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Launching ECRRoster.org

Eugene, Oregon, USA – We are pleased to announce that the administration of the National Roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution Professionals has been transferred from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation’s (Udall Foundation) John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution (National Center) to ECRRoster.org, a website designed and maintained by a partnership between the Association for Conflict Resolution/Environment and Public Policy Section (ACR/EPP) and Mediate.com.

For over twenty years the National Roster of Environmental Conflict Professionals has been used by Federal agencies; Tribal, State, and Local governments; non-profit organizations; and the private sector to locate professional mediators, facilitators, and conflict resolution service providers. The publicly available, searchable database provides the public and practitioners a portal to broaden collaboration and conflict resolution networks and skills.

The National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution has determined that future administration of the Roster will need to occur outside of the auspices of the Udall Foundation. Recognizing the value that the Roster has provided to the Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (ECCR) community, the National Center approached ACR/EPP and Mediate.com to take on the stewardship of the Roster moving forward. Together, Mediate.com and ACR/EPP have developed a sustainable framework that will maintain and manage the Roster to ensure it continues to benefit the field of environmental conflict resolution for many years to come.

“I believe the ECR Roster is an invaluable resource for federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors,” said Colin Rule, CEO of Mediate.com. “As a website devoted to the expansion of quality conflict resolution for the last quarter century, we are delighted to help the Roster continue and evolve so as to promote collaboration and conflict resolution in resolving complex environmental disputes.”

Over 2023, the ACR/EPP and Mediate.com partnership will engage the Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution community in developing new and exciting opportunities for practitioner-driven improvements to the Roster. In Phase One, Mediate.com will lead on technical development, migrating Roster members to the new platform. All Roster members will receive notifications about the move and will be able to log in to update their information. In Phase Two, the ACR/EPP Roster Advisory Team will update the Roster processes and criteria for application, review, verification, acceptance, and complaints. ACR/EPP member input will be gathered and integrated throughout both phases via webinars, dialogues, and ACR conference postering in common areas.

“The ACR/EPP section is both honored and delighted to steward the Roster with the help of our Advisory Team,” said Mary Dumas, Co-President of the ACR/EPP Section.  EPP Leadership Council members, will work with allied organizations and practitioners, academics, researchers, and innovators to uphold the national standards underpinning the Roster’s high regard, while modeling best practices in equitable facilitation and engagement in managing this transition.”

We welcome involvement from all Environmental and Public Policy conflict resolvers, (especially Roster members) in this new initiative.

  • You can visit and view ACR/EPP’s Professional Contracting Pathways Webinar Series to learn about more the National Roster, how it is different from Federal Agency contractor lists, and expert strategies for accessing public procurement opportunities with regional and state agencies.
  • You can join ACR/EPP’s National Roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution Professionals Advisory Team, which will advise the ACR/EPP Leadership Council on Roster policies and practices that build diversity and equity across practices areas, educational disciplines, and geographic regions.
  • You can share your views, questions, and suggestions with the EPP Leadership Council at [email protected]

We are confident that this new partnership will ensure the National Roster remains a vital, updated resource for years to come, helping to resolve complex environmental and public policy issues collaboratively and peacefully.

For More Information

For information about the National Roster web platform and membership, contact [email protected].
For information about the Environment and Public Policy Section of Association for Conflict Resolution and the 2023 Roster Advisory Team contact [email protected]

About Mediate.com

For more than 25 years Mediate.com has served as the online home for the mediation field. With over 15,000 articles, news items, blog postings and videos (as well as over 5 million annual visitor sessions) Mediate.com is the world’s most visited mediation web site. Mediate.com serves as a bridge between professionals offering mediation services and people needing mediation services. Mediate.com also houses the world’s most used Mediator Directory, as well as online training courses from many top mediation practitioners through MediateUniversity.com.

About the Association for Conflict Resolution/Environment & Public Policy Section

The mission of the international Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is to enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. As a non-for-profit, professional organization, ACR and Sections enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. The Environment & Public Policy Section (EPP) envisions a just society capable of inclusively and equitably solving its most complex environmental and public policy issues. EPP strengthens a community of conflict and collaboration practitioners who support communities to make informed decisions through inclusive and equitable engagement. Learn more at https://eppacr.wixsite.com/eppsection.

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Colin Rule

Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of Mediate.com, MediateUniversity.com, Arbitrate.com, CaseloadManager.com and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired Modria.com, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded,… MORE

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