Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Clients: Local Government

2015-2016 Strategic Planning

IEN was asked to design and facilitate five strategic planning efforts in 2015-2016. We designed and facilitated meetings for the Albemarle Solid Waste Authority to enable its advisory committee to consider a range of options and reach consensus recommendations for the fate of the Ivy Landfill Transfer Station, for consideration by the Board of Supervisors. We designed and facilitated meetings for the U.Va. Sustainability Office to bring its staff together... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Strategic Planning, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

Loudoun Water/Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun County’s need for additional water resources continues to grow, leading the utility, Loudoun Water, to acquire the Beaverdam Reservoir. Beaverdam is first and foremost a source of public drinking water. Loudoun Water has partnered with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) to manage recreational activities and public access until the spring/summer of 2017. At that time it will close to complete needed repairs to the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Water, Local Government,

Richmond Integrated Water Permit

RVAH2O.org is an initiative of the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities to educate the community about ways to keep its waterways pollution-free, and the importance of integrating drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater under one watershed management program, so that together, the City can achieve "cleaner water faster." IEN is working with the City Department of Public Utilities,... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Public Participation, Water, Local Government,

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission: Working Waterfront Workshop

(2014) Virginia’s coastal communities have a long history of active, bustling waterfronts that host  a variety of businesses oriented to commercial and recreational fishermen, boaters, the seafood industry, and other water-dependent jobs. The Virginia Coastal Program is developing a plan to help preserve working waterfronts, enhance their economic viability and ensure continued contributions to the fabric of life in the Commonwealth’s coastal zone. The Working Waterfront Workshop in Spring 2014 focused on defining what working waterfronts are, developing consistent inventories, and framing... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Water, Local Government,

Sustainable Fisheries

(2012) IEN facilitated a capacity building and partnership initiative with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Maryland local governments.On the premise that healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can most successfully be achieved in partnership with local government, IEN led a process to address the greatest threat to Maryland's natural resources and the critical ecosystem support functions they provide, watershed use change. The goal to develop a pro-active approach to strategically target DNR assistance to protect the most ecologically valuable resources threatened... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Water, Local Government,State Government,

Community Solutions Training

(2007) The trainings assisted government officials in understanding the possibilities for using collaborative processes in community-wide disputes and public policy situations.  In addition, the trainings broadened the capacity of local mediators to facilitate public policy disputes and situations. Working with local mediation centers, the organizers from IEN invited to these regional trainings public officials, the business community, community nonprofits, and religious leaders from the region to participate in a half-day session designed for the public. IEN trained the mediators for a day... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Training, People & Communities, Local Government,State Government,

Training and Community Solutions

(2004) Communities throughout Virginia face many complex challenges such as water supply, transportation, affordable housing, community safety, and growthToo often efforts to address these problems fail because individuals and agencies are working in isolation from one another.  Public officials and civic-minded community members find few forums that bring people together to seek common and higher ground; indeed, the formal structure of public hearings and judicial and administrative appeals often exacerbates rather than resolves conflict.  Utilizing a... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Training, People & Communities, Local Government,

Eco-Logical Pilot Project—Free Bridge Area Congestion Relief

(2014) The U.S. 250 link across the Rivanna River known locally as Free Bridge is a key connector for local and regional traffic, but the level of service for the 53,000 daily vehicles that cross it is already grossly inadequate and will be 25 percent worse by 2040. In response, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted an ecosystem-based approach to developing infrastructure project alternatives called “Eco-Logical” and secured a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant to fund a related... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Improving Washington & Old Dominion Trail Safety: A Stakeholder Workshop

(2014) The Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, spanning 45 miles from Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. into rural Loudoun County, is a popular recreational amenity, commuter corridor, equestrian path, and fitness resource for many diverse user groups. As the region has developed, the trail has become both more popular and more congested, posing numerous safety concerns. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA), which owns and manages the trail, contracted with IEN to plan and host a stakeholder workshop, with the goal of developing a set of priority... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Crozet Master Plan

(2001 - 2003) This master plan for growth would build Crozet from a population under 5,000 to a developed community of 12,000 by implementing \"Neighborhood Model\" development, the county's recently adopted format for mixed-use pedestrian oriented development focused on a hierarchy of centers. The project involved a series of well attended public meetings, discussions with the Crozet Neighborhood Associations, and an active website. IEN's role was to design a system for acheiving consensus and advising throughout the process about stakeholder interaction. Outcome: The Master Plan was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, Local Government,

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