Events & Resources

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Virtual Community Workshop

Who is Accountable to Whom? Decolonizing Conflict Resolution and Collaboration

Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm PT

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Join Maria Doerr, 2020 winner of the Rob Williams Award for Emerging Environment and Public Policy Leader for a community workshop and confidential and honest dialogue about who holds the power in collaboration-driven process. Who is Accountable to Whom? Decolonizing conflict resolution and collaboration will explore how to leverage our own agency with funders/clients to better center communities and create authentic solutions.  This FREE workshop is open to individuals regardless of membership in the Association for Conflict Resolution or the Environment & Public Policy Section of ACR.


   2020 Reflections: Collaboration within Public Health and Environmental Justice

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12:30-2pm ET

2020 continues to be a challenging year with an ongoing pandemic, greater reckoning in racial justice, increasing urgency in climate impacts, and ongoing environmental decision-making and policy challenges. For EPP practitioners in collaboration and conflict resolution, we are challenged in this moment to see the interconnections in our work to public health and environmental justice. How do these topics intersect with public policy and environmental decision-making? What can we learn from this year to strengthen our work and interdisciplinary understandings going forward? Please join us for this important webinar discussion!

Moderated by Lauren Nutter, EPP Leadership Council member

Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll, Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy and Management & American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; Associate Director, Native Nations Institute; Director, Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance

Krti Tallam, Stanford PhD student focusing on trans-disciplinary marine eco-epidemiology

Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health; Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH)

Flyer: 2020 Reflections Collaboration within Public Health and Environmental Justice

Registration required: Registration link


   Trust Building and Collective Healing in Environmental Justice Communities

   Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (US & Canada)

This webinar will explore the role of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners in building trust when working on environment and public policy issues, in particular with communities working for environmental justice. In addition, due to the long history of racism, injustice, and segregation these communities have faced, it is also important to explore the role of collective healing. ADR practitioners can help these communities design collaborative, inclusive, and transparent processes that can advance social justice and promote healing. As part of this we will explore the notion “neutrality” and the importance of the work outside of the room to equitably assess needs and understand perspectives.

Panelist: Omar Muhammad, Chet A. Kibble Sr., Kamita Gray
Moderators: Sara Omar, Sheryl Good, Gina Cerasani

Registration required: Registration Link 


    EPP: Then, Now and Next?

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020  from 1 - 3 pm ET

Conflict and collaboration specialists are vital in this brave new world. This interactive webinar explores how THIS world, right now, relates to the world captured by the EPP Member surveys (2013, 2019), just months ago. Our field makes slow and steady progress, both in practice and in public understanding of our work and its value. Yet, we are still a pretty well-kept secret in many sectors undergoing dramatic transformation. At times, we even lack a common language to describe our shared community of practice.

It seems a fitting topic and good place to start our collective effort to navigate this new world. We will gather to explore several questions:

  • How has the pandemic AND the global protests for racial equity transformed our work, from even 6 months ago, if at all?
  •  What is it that we ALL do, that is needed NOW and in the FUTURE?
  • Can this moment bring into sharper focus our shared identity, purpose, and essential function?
  • How might EPP help us all let the world know what we do and why it matters?

This discussion will inform the work of a PR/Communications professional who will help brand, message and market our work and worth to underserved sectors, potential clients and diverse practitioners. So, please join us as we learn about what is “shaking” and “breaking-open” in new ways in your world and what that means for our EPP community.

Presenters: Marina A. Piscolish, Ph.D. of MAPping Change, LLC
Deb Kleinman, MPH, of Lupine Collaborative LLC

Registration information is available to members through the ACR member platform and the EPP e-newsletter.


What Does a Community Activist Look for in an Environmental Conflict Resolution Practitioner?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3 pm ET

The webinar will be a conversation with Luis Olmedo Velez, Executive Director at Comite Civico del Valle, and Stephanie Lucero, Senior Program Manager at Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution about their experiences dealing with the complexities of environmental conflict resolution and the role of a facilitator working with EJ community activists.

Moderator: Sara Omar, Kearns & West

The audio recording is available to ACR members through the member platform.

ACR Environment and Public Policy Section Networking Happy Hour!

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Urbana Dining & Drinks (2121 P Street NW, Washington D.C. 20037)
Price: Beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided
RSVP: Eventbrite link

The Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section is pleased to invite you to an evening of professional networking with other practitioners in conflict resolution and environment and public policy. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 5:00-7:30 pm at Urbana Dining & Drinks (2121 P Street NW, Washington D.C. 20037). Beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP for the event on EventBrite.

The purpose of the event is to meet and network with practitioners in the field of conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation, collaborative governance, civic engagement, and policy development. For any questions, you may contact Valerie Puleo, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (

“But Your Truth Is Wrong!” – A Roundtable on Managing Disagreements Over Facts or Beliefs

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
RSVP: Event Facebook Page

The Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section is pleased to invite you to an evening of discussion and professional networking. The event, co-hosted by the University of Denver Conflict Resolution Institute, will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (Sie 5025 Maglione Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO).

The purpose of the event is to meet and network with practitioners in the field of conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation, collaborative governance, civic engagement, and policy development. In addition to the opportunity for professional networking, we will also engage participants in a riveting discussion about the role of alternative facts and differing belief systems. The event organizers will provide hypothetical case examples in which participants differed widely in their views regarding the “facts” of an issue, followed by a roundtable discussion regarding different approaches that practitioners may use to increase alignment and reach common ground.

For more information, please see the flier or visit the Event Facebook Page. For any questions, you may contact Diana Portner, Meridian Institute (

We look forward to the opportunity to connect!


