Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute


The Rocky Mountain West is characterized as much by its vibrant and diverse communities as by its sweeping plains and rugged mountains. The annual Western Places | Western Spaces conference explores the social and development issues facing communities—from large cities to small towns—as well as concerns about managing and preserving our natural heritage.

2022 Western Places | Western Spaces Conference

Growth & Change in the West: Adapting Sustainably

As we emerge from the pandemic, the West is facing immense pressures from growth and change that challenge our notions of sustainability in our region. An intractable housing affordability crisis is spreading beyond our urban areas to exurban communities and rural towns, where people are now moving in greater numbers. The impacts of climate change are upon us, with the West is experiencing an extended drought that threatens our regional water supply and our forests and fire seasons that are growing in duration and severity with each passing year. As we face these challenges (and many more), the 2022 Western Places | Western Spaces conference focuses on how the region can adapt to these mounting pressures and what measures we need to be taking now to ensure greater resilience to whatever the future holds.

Download the program to learn more about this year's offerings.

Important Dates:
  • Friday, March 18: Affordable Housing Solutions Workshop
  • Thursday, March 24: Western Places | Western Spaces Day 1
  • Friday, March 25: Western Places | Western Spaces Day 2
  • April 8, 15, 22, 29: Western Land Use & the Colorado River Crisis Workshop Series

Registration Fees Registration includes the Western Places | Western Spaces conference sessions, keynote, and plenary address on March 24 & 25, as well as access to the Affordable Housing Solutions Workshop on Friday, March and the Western Land Use & the Colorado River Crisis Workshop Series in April. Early Bird rates are available until February 21. Those who register by February 14 will get 50% off their registration, and from February 15 to February 21 you will get 25% off your registration. Discounted rates for groups of five or more are also available.

  • Corporate: $150
  • Government & Nonprofit: $100
  • Academic & Students: FREE
  • Individuals: $25 for conference, and $25 for workshops

Please contact us:
Phone: 303-871-6319

Sponsorship & Promotional Opportunities

Our conference is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These financial contributions help fund our programs and conference activities, including top-notch keynote speakers, plenary lunch events, and tours. Conference sponsorship provides visibility and underscores your company’s commitment to sustainable communities and informed and ethical land use and development practices.

Equally important are our Aspen sponsors, who provide in-kind marketing and promotional support.

For more information, please see our Sponsorship Platforms Brochure or contact Susan Daggett.

Conference Materials

You can view and download materials from the 2021 conference sessions at the 2021 Session Materials page. Watch videos from the sessions on the 2021 Conference Videos page. For materials from past events, visit the Past Conferences page.


The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities. We encourage anyone who requires assistance to contact Lisa Loranger at or 303-871-6319 for further information.

Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208