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I am writing today to remind EPP Section members that the Leadership Council (LC) is in the process of surveying members for their input on the appropriateness and focus of a set of draft ethical standards for neutrals involved in all processes including mediation, entitled “Ethical Standards for Non-Decision-Making Neutrals.” Please visit the Ethics page of the EPP website and review the document and provide your response to the LC's survey.
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders (ACFS) is soliciting proposals including expressions of interest, statements of qualifications, and cost quotations from highly skilled environmental conflict resolution practitioners (the candidate) with substantial Environmental Conflict Resolution skills to provide independent neutral facilitation services for Governing Board and Committee meetings. The nature of the program includes working with a diverse and large group of stakeholders, along with numerous state and federal agencies with interests in the ACF Basin.
On May 25, the morning after the EPP Conference, a small group of EPP members (and one spouse) rose early to take a run up nearby Sabino Canyon in honor of deceased colleague Rob Williams, who was a dedicated tri-athlete. Laura Sneeringer, recepient of the 2010 Rob Williams Award for Emerging Environment & Public Policy Leaders was among the group. It was a beautiful morning and a fitting way to remember Rob's love of endurance sports (click Read More for photo).
Congress has asked the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to analyze organizational options for establishing a Climate Service at NOAA. This study will be used to inform NOAA's ongoing work on this topic. A critical component of the Academy's study is to identify mechanisms to fully engage stakeholders that could be utilized by a Climate Service to effectively fulfill its mission. Everyone is invited to participate.
For 14 days, beginning on Monday, June 14th, the Academy will host an online dialogue to inform the study, which will be delivered to NOAA, Congress, and the public in September 2010.
Suzanne Orenstein, a well known environmental conflict resolution practitioner and manager, has been named to head the Udall Foundation's new Washington, D.C., office beginning on January 4, 2010. Orenstein’s primary duties will relate to the work of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a major Udall Foundation program.
Greetings: I was honored to be the token Ludite--and one of several EPP standard-bearers-- at a conference convened by USIECR May 6-8 to develop a strategic plan vis the use of technology in Environmental Conflict Resolution. A number of other EPP members participated. I’ll hit on some of the highlights in this post. Starting w/ the (draft) ending: the draft report from the planning session can be viewed at: http://sites.google.com/site/ecrtech2009mtg/draftoutput. If you have an interest in the use of technology in ECR, we encourage you to review the draft and submit comments. The Redlands Institute has developed a an on-line catalog of tech tools: www.spatial.redlands.edu/toolsgallery. Check it out! The catalog's creator--Jordan Henk-- has graciously agreed to let us post a link to the catalog on our EPP site. The Google.maps folks gave a very interesting presentation re how groups are using google.maps. A very powerful tool! And free. For more info: http://earth.google.com/outreach/index.html Much of the discussion at the conference was about how to expand the use of technology.