John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution

In 1998, Congress amended the Udall Foundation’s enabling legislation to establish the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, now called the John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution, as part of the Udall Foundation to provide impartial collaboration, consensus-building, and conflict resolution services. Our work enhances multiparty problem solving and decision-making by helping parties work together, build a shared understanding of issues, address concerns, and develop strong outcomes. We focus on a wide range of environmental, natural resources, and public lands issues involving the Federal Government.

What We Do

The U.S. Institute guides groups through collaborative processes to achieve science-based decision-making, collaborative policy, and other lasting outcomes. Our work ranges from assessments, to creating collaborative environments, and facilitating solutions. Some of our specific services include consultations, assessments, process design, convening, mediation, facilitation, training, stakeholder engagement, Tribal consultation, and other related collaboration and conflict resolution activities. The U.S. Institute specializes in providing assistance with the following:

  • Nationally and regionally important environmental challenges;
  • Multiparty high-conflict cases where an impartial Federal convener is needed to broker participation in a collaborative process or conflict resolution effort;
  • Collaborative efforts involving Tribes and Native people, including government-to-government consultation between Tribes and Federal agencies;
  • Interagency and interdepartmental collaborations;
  • Issues involving multiple levels of government (Federal, State, Local, Tribal) and the public;
  • Issues that require substantive expertise (e.g., NEPA, transportation infrastructure projects, endangered species, cultural resources); and
  • Projects that require funding from multiple agencies and/or private organizations.
Benefits of Environmental Conflict Resolution
Efficiency Cost savings, timely process, minimizes litigation
Outcomes Better, more durable solutions
Governance Increase capacity to serve citizens
work by region

Since 1999, the U.S. Institute has provided services in every state.

Tucson Office Contact

Brian Manwaring, Director, National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution
(520) 901-8529

DC Office Contact

Stephanie Kavanaugh, Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution
(202) 540-1041