Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Clients: State Government

Governor Kaine's Leadership Summit on Natural Resources

(2006)  IEN worked with a stakeholder planning committee to design the second invitation-only high level stakeholder-based Governor's Summit. The Summit identified key issues that need to be addressed in protecting Virginia's natural resources, as well as potential solutions and priorities for the next five years.  

Categorized as: 2000s, Strategic Planning, Water, Land, Energy, State Government,

Virginia Coastal 309 Assessment

(2005 - 2006) IEN conducted Virginia's second (1997) and fourth (2005) 309 assessments of Virginia's coastal resources. The assessment covered changes over the past five years in coastal resource management, resource characterization, threats, and opportunities for state programs to improve protection of coastal resources. Virginia Coastal Assessment

Categorized as: 2000s, Research, Land, Water, State Government,

Ad Hoc Dam Safety Study Committee

(2004 - 2005)  The Virginia Ad Hoc Dam Safety Task Force facilitated by IEN Senior Associate Bruce Dotson and Director Frank Dukes met four times over a period of five months to adjust dam safety specifications in situations where development has taken place downstream after the dam was originally constructed and where, if a dam failed during a maximal storm, there would be threat to life as well as property and infrastructure. A substantial number of these dams were owned by home owner associations in lake oriented communities. The committee looked at the regulatory requirements from a... Continue reading →

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

Radiation Safety Advisory Committee

(2005) IEN facilitated a discussion between the members of the Radiation Safety Advisory Committee, appointed jointly by the governor and VDH, about the role and authority of the committee. Concerns included: Virginia becoming an agreement state to administer federal radiation program as well as the roles and responsiblitities of the committee and VDH as they work together on a range of radiation safety topics.

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Health & Food, State Government,

Governor Warner's Leadership Summit on Natural Resources

(2004) IEN worked with a stakeholder planning committee to design an invitation-only, high level stakeholder-based Governor's Summit. The Summit identified key issues that needed to be addressed in protecting Virginia's natural resources, as well as potential solutions and priorities for implementation in the years after the summit. Governors Leadership Summit Report    

Categorized as: 2000s, Strategic Planning, Water, Land, Energy, State Government,

Nutrient Management Planning Regulatory Advisory Committee

(2004) IEN facilitated a regulatory negotiation of a stakeholder advisory committee convened by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The committee identified areas of agreement for new nutrient management regulations that will move away from N to P-based planning.

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

St. Michaels, (MD) Development Mediation

IEN mediated a dispute between the residents of St. Michaels, Maryland and developer Midland Real Estate Company concerning acceptible development density and good design. A committee composed of town representatives and the developers agreed on several points and created a final report for the Town Commisioners. Two members of the committee dissented from the final mediation consensus statement and the final report was never submitted to the Town Commissioners. The future of the proposed development remains unclear, but one can expect additional opposition and negotiation if the plan... Continue reading →

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

Onsite Septic System Regulatory Negotiation

(1998) The IEN conducted a regulatory negotiation to develop regulations under Virginia SB 415 for the privatization of soil Analysis for onsite septic systems. At the request of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), IEN convened the stakeholder advisory group which developed consensus recommendations for a new program. From a broad perspective, issues raised in the negotiation concerned land use management and planning, septic systems, ground water protection, and the privatization of soil analysis. The IEN facilitated the meetings, developed meeting summaries and reports, conducted... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

Strategic Planning for the Virginia Coastal Program

(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Water, People & Communities, State Government,

The Virginia Mental Health Insurance Parity Task Force

(1995) Mediated a multi-party stakeholder task force that was created to deal with contentious proposed mental health insurance legislation.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, State Government,

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