Environment: Past Projects
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
The Keystone Policy Center has helped launch four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives since 2010: the Desert, Southern Rockies, Great Plains, and Gulf Coast Prairie. Keystone’s work has included assisting each establish their steering committees and identify science priorities.
Tenderfoot Task Force
Summit County, Colo., and the U.S. Forest Service asked the Keystone Policy Center to convene a task force to deliberate and negotiate issues brought forth in the public comment period of the Environmental Assessment for the Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System. The 21-member Tenderfoot Task Force represented all stakeholder groups with an interest in the future of Tenderfoot Mountain (see the group’s final recommendations for a complete list). The task force considered:
- Potential impacts to the environment, wildlife, fisheries and area cultural sites;
- Potential noise impacts to residents’ property values and quality of life;
- Concerns with the accuracy of the EA’s use estimates;
- Concerns with user conflicts and management and development of the trail system; and
- Concerns with wildfire, and education on, and enforcement of, laws and regulations
The Task Force held seven full-day meetings between March and June 2013 and developed a consensus-based set of final recommendations along with an extensive proactive and adaptive management plan. These were submitted to White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams and will be entered into record as an appendix to the Environmental Assessment.
Moab Master Leasing Plan
Keystone’s extensive outreach and expertise resulted in two reports, one issued in June 2014 reflecting input from seven public meetings and one issued in August 2014 summarizing feedback from a statewide summit on a draft Mule Deer strategy and laying out seven strategic priorities.
Green Products Roundtable
The complexity of “what makes a product green?” and the proliferation of eco-labels and green product claims has created considerable market confusion and, some would argue, an impasse to further progress toward sustainability. In response, several robust efforts have been underway in recent years, seeking to: (1) build the scientific foundation for greening products, (2) assist manufacturers in measuring and communicating their progress, and (3) engage and train buyers on how to use their purchasing power to realize environmental and public health goals. However, the lack of a central, organizing effort to strategically align these efforts toward mutual goals, and to fill key gaps in tools and guidance, reflected a missing link in truly transforming the market toward a more sustainable economy.
In an effort to confront this problem, the Keystone Policy Center facilitated the Green Products Roundtable, a stakeholder group comprised of approximately 35 members representing different perspectives, including manufacturers, retailers, purchasers, distributers, certifiers, and other experts and thought leaders. The five-year dialogue’s work advanced product sustainability by providing leadership and guidance to improve the decision-making capabilities of product manufacturers, institutional buyers, businesses, and consumers. Keystone played an important incubating role for this initiative, enabling it to gain traction and momentum. In 2012 the Green Products Roundtable launched as an independent entity, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, which focuses on guidance and leadership recognition in sustainable procurement.