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.

2023 Western Places | Western Spaces Conference

Framing the Future: Investing in Solutions for a Thriving West

The West is facing a series of compounding crises that threaten our way of life in the region. Extreme temperatures are impacting the ongoing drought, urban heat islands and public health, vulnerability to fire, our agricultural economy and food security, and our energy infrastructure. And yet people continue to move to the West, creating further pressure on our natural systems, our transportation and housing systems, and driving up the cost of living—especially the cost of housing—which jeopardizes the vitality of the entire region.

Although the challenges are growing, so are the creative solutions that communities can use to address these crises; mitigate their risks; adapt to a changing environment; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and build in resiliency to forge ahead when times get tough.

REGISTER for Western Places | Western Spaces 2023

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 videos and materials from the 2022 conference sessions at the 2022 Videos & Materials 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