Energy, Environment, and Climate 2017-11-21T15:49:06+00:00

Energy, Environment, and Climate

Keystone Policy Center helps stakeholders promote resilient ecosystems and communities; foster next-generation solutions as we transition to new energy and environmental paradigms; and ensure sustainable use and equitable access to natural resources and energy systems. By 2050, the world population is expected to reach more than 9 billion, straining water, energy, and land resources. At the same time, the planet may surpass a two-degree Celsius increase over pre-industrial benchmarks. These and other changes present new challenges, requiring collaborative, novel approaches to our shared natural resources and energy systems.

Keystone has a long history of addressing these challenges, working in and at the intersection of energy, environmental, and climate issues. Keystone teams of subject matter and process experts help stakeholders identify innovative solutions to the fundamental challenges of our existing and future environment. Keystone design flexible and adaptive strategies with stakeholders from the nonprofit, government, grassroots, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, facilitating the organizational relationships and political conditions needed to respond to complex problems.

Learn more about our featured projects below and review our past energy and environment work.

Featured Projects

Keystone Energy Board

The Keystone Energy Board is a long-standing forum for representatives across the energy sector to learn about and discuss current energy issues and examine the linkages among energy, environmental and economic policies.

The Board is comprised of roughly 55 individuals who represent different perspectives on energy policy, including people with energy policy expertise from industry, technology, environment, consumer advocacy, and state and federal government. Learn More

Next 100 Coalition

Keystone is providing policy insights and facilitation in support of the Next 100 Coalition — a broad-based effort to ensure our public lands are engaging and serving all segments of the American people. The Coalition brings together leaders from faith-based, civil rights, community, and environmental justice groups to establish a more inclusive approach to management of our nation’s parks and public lands over the next 100 years. Keystone is supporting the Coalition’s efforts to work constructively with land management agencies, environmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the public, to include perspectives from an increasingly diverse national constituency in the policies, workforce, and culture of those organizations. Learn More

Planning the Grid of the Future

Investment in our electricity grid has not kept pace with the changes in state and federal policies, rapidly evolving generation and demand-side technologies, or the need for a more resilient electricity delivery system. To confront these issues and lay the groundwork for a better transmission system, the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative launched a groundbreaking stakeholder process to study the eastern U.S. energy resources and transmission system.

The Keystone Policy Center managed this important stakeholder process and public outreach, which spanned 41 eastern states, Canadian provinces, and 24 planning authorities. Keystone’s involvement was essential to helping stakeholders with divergent views and unique regional interests to develop consensus-based recommendations. Learn More

Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue

By 2040, Colorado is projected to experience an approximately 70 percent increase in population and with it an assumed substantial increase in demand for water by municipalities and industry. In the semi-arid climate of the West with limited water supplies, this increase in demand will result in a well-known and pressing water-supply gap and problem for the future of Colorado. Keystone Policy Center led the Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue in its exploration of whether, and if so to what degree, the integration of water and land use planning can be utilized to reduce water demand from the development and re-development associated with the projected population increase. Learn More

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Given the essential role Lake Huron plays in Michigan and beyond, Keystone partnered with the EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to conduct four, one-day regional meetings during Spring 2015 to discuss restoration progress in the lake’s basin. The meetings also allowed community stakeholders and others to present the good work underway to restore the health of the lake and to hear plans for developing the binational Lake Huron Lakewide Action and Management Plan. Keystone’s work resulted in an extensive report outlining current restoration efforts and opportunities for future collaboration.

GeoPolicy Connect Event

Keystone partnered with the American Geophysical Union to host its inaugural GeoPolicy Connect event focused on hydraulic fracturing and collaborative strategies to address the use of this method. The event’s conversations focused on better ways to integrate science into public policy making and how collaboration can lead to better outcomes. The event featured speakers ranging from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Forum Director Gail Klapper to Christine McEntee, executive director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union.