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.
2020 Annual Land Use Conference Request for Proposals
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law is seeking session proposals and speaker nominations for inclusion in the 2020 Western Places/Western Spaces annual conference.
The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, August 9.
Hot, Dry, and Crowded: Planning for the Future
The West of the future will be warmer and more populous, and as a result, will face significant challenges with respect to our water supplies, our ability to withstand unpredictable weather patterns and extreme storm events, and our capacity to preserve our economy and our quality of life while adapting to the coming changes. The climate is changing, but we can do something about it.
Land use planning, water planning, and disaster mitigation are just a few of the tools available to help prepare for an uncertain future. We can work now to prepare our communities and landscapes for the impacts we are sure to experience. We can use design to create places that are more sustainable and adaptable. We can use integrated water and land use planning to help stretch dwindling water supplies. We can use our natural systems to create more resilient communities that are cooler and more connected. And we can work to ensure that the communities of our future are more equitable, affordable, and inclusive.
For RMLUI’s 29th Western Places/Western Spaces conference, we will be looking at the ways in which we can use design, planning tools, and creative approaches to better plan for a future that will be different from the known past. The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is partnering with us to develop a track focused on integrating land use and water planning. In addition, we will consider how our built environments, using mixed use design, transportation infrastructure, and even building codes, can help reduce our impact on climate change and create a more comfortable and sustainable living environment. We will explore how our natural systems and outdoor spaces can be designed for greater resilience, cooler micro-climates, and more water-wise landscaping. We also will focus on rural resilience and how to adapt sustainability innovations and new technologies to small towns and rural communities. Finally, we will consider how climate change is likely to affect our natural resources—from our recreational playgrounds to our economic engines—and discuss ways in which our land use strategies can or should adapt in anticipation of changes across our Western landscapes.
As always, we’re looking for your ideas about hot topics, emerging trends, legal developments, or great case studies that can help inform the conversation and ensure that RMLUI continues to provide leadership in the region.
For more information about Western Places/Western Spaces: Hot, Dry, and Crowded, the session topics, session criteria, and submitting a proposal, please download the RFP Guidelines. We encourage you to use our sample form to prepare your submission prior to submitting it online.
- August 9, 2019: proposals due
- September 6, 2019: applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals
- October 18, 2019: selected sessions must be finalized (content, speakers)
- March 5 & 6, 2020: RMLUI’s Annual Western Places/Western Spaces Conference
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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.
You can also watch videos from the conference through our accredited Home Study program.
RMLUI’s Home Study
RMLUI’s Home Study courses provide an ideal option to maintain your professional credentials. Each block of videos presents a selection of panels from RMLUI’s Annual Land Use Conference and is accredited for CLE and AICP continuing education credits.
Registration is open now for the 2019 Home Study Courses. For more information about the sessions and registration information, please visit the Home Study web 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-871-6319 for further information.