COSA Last Week for Early Bird Registration : Equity in Conservation and Ou tdoor Recreation


Equity in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (E.C.O.R.) Summit for Action


PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS. Registration is now open for the Equity in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (E.C.O.R.) Summit for Action

The Equity in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (E.C.O.R.) Summit for Action is a two-day event for thought-provoking discussions around the intersection of equity and inclusion in environmental conservation and outdoor recreation movements. The outdoors should be a place of healing and enjoyment for all. However throughout American history, people of marginalized identities have so often been underrepresented or intentionally excluded from the conservation and outdoor narratives. These inequities are the result of complex social and economic factors that include but are not limited to explicit racism and segregation. Understanding the history and impacts of racism, sexism, ableism in the parks and greenspaces in our communities can only serve to improve the benefits of green spaces to all people. Join us for a frank discussion on issues that those with marginalized identities face in the movement to enjoy and preserve wild and scenic places.

This year, Day 1 of the summit will be held virtually and is open to all. Day two of the summit will have in person sessions held in Denver, Colorado and hosted by the Denver Zoo. This is open to anyone in Colorado.

Summit Overview
Summit Dates and Times

Thursday September 29th , 2022(Virtual) : 8 am – 3:30 pm PT, 9am-4:30pm MT, 10am- 5:30 pm CT , 11am-6:30 pm ET
Friday September 30th, 2022(In-Person at the Denver Zoo) : 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSummit Cost:

One Day Virtual Summit Registration (Sept 29 Only) This Ticket is for the first day of the summit. Thursday Sept 29 (virtual only) Early bird ticket $85.00 before Sept 2nd / General Ticket $105.00 before Sept 26th

Both Days Summit Registration​ (Sept 29 & 30) This Ticket is for both days of the summit. Thursday Sept 29 (virtual only) and Friday September 30 (in-person only) Early bird ticket $125.00 per person beforeSept 2nd / General Ticket $145.00 before Sept 26th

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Find Out More
DAY 1 – Virtual Only Summit
Keynote Speaker- Renee Millard-Chacon
Renee M. Chacon, is Diné/Xicana/ Filipina from Southern Colorado and New Mexico. She is a sahumadora for Kalpulli ColorAztlan and is the co-founder and executive director of Womxn from the Mountain. She works as a cultural educator in several environmental justice initiatives to stop environmental racism in Commerce City.
Panel Session: Rise Up, Recreationists! Climate Justice and Outdoor Recreation

The climate crisis is detrimental to the natural resources and ecosystems that support outdoor recreation. Warming patterns in the western U.S. have led to reduced snowpack and increased wildfires; introducing irreversible changes to the landscape and watershed. Even after decades of discourse, notable gaps remain between climate change’s impact and action needed to address it. Mainstream climate conversations often mirror other systemic injustices by centering the protection of natural resources while doing little to advocate for the fair distribution of benefits and burdens of its impacts on marginalized communities. Climate action must confront structural inequities through community-led planning, decision making, and resource management. This panel explores how the outdoor recreation industry can leverage the long history of environmental activism among communities of color in the pursuit of protecting critical habitat, increasing access to healthy natural spaces, and managing the responsibilities of climate resilient communities.

Panel Session: A Generation Later: Still Fighting for Environmental Justice
Thirty-one years after the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, communities of color are still combating the environmental disparities that plague their neighborhoods. How have the summit’s Environmental Justice Principles influenced the current discourse? What issues are we still fighting today and why? Join this panel of community voices from the front lines of the environmental justice movement.
DAY 2 – In Person Only Summit Day
​Community Collaborations and Solidarity in Environmental Action

The Principles of Environmental Justice were developed in 1991. These principles functioned as an outline that addressed the needs of communities of color as they endure a disproportionate impact of environmental harms and disparities.If we were to bring these principles into 2022 and extend these ideas to include disparities in access to outdoor recreation what would a revised set of environmental justice principles look like?

​During the summit’s second day, we will gather in person to explore the role of these principles in today’s fight for environmental justice. In a process directed by communities of color, we aim to enhance these fundamental values to support environmental conservation and outdoor recreation here in Colorado.

Day two of the summit is hosted by the Denver Zoo and will incorporate Open Space Technology: a method of knowledge sharing focused on the interests of those in attendance. This will include conversation stations about the most pressing topics and issues affecting the environmental justice movement and its relevance to Colorado in 2022.

Our goal is to highlight the importance of justice, equity, and inclusion in our organizations and communities. We look forward to strengthening our relationships with current partners and connecting with potential partners in our journey of moving diversity forward. Learn about becoming a sponsor.