The Keystone Center's work in environmental policy ranges from local to international; from two parties with a single issue to complex dialogues involving multiple parties and multiple issues. In every case, our neutral and independent facilitation helps people solve problems and make informed decisions.
We serve as a trusted bridge between those with differing perspectives on a wide array of environmental policy, legislative, and regulatory questions, including: collaborative resource management; ecosystem and watershed management; natural resource protection; water quality and quantity issues; sustainable agriculture; green marketing; transportation; climate change; restoration and remediation; and resource extraction and use (mining, forestry, and sustainable development).
For more information about our environment program, please contact Sarah Alexander.
Featured Environment Projects
Dark Skies and Emerging Technology Conference
August 19-20, 2014 – Flagstaff, AZ
There is a growing interest in the economic and scientific value of dark skies throughout the U.S., particularly in the Southwest, where higher elevations, clear skies, and lower humidity make night viewing more easily accessible. On the Colorado Plateau, vast areas of public lands have seen significant increases in outdoor recreational use and decreases in the use of public lands for ranching and grazing. The area has become increasingly recognized as a world-class region for night sky viewing. In addition, lightless night skies are one of the most significant variables in the location of astronomical observatories and their long term viability depends on continued existence of dark sky conditions.
At the same time, cities, suburbs and communities in the Southwest have witnessed new development on their outskirts that has greatly expanded the use of large-footprint lighting systems. In addition, public lands in remote parts of the Plateau have witnessed increased mining and oil and gas activity, which operates around the clock and often employs extensive lighting. Against this backdrop, new lighting technologies have begun to emerge, and with them best practices for controlling lighting direction, intensity, and spectral breath need to be established.
In response to interest and debate around these issues, The Keystone Center and the Lowell Observatory are jointly convening the Dark Skies Conference, a forum in which a diverse group of participants can share their perspectives, experiences and interests related to dark sky preservation, discuss the associated economic and scientific issues, and explore best practices and the use of new lighting technologies. The conference is planned for August 19-20, 2014 in Flagstaff, AZ and is entitled: Dark Skies and Emerging Technology: Matching Supply to Demand Through Innovation and Opportunity.
Goals and Outcomes
The Conference is an initial attempt to find common ground around which practical solutions can emerge. The Conference will serve first and foremost as a forum to share data and perspectives, exploring issues related to dark skies from multiple perspectives and providing insight into ways these issues have been addressed in other regions through best practices in lighting technology and use, incentives to improve lighting, and model ordinances for retrofitting existing lighting and for new development. This cooperative information-sharing is essential to shared ownership of goals and provides a critical foundation from which to move toward actionable recommendations intended to inform public policies, best management practices, technological advancements, and local solutions. The Keystone Center will prepare a comprehensive report on findings and recommendations from the Conference.
In order to ensure a robust and balanced set of perspectives, the conference will include representation from the dark skies movement as well from those with economic and public interests in night sky lighting – and entities with ancillary interests in between. We will seek representation from:
- Public land management agencies
- Scientists (astronomers and ecologists)
- Outdoor recreation and tourism industry
- Outdoor advertising industry
- Lighting and optics industries
- Extractive industries – mining, oil & gas
- Commercial and residential developers
- Tribal governments
- Military base operations
- Non-governmental organizations
- Local government
More information, including registration information, will be posted here soon.
Honey Bee Health Coalition
The Keystone Center is convening a diverse, multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on improving honey bee health. Keystone is currently conducting an assessment phase to help determine who will be involved as well as the scope, mission, and goals of the Coalition. It is anticipated that participation will come from sectors including crop production, bee keeping, agribusiness, university, NGO, and government. Initial funding for the effort has been provided by Monsanto Company as part of its Clinton Global Initiative Commitment on honey bee health.
Contact: Julie Shapiro