Wallace Stegner Center Lecture – Robin Kundis Craig

The End of Sustainability: Learning to Live with the Trickster in Natural Resources Management 12:15-1:30 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom, (Level 6) The time has come for us to collectively reexamine—and ultimately move past—the concept of sustainability in environmental and natural resources law and management. The continued invocation of sustainability in policy […]

Stegner Green Bag – Brenda B. Bowen

Dynamics of the Changing Bonneville Salt Flats   12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6) The Bonneville Salt Flats is a vast perennial salt pan in northwest Utah that is sensitive to variations in rain, wind, evaporation, groundwater flux, and land use. The ephemeral BLM-managed landscape is valued for land-speed racing […]

Wallace Stegner Center Lecture – Gregory Meehan

Thank You Fossil Fuels and Good Night 12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6) Products, technology, and even basic ways of doing things inescapably adhere to a life cycle, no different than nature.  Our massive dependence on fossil fuels must then necessarily run its course, not because stocks of petroleum will […]

Taking the Leap: A Collaborative Process – and Life! — Journey

By Theresa Jensen for EDRBlog.org Have you ever stood on the edge of a new beginning, noticing all of those excited anxious squiggly feelings dancing around inside . . . and then . . . jumped? That’s what I experienced as I waited for my plane to take off to a new life and job […]

A Cow Runs Through It: Reflections on 20+ Years as an Environmental Mediator

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org.  I realized recently that my projects involved cows at the beginning, middle and end of my career, and a squishy stress toy named Consensus Cow has become my go-to mediation / facilitation tool in the past year.  A random coincidence, no doubt, but a good reason for Consensus Cow to […]

Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times

By Griffin Smith for EDRBlog.org People being viciously attacked—verbally and physically—just because they are a certain race, ethnicity, religion, or simply trying to fly war torn countries. Vitriol flying back and forth across social media. Friends, neighbors, and even family members that no longer speak to each other because of how they voted in the […]

A Need—and an Opportunity—for Leadership

By Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org In every challenge, there is an opportunity. There is no doubt that we live in challenging times. One need only read the national or local news to find multiple examples of societal frustration, political turmoil, ideological divides, environmental degradation, and numerous other challenges. The question is: how do we leverage […]

Ruple interviewed on RadioWest about Interior Secretary’s recommendations for Bears Ears

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor John Ruple was interviewed KUER’s RadioWest show about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report to the White House on recommendations for Bears Ears National Monument. Listen to the full show here »

I’ll See You in Court: Litigation and Collaborative Land Management

By Ian Summers for EDRBlog.org Litigation over public land management has become a contentious topic in recent news. Industry groups and ranchers are pressuring the new Congress and Administration to end what they deem “abusive” litigation tactics used by environmental groups against grazing and other federal land projects involving the private sector.  It’s within this […]

The Future of Indian Water Rights in the West

By Nils Lofgren for EDRBlog.org Water is an important and essential commodity for people living in the western United States today. Water is just as important for Indians living on reservation lands in the western states. As the importance of water increases a new trend has begun in the west, Indian tribes are creating settlements […]