From Question to Connection: Building Bridges with Appreciative Inquiry

By Barbara E. Lewis for Now more than ever, those of us who practice community engagement are acutely aware of how polarized ”the publics” have become. More and more, people connect with others who are like them, gather information from sources that confirm their values, and participate by checking a box or posting a […]

So Little Time, So Much to Read: Conflict Management Blogs I Follow

By Michele Straube It’s class prep time in academia, and I’ve been looking through my “new topics” collection to update my Conflict Management lesson plans. It quickly became apparent that there are a few blogs and listservs that are my “go-to” reading on communication, negotiation and conflict management skills, and collaborative process best practices. I’ll […]

EDR Year in Review (American Bar Association report)

By Andrew Ognibene The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (ABA-SEER) publishes an annual ADR Year in Review report, which includes notable case law relevant to the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in environmental cases, case studies of multi-party environmental disputes, and other emerging developments in environmental dispute resolution. By way […]

Going Fossil Free Collaboratively

by Katherine Daly and Kailey Kornhauser for On May 2, the University of Utah made steps to join more than 30 colleges and universities that have pulled investments in fossil fuels since 2011. The University’s Academic Senate passed a resolution calling on University administrators to “strategically” divest from fossil fuels over the next five […]

Adaptive Governance: Collaboration and Then Some

by Robin Kundis Craig for Many environmental problems, especially if they are grounded in natural resource use, face the governance challenge of changing conditions. Those transformations might occur in the natural resource or ecosystem itself—the result, for example, of over-use, invasive species, drought, sea-level rise, or climate change. However, changes can also occur in […]

Facilitation… or Something More?

By Patrick Field So what is different about facilitation by seasoned environmental conflict resolution (ECR) practitioners? After all, there are countless individuals, small organizations, and staff within large environmental, architecture, and engineering firms who claim they can run meetings. Isn’t facilitation just managing time, summarizing on flip charts, and tracking action items? Clearly, most facilitators […]

The Value of Iterative NEPA and Collaboration

By David Loomis & Jay Strand “Iterative and collaborative design are complementary, as at each increment various stakeholders are consulted. These methods do not map easily to the policy maze and institutional hierarchies that currently make up the apparatus of . . . planning.” – Anil Bawa-Cavia In 1970, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy […]

Forget Me Not: An Overview of the Right to Remove or Protect Personal Information

By Travis Walker for BiolawToday blog This spring faculty from the Center for Law and Biomedicine[1] at the S.J. Quinney College of Law discussed a new and important concept – the right to be forgotten. Professors Jorge L. Contreras[2] and Leslie Francis[3] presented on data use and how the law should respond. The CLE[4] addressed […]

Spotlight on the Bench to Bedside Competition

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday blog. On Wednesday, April 8th, the Center of Medical Innovation hosted the 5th annual Bench to Bedside Competition Night. As the patent fellows for the Center of Medical Innovation, Michelle Kevern and I were able to help six Bench to Bedside teams in drafting and filing provisional patent applications. We […]

Mow Mow Mow Your Lawn, But Not on High Ozone Days

By the Green Team  Who knew that your gasoline-powered lawnmower (or leafblower) is as much a part of our summertime air pollution problem as your gasoline-powered vehicle? On Earth Day, the Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality announced a lawnmower discount and exchange event, at which electric lawnmowers would be available for a discounted price. But […]