Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Consensus Building

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Airport

(1992 - 1993) Working with representatives from the University of North Carolina, local governments, citizen groups, and aviation advocacy organizations, IEN convened a group to address operational and relocation options related to a University-owned airport.

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

VACCR Community Solutions

(2003-2004) Funded by a NAFCM grant to the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution (VACCR) , IEN developed a training for community mediation centers and their experienced mediators to build their capacity to facilitate complex multi-party community issues. IEN conducted 2-day workshops for 8 centers in Virginia, and many of these centers implemented these skills to facilitate local community issues.

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Training, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Chatahoochee National Forest, Georgia

(1993) IEN convened a group of diverse stakeholders and mediated a meeting charged with exploring mutually acceptable alternatives to the proposed timber projects in a sensitive 14,000 acre area.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Land, Federal Government,

George Washington National Forest

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.

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Land, Federal Government,

Virginia Waste Tire End-User Reimbursement Advisory Committee

(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.

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

South Carolina Wetlands Steering Committee

(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.

Categorized as: 1980s, 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

Virginia State Generic Management Plan for Pesticides and Ground Water

(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.

Categorized as: 1980s, 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, State Government,

Uranium Mining Task Force

(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 →

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Energy, State Government,

Elizabeth River Watershed Plan Revision

(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 →

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

National Non-Point Source Strategy

(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.

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, Federal Government,