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 Now Available: “Open Space Book of Proceedings” (Conference Notes)

ACREPP 2016 Conference on June 7-8


Austin, Texas

(June 6: Preconference Training Sessions)

Book a flight to Austin and hold on to your seats,

this year’s EPP Conference is one you won’t want to miss! 


Register for the conference by April 30 for early-bird rate


ACR’s Environment and Public Policy Section will “open up” our annual conference by using the dynamic meeting method of Open Space Technology to actively involve all participants in sharing their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. We’ve always encouraged conference panels that involve attendees. This year we dig deeper and walk our talk.

On June 7-8 we’ll take what we all like best about conferences – the informal meet ups, hallway chats, and coffee conversations with interesting colleagues – and create that experience for the entire conference. Our keynote speaker, Howard Bellman will provide an experience you won’t want to miss: Mediation and All That Jazz. Lori Lewis, EPA’s Open Space Technology trainer and facilitator will guide us through the process of Open Space and will teach us how to use it in our own work. Together we will be opening space for those deliberate and mindful discussions without having to slip away into the interstices of breaks and evenings.  

The conference is being held in conjunction with the University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, in the heart of Austin, TX and convenient to its great food, music, and outdoor activities.

For more information please visit the conference webpage or the registration page.  

Diversity & Equity Scholarships Available for ACREPP 2016 Annual Conference

The ACR EPP 2016 conference is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in the environment, public policy, and conflict resolution to learn more about the field, share their experiences, and engage in networking with practitioners. To open the door for more students of diverse backgrounds to participate, we have scholarships available to cover the conference registration. We encourage students who bring diversity to the field to apply for a scholarship. Click here to submit an application. The application deadline is May 8, 2016 and successful candidates will be notified by May 13, 2016. Please note that any travel expenses are the responsibility of the student. 

Section Mission

  • Identify and serve the professional needs of everyone practicing in the environmental public dispute resolution field.
  • Organize and help guide the development of the discipline and the practice of environmental and public dispute resolution.
  • Work to define the scope of our section's concerns and practice.
  • Establish and maintain communication among ourselves (practitioners), providers, users and researchers in environmental and public dispute resolution.
  • Create and identify joint tasks that mobilize and effectively involve volunteers and that generate financial resources.

Section Purpose

The purpose of this Section is to support and enhance the field as a whole and to create opportunities to improve the skills of its members who are intervenors and trainers. 

Members are active in environmental and public policy dispute resolution in the US and Canada. Their cases range from small group to large multiparty cases, from site-specific to regulatory negotiations.

Members include sole practitioners; staff of Provincial, Federal and State agencies; large and small NGOs; as well as student members. The Section's enormously successful mid-year conferences provide many opportunities for mutual support to enhance the professional capacities of participants. Highlights from the conferences as well as other initiatives and special interest issues are reported several times a year.