Serving the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching, and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for our lands, waters, and environment.


Getches_Wilkingson fishingThe Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment was created in January 2013 to build upon the over 30 year legacy of the University of Colorado Law School's Natural Resources Law Center, while pursuing a more ambitious goal of research and innovative problem-solving in the areas of natural resources, energy and the environment.  Its name comes from the contributions of two iconic figures in the law school's environmental law history, David Getches and Charles Wilkinson.

About the Center

Colorado Law has long been known for its excellence in, and commitment to, the field of natural resources law, and the Natural Resources Law Center served as a research and outreach leader in the field for 30 years.  In more recent years, the Law School has also developed several robust programs in environmental, Indian, energy, and international law outside of the NRLC organizational framework. 

The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (GWC) is grounded in the successful legacies of both the NRLC and our other existing programs.  But is now driven by a broader agenda and our aspirations for deeper influence by producing high-quality and impactful research to help identify and solve natural resources, energy, and environmental challenges.  As the GWC endeavors to expand its role as a problem solver, we look to ensure that scholars, practitioners, industry, government agencies, and environmental organizations view the GWC as a trusted and relevant resource.  The Center will work to convene thought leaders and practitioners to address the most pressing issues facing public lands, tribal resource management, climate change, and energy development in Colorado, across the nation, and abroad. 

Contact Information:

Email: gwc@colorado.edu
Phone: 303-492-1286
Fax: 303-492-1297

Mailing Address:

Getches-Wilkinson Center
University of Colorado Law School
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401

Physical Address:

University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building, Room 322
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, CO 80309