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Colorado Collaborative Leadership Institute

​The Colorado Collaborative Leadership Institute was founded in 2012 by a consortium of local universities. CCLI seeks to increase the collaborative capacity to address local environmental and public policy issues in Colorado and hosts periodic workshops throughout the state on a variety of topics.

November 12-13, 2015 - Glenwood Springs
Collaborative Community Planning Amid Controversy: Siting and Fracking

Colorado's natural resources are facing increasing pressure due to population growth, new technologies, changing climatic conditions, and natural disasters. These pressures make it difficult for community leaders and natural resource managers to protect and manage shared resources for multiple uses.

Concern over Colorado's natural resources sometimes invokes conflict between competing interests, so it is essential to promote civil discourse and informed decision-making in a collaborative environment where fairness, integrity, and responsibility are both expected and rewarded.

Over the last decade, communities have been called upon to respond to competing demands for resource development as well as community well-being. Hydraulic fracturing and the siting of drilling operations provide an excellent case for exploring these tensions. Differences can be engaged productively when stakeholders become more knowledgeable about public issues, communicate in meaningful and effective ways, open the debate to include all stakeholders, and use principled negotiation to settle disagreements. Collaboration is essential to effective community planning and often leads to new approaches and solutions.

This Collaborative Leadership Workshop will provide participants with tools to effectively engage their communities in collaborative discussion and debate that leads to well-informed decisions and greater community involvement in implementation of agreements, especially for contentious issues such as the siting of oil and gas operations.

Workshop Components
  • Skills training in community dialogue and managing contentious meetings
  • Skills training in negotiation
  • Skills training in developing on-going venues for information sharing and learning 
  • Participant dialogue, case studies and success stories
  • Topical field trip to local site​
View a draft agenda for the workshop and the trainer bios​.​

The workshop will be held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center (TBC), in “America’s Most Fun Small Town.”  Family-friendly Glenwood Springs boasts geological wonders such as hot springs, vapor caves, two rivers and a canyon, surrounded by the Rockies. Numerous lodging options are available nearby. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn for a standard rate of $119 on the evenings of Nov. 11 and 12.

125 Wulfsohn Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 928-0900

This hotel is located across the street from the Community Center where the workshop will be taking place each day, eliminating the need for further transportation.  If you are interested in securing this room rate, please call the hotel directly and mention you would like to book within the University of Colorado Denver block.  To guarantee this rate, reservations need to be made no later than Friday, November 6. 

Who Should Attend?
We encourage cross-sector participation from those interested in learning about contentious environmental issues, including representatives from local, state and federal agencies; elected officials; industry representatives; small business-owners; consultants; academicians; representatives of civic and non-governmental conservation organizations; and concerned and active citizens.

Regis​tration and Fees
Participants pay a subsidized workshop tuition rate of $120, which includes materials and breakfast and lunch both days.  Additional costs are covered through donations from sponsoring institutions.  If you have attended these workshops previously, please register as a ‘workshop alum’ for a discounted rate of $100.

Space is limited, so register soon. Please click here to register online.​

More details and directions will be sent with registration.​

Questions and Additional Information
For questions about enrolling in the workshop, please contact:
University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
1380 Lawrence Street #500
Denver, CO 80210
Phone: 303.315.0016

For information: 
Faculty contacts: 
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