College of Law


Annual Symposium

The Wallace Stegner Center annually holds a symposium during spring semester on an environmental or natural resources topic of regional, national, and international importance. The symposium is interdisciplinary in nature, and includes speakers from the sciences and social sciences, academia, government, industry, and the legal profession.

Through the symposia and other programs, the Stegner Center has brought numerous luminaries to the College of Law, including Bruce Babbitt, Sally Jewell, Wendell Berry, Helen Caldicott, Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Pat Mulroy, Naomi Oresekes, Lynn Scarlett, George Schaller, Michael Soule, Sandra Steingraber, Lawrence Susskind, Rebecca Watson, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Eric Freyfogle, John Leshy, Patty Limerick, Pamela Matson, Zygmunt Plater, Robert V. Percival, Joe Sax, Paul Schullery, Alan Weisman, and Charles Wilkinson among others.

The R. Harold Burton Foundation was the founding donor for the symposium in 1996 and has been the principal donor each year. Other donors who have provided support for multiple years include the Cultural Vision Fund, Chevron, the Nature Conservancy in Utah, and ABA SEER.

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Wallace Stegner Center 29th Annual Symposium

The Renewable Energy Transition: Building a Bright Future  | March 14-15, 2024

The Stegner Center’s 29th annual symposium will focus on the challenge of transitioning to a carbon-neutral energy system and related sustainability, environmental, and human health concerns. The symposium will address practical questions, like facility siting, transmission, critical mineral development, and permitting reform, as well as concerns about environmental justice, public participation and transparency, and implementing meaningful strategies to avoid, reduce and minimize impacts to communities and ecological resources.

The Renewable Energy Transition: Building a Bright Future
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Past Symposia

Twenty-eighth Annual Symposium, 2023

The Future of the Great Salt Lake
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Twenty-seventh Annual Symposium, 2022

The Colorado River Compact: Navigating the Future
Postcard | Video Archive

Twenty-sixth Annual Symposium, 2021

The Plastics Paradox: Societal Boon or Environmental Bane?
Postcard | Video Archive

Twenty-fifth Annual Symposium, 2020

Food and the Environment: Resilient and Equitable Food Security for the West
Brochure | Video Archive

Twenty-fourth Annual Symposium, 2019

Recreation Challenges on Public Lands
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Twenty-third Annual Symposium, 2018

Public Lands in a Changing West
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Twenty-second Annual Symposium, 2017

Water in the West
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Twenty-first Annual Symposium, 2016

Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions
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Twentieth Annual Symposium, 2015

Air Quality: Health, Energy and Economics
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Nineteenth Annual Symposium, 2014

National Parks: Past, Present and Future
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Eighteen Annual Symposium, 2013

Religion, Faith and the Environment
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Seventeenth Annual Symposium, 2012

Silent Spring at 50: The Legacy of Rachel Carson
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Sixteenth Annual Symposium, 2011

Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century
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Fifteenth Annual Symposium, 2010

The Challenge of Sustainability
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Fourteenth Annual Symposium, 2009

Wallace Stegner: His Life and Legacy
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Thirteenth Annual Symposium, 2008

Alternative Energy: Seeking Climate Change Solutions
Brochure | Video Archive

Twelfth Annual Symposium, 2007

The Colorado River Compact in the 21st Century: Time for Change?
Brochure | Video Archive

Eleventh Annual Symposium, 2006

Global Climate Change: The Arctic to the Rocky Mountain West
Brochure | Video Archive

Tenth Annual Symposium, 2005

Private Property and Nature Conservation: Land Ownership in the 21st Century

Ninth Annual Symposium, 2004

Wilderness: Preserving Nature in a Political World

Eighth Annual Symposium, 2003

The Nuclear West: Legacy and Future

Seventh Annual Symposium, 2002

Seventh Annual Symposium, 2002
Powell and Stegner: Fifty Years After The Hundredth Meridian

Sixth Annual Symposium, 2001

Metropolitan Growth: From Regional Visions to Real Results

Fifth Annual Symposium, 2000

The Presidency and the Environment: The Twentieth Century and Beyond

Fourth Annual Symposium, 1999

Where the Rivers Flow: Sharing Watersheds and Boundaries

Third Annual Symposium, 1998

Exploring Aldo Leopold’s Legacy: The Land Ethic and the American West in the 21st Century

Second Annual Symposium, 1997

To Cherish and Renew: Restoring Western Ecosystems and Communities

First Annual Symposium, 1996

The Native Home of Hope: Community, Ecology and the West