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2009 ACR/EPP Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution Conference
Managing Climate Change through Collaborative Governance:
Addressing Policy Challenges Globally and Locally
June 11 – 13, 2009  in Denver, Colorado


To register and for full conference information, please click here.

For information about the free pre-conference mentoring workshop, see below. 


Conference Goal

The Conference seeks to bring together individuals in the fields of environmental conflict resolution, collaborative decision-making, and deliberative democracy, with business, public/non-profit, scientists, and public officials from all levels of government to:

  • Share knowledge of current tools for effective conflict management and collaborative decision-making around environmental and public policy issues;
  • Explore innovative strategies and practices for resolving complex policy disputes and promoting collaborative decision-making; and
  • Develop a foundation for future efforts to apply dispute resolution and collaborative approaches to the management of climate change issues.

Local, regional, state and national governments, civic organizations and private entities are increasingly confronted with the causes, consequences, and conflicts of climate change. Addressing these challenges is a daunting task: it requires us to develop, articulate and promote broad-scale change, in the face of significant conflicts over values, interests and uncertainty. Collaborative governance systems have already demonstrated a powerful capacity for promoting sustainability and addressing other environmental challenges. As such, they hold forth promise as a critical tool for managing greenhouse gases, adapting to climate change, and ameliorating impacts on those who are affected most directly by climate change.

This conference will explore potential paths to effectively respond to these emerging challenges. We will examine the practice of collaborative decision-making and conflict resolution not only from the perspective of climate change, where its usage is fairly recent, but also from the wide range of environmental and public policy issues that are part of our ongoing practice.

In keeping with the urgency of the challenges associated with climate change, we will use our time in Denver not simply to assess current practices, but also as a launch pad to explore and design specific future actions that will enhance the effective use of collaborative decision-making in addressing these challenges.

Click below for the call for proposals.  We also highly recommend that you review the background white paper below as a guide for developing proposals:




Part 1 – Wed., June 10th; 1:00 - 5:00pm AND Part 2 – Thurs., June 11th; 8:30am - 12:00pm
(All are welcome but please pre-register & plan to attend both parts)
To register, please click here.
Having a mentor has long been cited as one of the most influential means of leadership development and advancement. Achieving positive mentoring outcomes requires attention to the mentoring relationship itself. The EPP Leadership Council is sponsoring this workshop to provide potential mentors in the EPP Section with the knowledge, skills and tools to form positive mentoring relationships with mentees.  
Led by senior consultants Carolyna Smiley-Marquez and Laurie Hunt, the workshop will provide: (a) An understanding of what it means to be a mentor and/or mentee in the field of environmental and public policy mediation; (b) Guidelines for optimal matching between mentors and mentees including mutual benefits and challenges for cross-difference matches as well as overcoming perceived obstacles; (c) A model for creating mentor-mentee relationship agreements including setting expectations, identifying realistic mutual goals and establishing ground rules and boundaries for the relationship; and, (d) Experiential exercises for creating connection and positivity, understanding cultural/stylistic differences to appreciate diverse approaches to leadership and mentoring, and providing bi-directional feedback
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, May 20, 2009
For more information please contact Rob Williams at rwilliams@merid.org