Programs and Projects

Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force

Established in 2009, the GCF is a unique subnational collaboration between 19 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States that seeks to advance jurisdictional programs for reducing emissions from deforestation and land use and link these activities with emerging greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance regimes and other pay-for-performance opportunities.
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Western Water Policy Program

The Western Water Policy programs highlights innovations in water policy and law, with the goal of identifying the most productive solutions for innovation in water policy and water law. WWPP seeks to influence positive change for water policy in the west, being receptive to various ideas, including economic and administrative reforms, technological innovations, and social change.
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Acequia Assistance Project

The Acequia Project is a joint effort by the Getches-Wilkinson Center, Colorado Open Lands, and the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association to provide low or no-cost legal assistance and educational materials to Colorado's acequia communities.
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Energy Justice-The Other Third

The Energy & Environmental Security Program seeks to improve energy and environmental security for the world's poor. There are 2 to 3 billion people worldwide who have little or no access to beneficial energy for cooking, heating, water sanitation, illumination, transportation, or basic mechanical needs. Our projects take practical steps toward solving the energy and environmental deficits of this Other Third. Under the leadership of Professor Lakshman Guruswamy, we offer a synthesis of bottom-up and top-down technical solutions, actions, and policies that demonstrate, for example, how non-carbon based Appropriate Sustainable Energy Technologies (ASETs) can address energy poverty.
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Historical Programs and Projects

Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project

The Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project is a free-access website of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for oil and gas development in the Intermountain West. Developed as a project of the University of Colorado Law School's Getches-Wilkinson Center, the project is maintained through grants to CU and its partners and is currently managed by Kathryn Mutz through the Department of Engineering.
BMPs are state-of-the-art mitigation measures applied to oil and natural gas drilling and production to help ensure that energy development is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.
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Energy Innovation

The Energy Innovation Initiative is a joint venture of the Getches-Wilkinson Center on Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment and the Silicon Flatirons Center on Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Established in 2011, the Energy Innovation Initiative brings together leaders from government, law, finance, industry, and education to address key aspects of the energy innovation challenge and develop new approaches and solutions to today's energy challenges.
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Red Lodge Clearinghouse

The Red Lodge Clearinghouse is a one-stop shop for engaged citizens to learn about, discuss, and participate in natural resources, energy, and environmental policy decisions affecting their communities in the West and beyond.
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