Keystone Center changes name for 40th anniversary |

Keystone Center changes name for 40th anniversary

A round table discussion organized by The Keystone Center addressed the environmental and social impacts of a copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea.
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Keystone is home to one of the country’s most recognized organizations working behind-the-scenes to help people solve some of society’s toughest problems.

The Keystone Policy Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Christine Scanlan, said the center chose the occasion as an opportunity to rebrand.

The center added the word “policy” to its name to better reflect its mission of leading diverse groups of stakeholders in surmounting policy obstacles. Scanlan said the previous name of The Keystone Center encompassed some entities that have since become separate nonprofits, including the Keystone Science School, which spun off in early 2013.

The organization also changed its logo from an eagle in flight to a simple geometric mountain formed by four teal triangles.

The logo better represents the nonprofit, Scanlan said, because “our history and our roots are in the mountains.”

The center was founded in 1975 by the late Robert W. Craig — a visionary, scholar and mountaineering legend — to independently facilitate the resolution of national policy conflicts.

Since then, the center has grown to include offices in Denver and Washington, D.C., and has brought together leaders in the public and private sectors with differing perspectives but with the common desire to find lasting solutions to policy problems.

As an independent mediator, the center doesn’t advocate for any positions. Instead, it helps groups move from contention to collective action with a process that encourages dialogue and empathy among often initially-hostile leaders who can then forge alliances, make decisions or influence the trajectory of challenging issues.

Some of the center’s current projects involve honeybee health, Monarch butterfly conservation and Colorado higher education funding; the organization recently finished work with the state’s oil and gas task force.

The nonprofit has worked locally with Sustainable Breck, the Snake River Watershed Task Force, Interstate 70 collaborations and the Tenderfoot Mountain motorized used task force, among other projects. The center has also been involved with issues related to the environment, energy, health and education on the state, national and international levels.

Scanlan has worked with the Keystone Center since the mid-1990s and took over its leadership in 2013. She has also worked as a representative of Summit, Eagle and Lake counties in the state legislature from 2007 to 2010, filling the position now held by Rep. Millie Hamner, and Scanlan served on the Summit School District Board of Education from 2004 to 2009.

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