The William D. Ruckelshaus Institute supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making. The Ruckelshaus Institute is housed within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, whose mission is to advance understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource challenges.
Collaborative Solutions: The Ruckelshaus Institute supports sound, inclusive approaches to environmental conflict resolution by facilitating and convening collaborative processes, offering trainings in collaborative decision making for natural resource professionals, and teaching courses in negotiation theory and practice for UW students. The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources is a yearlong professional development series to train natural resource professionals in negotiation, facilitation, and collaborative processes.
Natural Resource Initiatives: Since 1994, the Ruckelshaus Institute has been producing scientific, technical, and socioeconomic synthesis and analysis on natural resource issues important to Wyoming and the West. Areas of emphasis include maintaining open spaces, mitigating energy development impacts for wildlife, and public and private lands management. The institute also addresses questions related to wildlife, water, and environmental policy.
Science Communication and Outreach: The Ruckelshaus Institute makes research available to stakeholders through accessible publications and by convening conferences on critical natural resource issues. The institute’s biannual magazine, Western Confluence, communicates university research on natural resource questions to a range of environmental and natural resource stakeholders. The institute also offers services in communication, video production, and publishing to help agencies and organizations engage the public on complex natural resource issues.
The University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, established in 2012, promotes research, education, and public engagement around biological diversity in all its forms and on all scales. The institute is a center where scholars and the public convene to expand understanding of biodiversity science and to explore the interplay between human society and the natural world. The Biodiversity Institute fosters conservation of biodiversity by enabling all citizens to participate in scientific discovery.
The goals of the Biodiversity Institute are three-fold: to support research in biodiversity science and its impacts on the environment and society; to provide opportunities for the education of students in the scientific and social aspects of biodiversity; and to engage the public in essential discussions of the value of biological diversity and the consequences of its loss.
Projects include providing grants for biodiversity research and natural history collections support, studying the Berry Center’s green roof as a model for sustainable technology, developing a biodiversity curriculum for the University of Wyoming, publishing a biodiversity atlas series, and building a web portal for citizen biodiversity science in Wyoming, among others.
The Biodiversity Institute also organizes and hosts events including concert series, biodiversity films, art exhibits, expeditions, and speakers.