Association for Conflict Resolution
1959 South Power Road
Suite 103-279
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 8014198786

 2016 ACREPP Conference theme: OPENING SPACE IN OUR PRACTICE AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES: What does it mean? How do we get there?

June 7-8

Austin, Texas

Preconference training sessions June 6

Registration opens mid-February

Hold onto your seats and book that flight for Austin! We have put together an EPP Conference Program that you will not want to miss. It guarantees adventure and challenges, provides the opportunity for everyone to be both teacher and student, and ensures the things that are really important to us get talked about.


ACR’s Environment and Public Policy Section will “open up” our annual conference by using a highly participatory meeting process which promotes inspired, productive collaboration among participants. We’ve always encouraged panels to involve attendees. This year we dig deeper and walk our talk by using the dynamic meeting method of Open Space Technology (OST) to harness everyone’s experiences, skills, knowledge and questions. More details will follow soon.


The conference is being held in conjunction with the University of Texas

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas Thompson Conference Center. The University of Texas campus is located in the heart of Austin, convenient to its great food, music and outdoor activities. Here’s a link to some of the closest lodging if you want to make reservations. Please check back at this page as we post exciting things to do in Austin. 

If you’re interested in helping with the conference planning and logistics, please email or contact Amanda Murphy ( or Suzanne Schwartz (

See you in Austin!

Job Opening Announced by The Udall Foundation's U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

 See Jobs Tab for additional information.


Two Openings Announced by Kearns & West

See Jobs Tab for additional information.


Nominations Received for EPP Leadership Council

The Environment and Public Policy (EPP) Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution received several quality nominations to fill four leadership positions this fall (2015). The EPP Leadership Council serves the Section by working on committees, shepherding the Section on new directions and initiatives, and promoting Section membership needs within ACR.

The Leadership Council consists of two elected co-chairs, elected at-large members and appointed committee chairs. One co-chair position and three at-large seats will become vacant in the fall of 2015.  The Leadership Council is reviewing candidates for these seats.  Leadership Council members serve two-year terms beginning in October.

Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Brian Manwaring, EPP Nominations Chair at

Jason Gershowitz was presented the Rob Williams Award

for Emerging Environment and Public Policy Leaders

Presentation Materials from the 2015 Annual Conference Posted on

Conference Page

 The Section's Mission is to:

  • 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.