Supporting Respectful and Meaning Discussions on Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, April 3, 2019  10:30 am- 12:00 pm PDT/ 1:30-3:00 pm EDT

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), or indigenous knowledge (IK), is becoming more and more recognized in environmental decision-making and collaborative discussions, including land and wildlife management, natural resources quality standards, planning, impact analysis and assessment, and climate change. The incorporation of this traditional and indigenous knowledge in decision-making requires collaboration and coordination with the indigenous communities who understand, advocate and live with this knowledge. The collaborative work and processes needed to develop these partnerships with indigenous communities comes with its own types of considerations in terms of planning, preparation, and topics that arise in forging these discussions.

Our panel shares some understanding of TEK or IK, what are the basic considerations to incorporating this knowledge into collaborative dialogues, and how best prepare for and support those discussions with respect and understanding. Panelists will focus on the challenges in these cross-cultural discussions and possible dynamics or considerations to anticipate.

Participants of the webinar will leave with a greater understanding of TEK and IK, as well as tools, considerations, and resources to working collaboratively with Native Nations and Agencies when TEK comes into the discussions.

Panelists: (in alphabetical order)

  • Linda Belton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Milton Bluehouse, JR (Navajo), Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
  • Micah McCarty (Makah) Board of Directors Flowerhill Institute

Moderator: Stephanie Lucero, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR)

EPP Events at ACR's October 2018 Conference

This year’s annual ACR conference is coming up soon – October 2 - 6 in Pittsburgh, PA! For those who will be there, we wanted to alert you to several events that the EPP section has put together:

* How to Become an EPP Practitioner:  The Straight and Winding Path (Wed, Oct 3, 11:00 – 12:30, Thompson Room) – Tamra Pearson d’Estrée, Dana Goodson, Eric Poncelet, Marina Piscolish, and Tanya Denckla Cobb. We put this panel together based on interest from last year’s conference. We will be sharing our experiences of getting into the field with those who may be interested in becoming practitioners. Please join us to share your own experiences and insights, and bring along an ADR colleague who you think would make a great EPP practitioner!

* Networking & Storytelling Event (Wed, Oct 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Vincents of Greentree) – The section has planned an epic networking and live storytelling event modeled on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour, just minutes from the conference venue! Join us for free food, one free drink, good company, and surprising tales from the field! More details are in the flyer.

* Environment and Public Policy Section Meeting (Thurs, Oct 4, 12:15 – 1:50, Foster Room) – Please grab your lunch and join your EPP section colleagues for a discussion of takeaways from our recent EPP Community Mapping & Strategic Planning survey, as well as section priorities for the coming year.

Please be sure to check your ACR conference program for additional EPP-related panels and for any updates.

Federal ECCR Benefits & Recommendations Report

Statement on Violence

Networking Reception hosted by ACR EPP & Meridian Institute

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Meridian Institute, 1800 M Street, NW, Suite 400N, Washington, DC
Price: Free! Beer, wine, and light appetizers will be provided!
RSVP: Eventbrite link

Who is invited? This event seeks to bring together individuals active in the fields of environment and public policy - including practitioners in collaborative problem solving, government agency staff, students and academic researchers, and anyone else interested in approaches to conflict resolution in the environment and public policy sphere.

We look forward to the opportunity to connect!


Designing Collaborative Governance Regimes with Kirk Emerson and Tina Nabatchi (Webinar Recording)

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern

Collaboration is a fact of life, particularly in the context of public matters and issues. While a lot is known about the process of collaboration and the need for conflict management skills, little attention has been given to the design and management of cross-boundary collaborative systems. In this interactive webinar, Kirk Emerson and Tina Nabatchi will draw on their recent book, Collaborative Governance Regimes, which won ACR’s 2017 Sharon Pickett award, to address several questions:

  • What kinds of collaborative governance regimes (CGRs) exist, and what are the benefits and challenges of each?
  • How can practitioners best design CGRs to meet their needs?

What potential pitfalls should they contemplate and plan to address during the management of CGRs?

Registration and Additional Information

Equity and Diversity Documents

Equity, Diversity, and Barriers to the Field of Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution White Paper (PDF)

Summary of the Equity, Diversity, and Barriers to the Field of Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution White Paper (PDF)

ACR EPP Diversity and Equity Survey Results Now Available Here


Confronting Pressing Needs with a View to Far Horizons

Date: Thursday, May 18, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern

Panel: Bernie Mayer and Gail Bingham, facilitated by Larry Schooler

Webinar Description: Today, many who deal with environmental issues feel a sense of urgency. Those holding power see a need to act quickly  to repair a regulatory system out of balance. Those representing traditional “green” interests see a need to act quickly to repair an Earth out of    balance. Everywhere, there are signs of haste, alarm, or reflex action. But reflex and reaction often complicate conflict. How do we, as conflict        professionals, create constructive conversations under these circumstances? In the present climate —

• How do we foster interactions so that people can engage productively?
• How do we assist emerging stakeholders groups to manage their own internal conflicts?
• How do we keep our eyes on the horizon and build long-term, sustainable mechanisms to deal with environmental conflicts?

Additional Information

Critical Issue Papers

In October 2001, Terry Amsler of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation first approached us about involving the Environment Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in the Foundation’s rethinking of its Conflict Resolution Program. Specifically, would this Section and its nearly 400 members consider the meaning of environment and public policy practice and the impact of the field within the context of public participation, deliberative democracy, and transparency between citizens and their governments?

Diversity Discussion

A summary of ideas about possible explorations and actions on the subject of diversity, as discussed at the Mid-Year Section Conference, May 1999 in Keystone, Colorado.

Ethical Guidance for EPP members Sept 2011

Spectrum of Processes for Collaboration and Consensus-Building in Public Decisions

Spectrum (PDF) developed by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of Collaboration and Consensus on Public Issues.

National Parks Conservation Association Partnership Report

NPCA Partnership Report (PDF)