Service Areas: Consensus Building
(1999-2000) The courts serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are outgrowing their current space, particularly the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court which needs immediate expansion of facilities. IEN staff worked with the Steering Committee assembled for this process to design and facilitate the public involvement meetings. The three meetings have been used to elicit community values, preferences, and ideas for siting and designing the new courts complex. Challenges included assessing historic preservation, economic impacts, public access, and ensuring a design... Continue reading →
(1999-2000) Concerns over the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab resource led the Chesapeake Bay Commission to establish a Bi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee (BBCAC), which worked to develop recommendations for future management of the blue crab in Maryland and Virginia. The IEN convened and facilitated the public involvement component of the BBCAC consensus building effort to improve economic efficiency of the blue crab fishery and develop a long-term bay-wide strategy to ensure sustainability of the resource. The effort involved technical work groups composed of scientists and fisheries... Continue reading →
The IEN facilitated a working group to enhance public involvement with the National Forest Management Plan's most recent revision. Similar work has been conducted in Tennessee, Indiana, and other forests located in Virginia.
(1992 - 1993) Supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and W. Alton Jones Foundation, IEN led a consensus building effort involving a diverse group of stakeholders to advise the Virginia DEQ on developing policy for using the Waste Tire Fund.
(1989-1990) A collaborative negotiation process facilitated by the IEN for over eighteen months, in which representatives of the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Environmental Concerns, home builders, wetland consultants, and industry leaders in forestry, mining and agriculture met monthly to develop recommendations for wetland permitting procedures.
(1988 - 1992) IEN facilitated a year-long process for a task force composed of twelve Virginia state agencies to develop a state plan for protecting ground water from pesticides.
(1984 - 1985) The Uranium Mining Task Force was created by the Coal and Energy Commission of the Virginia state legislature in January 1984 to address the risk and economic consequences of allowing uranium mining in the state. The Task Force consisted of the heads of the seven state agencies having environmental responsibility, including: the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, the State Air Pollution Control Board, the State Water Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, the Department of Labor and Industry, and the... Continue reading →
(2007-2008) The Elizabeth River Project underwent a yearlong revision process to the watershed Action Plan, last updated in 2002. The Elizabeth River is an important tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. While serving as a vehicle for economic activity, with many industries on the River served by its navigable waters, the River has also served as a reminder of the harm of environmental contamination. A series of stakeholder meetings were convened in 2007 and 2008 to evaluate existing and continuing problems (environmental, social, political) associated with the restoration of the Elizabeth River... Continue reading →
(1998) IEN facilitated a strategy development process for the implementation of new EPA policies aimed at making state and local more efficient in the use of available resources.