Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Clients: State Government

Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

Established by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 73, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) is charged with advising the Executive Branch to help ensure that low-income and minority communities in Virginia do not bear a disproportionate environmental burden. ACEJ meetings are facilitated by IEN’s Director Tanya Denckla Cobb and other representatives of the Institute. The Council is comprised of 15 leaders from academia, business, public service, and non-governmental organizations, and will meet quarterly at locations across the state. Additional informationa... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry - Farm Winery Study

Based on a directive from the Virginia General Assembly, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry convened a stakeholder panel consisting of individuals representing 19 organizations with interests relating to Virginia farm wineries and activities. IEN’s role was to facilitate the stakeholder panel deliberations for developing recommendations. As part of this work, key IEN activities included: 1) development of an online constituency survey to identify key issues and concerns, as well as possible approaches to address issues and concerns, and 2) online research resulting in a compilation of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, State Government,

Virginia Rural Hospital and EMS Assessment

Hospitals and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers play a critical role in rural healthcare throughout Virginia, where needs are great in the face of limited resources. Two programs within the Virginia Department of Health (Office of Health Equity and Office of EMS) partnered to convene a stakeholder planning team and conduct regional listening sessions to hear about rural emergency care challenges and identify potential strategies for addressing those challenges. To assist the stakeholder team of emergency care providers, IEN conducted an online survey, facilitated seven regional... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, People & Communities, State Government,

Strengthening Nutrient Management Planning on Virginia's Farms

Through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, IEN worked with Sustainable Chesapeake in convening a stakeholder Nutrient Management Leadership Team to develop recommendations for enhancing farmer participation in the Virginia Department of Conservation Nutrient Management Program. The approach centered on a survey to query farmers, nutrient management planners and industry representatives on the strengths and challenges associated with the current programmatic approach. Based on survey responses, Team... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Clarkton Bridge Stakeholder Engagement

IEN facilitated a stakeholder engagement process, funded by the Virginia Transportation Research Council, to determine the future of Clarkton Bridge. The bridge, which spans the Staunton River at the border between Halifax and Charlotte Counties in southern Virginia, is over 100 years old, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The condition of the bridge has deteriorated and it has been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for several years. The Virginia Department of Transportation felt that the bridge posed a hazard to public safety and should be removed, while some... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Campbell County Route 29 Corridor Planning Effort

The Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), located at U.Va., initiated a pilot project with Campbell County to test a Federal Highways collaborative planning framework, known as PlanWorks. The project's focus is a busy 6.6-mile stretch of Route 29 on the south side of Lynchburg, beginning at the southern city limit and extending to Colonial Highway (Route 24). This stretch of highway hosts multiple mixed uses and needs for residential, business, and large institutional access. IEN is... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,State Government,

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certificate

A new professional certificate is being developed to assist in the Bay cleanup effort. Local governments wish to know who they can trust to design and install BMPs that will qualify and count toward their TMDL load reductions goals. Others wish to raise the bar, so that landscape professionals become more knowledgeable about Bay-appropriate design and BMPs, in design, implementation, and maintenance. IEN has been asked to serve as facilitator for the steering committee consensus decision-making meetings, led by a partnership of Wetlands Watch, the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Land, Water, Business and Industry,Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

DEQ Negotiation Training

Employees of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality participated in a two-day training provided by IEN in Summer 2015 on interest-based negotiation (IBN). In 2016, IEN conducted another two-day training in IBN as well as a separate two-day training in designing and facilitating community engagement.   

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Training, State Government,

Regulatory Negotiations: MS4, Construction Permits, Nutrient Trading

(2012) IEN worked with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to facilitate separate discussions for the MS4 General Permit RAP, the Construction General Permit RAP, and the Nutrient Trading RAP. The goals of the negotations were: to ensure that all RAP members have an opportunity to be heard and are able to contribute to discussions, to determine key issues of concern to RAP members and facilitate discussions of how proposed regulatory amendments address those concerns, and to help identify consensus and remaining differences concerning draft proposed regulations.

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Regulatory Negotiation and Consensus Building for Onsite Septic System Regulations

(2000) With facilitation by the IEN, a twenty-two member Advisory Committee met for six all-day meetings to discuss and debate how best to protect public health, minimize the need for remedial action, and reduce permitting delays for Virginia's onsite septic system permitting and inspection program. Following a charge by the General Assembly to privatize the onsite septic system program, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) had been grappling with the difficult issues associated with privatization of functions that required continued public oversight. The Committee developed a consensus... Continue reading →

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

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