UT Program on Collaboration

Utah Program on Collaboration

Environmental and natural resource (ENR) issues are ecologically, politically, culturally, and emotionally complex. Not only do they often 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 the greater mountain west as a way for involved parties to work through conflict and identify and implement creative and effective solutions for ENR issues. To help advance collaborative problem-solving around ENR issues throughout Utah, the Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program, in coordination with The Langdon Group, has developed the 3-part Utah Program on Collaboration.

To become a Program on Collaboration sponsor, please contact Danya Rumore.

Forum on Collaboration

Held every other year, the Forum on Collaboration brings together high-level leaders from state and federal agencies currently engaged in complex environmental and natural resource projects in Utah to explore current challenges and opportunities for collaboration through peer-to peer learning, networking, and exchanging resources.

The first Forum on Collaboration on November 19, 2015, brought together nearly 40 high-level representatives from 25 state and federal agencies. For more information about the 2015 Forum, please see the below resources:

The second Forum on Collaboration was held on December 13, 2017, and brought together a similarly diverse range of high-level representatives from state and federal agencies. For more information about the 2017 Forum, please see the below resources:

We anticipate hosting our next Forum on Collaboration in fall 2019. For more information about our Forum on Collaboration, please contact edrprogram@law.utah.edu.

Dialogues on Collaboration

Held twice a year, our Dialogues on Collaboration provide a broad cross-section of ENR stakeholders with opportunities for networking, education and training, and ongoing sharing of collaboration best practices and lessons learned. We have held many successful Dialogues at the S.J. Quinney College of Law:

Dialogues are free and open to the public, although space is limited and registration is required.

Please contact us at edrprogram@law.utah.edu if you would like to receive information about future Dialogues.

Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

The EDR Program teaches an annual six-session Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration. The course teaches 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. Participants put the concepts and skills learned through the course into action in a real-life setting through designing and implementing an ENR collaboration Capstone Project.

Short Course participants acquire:

  • Skills to help them effectively participate in multi-party collaborative processes around ENR issues;
  • Techniques that will help them identify opportunities for progressive collaborative problem-solving processes around ENR issues, as well as skills for convening, facilitating, and sustaining such efforts; and
  • Experience implementing an ENR collaboration effort relevant to the participant’s own work, with the mentorship and guidance of EDR Program staff and peer-to-peer support.

The application period for the 2018 Short Course has passed. The application period for the 2019 Short Course will open in early 2019.

For more information about the Short Course, contact us at edrprogram@law.utah.edu.