Scott McCreary

Scott McCreary

Dr. Scott McCreary is President and Managing Principal at CONCUR Inc, serving as senior facilitator and mediator. He specializes in multiparty deliberations involving water supply and quality, marine resources, land use, species protection, air quality, climate change, renewable energy and other complex natural resource issues. As a facilitator, he focuses on finding effective ways to bring research and analysis environmental decision making processes—a specialty developed at UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and doctoral work at MIT and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. He has strong dual experience in natural science and public policy and in the full range of facilitation and mediation techniques. Building on 32 years of work as an environmental planner and 25 years of experience as a facilitator and mediator, Scott has facilitated deliberations among diverse agencies, businesses, community groups, and conservation organizations. Scott has lead over 100 projects for CONCUR, ranging from site-specific cases to federal regulations to broad policy initiatives that span multiple states and international transboundary regions.  He often consults with government agencies and colleague organizations on process design for complex environmental cases.   He recently co-taught the UC Berkeley graduate course: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Global Analysis and Regional Response.

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Articles and Video:

CONCUR case in just-published book: Joint Fact Finding in Urban and Environmental Planning Disputes (12/09/16)
The article describes CONCUR's Chapter in the book: Desalination in California: The California Coastal Commission Poseidon Joint Fact Finding Process” and provides insight into this JFF process by highlighting quotes from participants involved in the case.

Leveraging an Early Joint Fact Finding Effort to Propel Use of the Approach and Improve Ocean Health (12/02/16)
This article tells the story of a collaborative effort between the Bodega Marine Lab, and CONCUR principal Scott McCreary (then an MIT PhD student), and top research scientists in their efforts to ban tributyltin in the United States in the early 1980's.

Creating Stable Agreements in Marine Policy (03/04/16)
Marine Protected Areas are frequently developed in consultation with the full range of stakeholders. Without proper process design, the agreements are not stable. This article details the challenges encountered in the stakeholder process to design Marine Protected Areas in Southern California.

Avoiding the Next Generation of Climate Change Conflicts (10/04/09)
America's move toward an environmental friendly future and green economy is being challenged by an unexpected source: a decision making process that too often pits the concerns of local communities and conservationists against renewable energy developers. Industrial-sized solar and wind projects needed to reach carbon reduction goals and new transmission line corridors to be part of the Smart Grid are being opposed by many communities, resulting in political stalemate. The traditional command and control regulatory process is unable to deal with this complexity. This article puts forward a strategy for resolving political conflicts related to solar, wind energy and transmission line projects.