is an excellent case study of collaboration between scientists and land managers. I have been studying this venture for my graduate work at Utah State University. CRC’s mission is to conduct research on land use and climate and help create sustainable […]

Bridging a Utah Cultural Divide: What’s Environmental Education Got to do With it?

by Paul Parker for EDRblog.org.  With over 100 groups, involved in environmental education (EE) in Utah, why don’t we talk to each other about issues and best practices? More than 50 environmental, government and educational leaders met to share their experiences and expertise in environmental education   This is exactly what HawkWatch International and the […]

Fracking in Populated Areas: The Most Literal Application of ‘Not in My Backyard’

By Kirstin Lindstrom for EDRblog.com. With a not-insignificant modicum of success, a recent sea change in public, industry and non-profit collaborative efforts on public land issues has altered the atmosphere of environmental dispute discourse. Despite some notable failures, in the past few years there have been important advances in the public/private collaborative realm. Many collaborations […]

First Annual Winter ULaw Clean Air Competition Results

Written for GreenTeamBlog.org. This February, the College of Law Green Team held the 1st Annual Winter ULaw Clean Air Competition to change commuting behavior to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy, and save money. The Green Team asked those associated with the College of Law to team up with their class or Faculty/Staff/Admin/Friends, […]

Wallace Stegner Lecture

This free lecture is in conjunction with the 20th Annual Stegner Symposium – Air Quality: Health, Energy and Economics Against All Odds: Why America’s Century-Old Quest for Clean Air May Usher in a New Era of Global Environmental Cooperation Robert Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland […]

EDR: Three Pieces of Advice

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.org. “Starting complex negotiations without an assessment is like performing surgery without any diagnostic tests.” This is one of the jewels of knowledge in Howard S. Bellman and Susan L. Podziba’s article titled, Public Policy Mediation: Best Practices for a Sustainable World. This excellent read covers not only best practices […]