Archives by Tag 'natural resource and land use planning'
CONCUR Principal Scott McCreary served on the Closing Plenary Panel of the Year 2012 (Seventh National) USIECR Conference on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (ECCR), “Working Across Boundaries“, on May 24, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Fellow panelists included David Batson of USEPA’s Office of Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Ona Ferguson of CBI, and Dick Lefever [...]
CONCUR Senior Associate Bennett Brooks teamed with Consensus Building Institute Senior Associate Ona Ferguson to co-facilitate the Summit to Build Urban Coastal Resilience in New York, a day-long dialogue focused on identifying opportunities for increasing coastal resilience in New York State’s urban areas. The meeting, held October 5, 2011, at the New York Academy [...]
CONCUR Principal Scott McCreary and Senior Associate Bennett Brooks designed and led a training course in Mutual Gains Bargaining for the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, a 16-member consortium devoted to the dual goals of protecting ocean ecosystems and ensuring a long-term seafood supply.
The focus of the training was to impart and practice skills that [...]
CONCUR Senior Associate Bennett Brooks facilitated a ground-breaking meeting that brought together more than 100 leading agriculture, anti-hunger, public health and environmental advocates to better understand each other’s interests related to the 2012 Farm Bill and identify opportunities for possible future collaboration. The two-day meeting, referred to as Healthy Farms, Healthy People: A [...]
CONCUR Senior Associate Bennett Brooks facilitated a one-day retreat exploring the potential for a diverse set of national stakeholders to build a coalition around the 2012 Farm Bill reauthorization. The January 2011 retreat, held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, brought together 30 public health, agriculture, environmental and anti-hunger leaders interested [...]
Two CONCUR Projects Move Toward Implementation: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement and Southern California MPAs
We at CONCUR like to take on key roles in controversial large-scale, high stakes projects and programs, helping parties find a viable “solution space” and moving projects towards implementation. In December, two projects where we did just that hit major milestones. One involves what will be the largest deep bore tunnel in the [...]
Between August and October 2010, CONCUR Principal Scott McCreary convened a phased dialogue focusing on improving land use decision-making for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. The dialogue, supported by the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation, focused in particular on identifying and strengthening concrete commitments to Gorge resource protection and management.
The Gorge, a stunning natural resource [...]
CONCUR Principal Scott McCreary and Associate Rebecca Tuden teamed with conveners from The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread to facilitate a three-day workshop among 27 leading grant-making organizations involved in national and regional water resource efforts. The meeting was convened from January 13 – 15, 2010 at The Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin. Participants in the [...]
CONCUR has prepared a new fact sheet focused on our watershed planning experience and expertise (download PDF).
Watershed planning touches on a broad range of issues including local land use policies, stream protection concerns, restoration goals, flood control, and water quality. The planning framework can be transboundary and address implications for climate [...]
On Sunday August 16, The Sacramento Bee published an Op-Ed piece by CONCUR Principals John Gamman and Scott McCreary that puts forward a strategy for preventing solar, wind energy and other climate change-focused projects from getting mired in avoidable conflicts. The piece offers an assessment of the source of the potential conflicts and then [...]