Service Areas: Consensus Building
(1994 - 1995) IEN served as a convener and facilitator for an innovative project that brought together health advocates and tobacco growing interests in Virginia. Over a sixteen month process, participants discussed various strategies for economic diversification, economic development, and improvements in the production and marketing of tobacco, concluding with a pivotal presentation to the Virginia Joint Legislative Study Subcommittee on Alternative Strategies for Assisting Tobacco Farmers.
National Assessment of USFS Travel Management Planning: Challenges, Recommendations, and Best Practices for Public Involvement
(2009) IEN was contracted in the fall of 2008 by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to undertake an independent assessment of the U.S. Forest Service travel management planning process. The goal of this assessment was to offer specific recommendations to Forest Service personnel while they worked to complete travel management planning throughout the national forest system. The assessment culmintaed in a report that provided value and guidance to those citizens who were engaged as members of the public in the planning processes. Drawing on lessons from individual... Continue reading →
(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.
(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.
(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.
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 →