The Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program is offering a short course on effective natural resource collaboration. The course consists of six 1.5-day sessions held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The program received $5,000 in scholarship support from the Huntsman Corporation and $5,000 from the The I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Charitable Foundation.
Environmental and natural resource (ENR) issues are ecologically, politically, culturally, and emotionally complex. Not only can they cross jurisdictional boundaries, impact diverse stakeholders, and involve multiple institutions; they also typically involve high levels of uncertainty and complicated science. As a result, ENR issues are often contentious and controversial.
Collaborative efforts that meaningfully engage diverse agencies and stakeholders have considerable potential in Utah and throughout the mountain west to help involved parties work through conflict to identify and implement creative and effective solutions for ENR issues. To help advance ENR collaborative problem-solving throughout Utah, the Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program is hosting a Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration in 2016.
The six-session Short Course will teach mid- and upper-level professionals and other individuals working on ENR issues in Utah the “art and science” of collaborative problem-solving through lectures, case studies, peer-to-peer sharing, discussion, and simulation exercises. Each participant will put the concepts and skills learned through the course into action in a rea-life setting through designing and implementing an ENR collaboration Capstone Project.