U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

ECR in the Federal Government

In 1998, Congress amended the Udall Foundation’s enabling legislation to establish the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) as part of the Foundation to assist the federal government in implementing section 101 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4331) by providing assessment, mediation, and other related services to resolve environmental disputes involving agencies and instrumentalities of the United States.

“With the magnitude of environmental challenges facing the nation, coupled with the need for careful stewardship of tax dollars and budgets, all Federal departments and agencies should leverage environmental collaboration and conflict management approaches to minimize and resolve environmental conflicts.” - Executive Office of the President – Office of Management and Budget and Council on Environmental Quality – 2012 Memorandum of Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

The U.S. Institute’s Role

The U.S. Institute helps federal agencies and their partners address environmental issues, disputes, or conflicts through programs that provide facilitation, collaboration, and conflict resolution activities and services. Examples include