Service Areas: Dialogue
(2008) Inspired by the Virginia Waste Solutions Forum in 2005, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center convened a meeting among stakeholders representing a wide range of agricultural and environmental interests on Maryland's Delmarva peninsula in February 2008. At this meeting, participants explored the potential for establishing a collaborative effort to improve water quality while fostering agricultural economic viability. While a decision had not been finalized, participants agreed that a collaborative could be worthwhile and that they would continue meeting to explore the... Continue reading →
(2006-2007) In late 2006, the CSX Railroad transferred the Crozet rail tunnel at Afton, Virginia to Nelson County. IEN worked with stakeholders to examine the possible value of connections between trails and natural areas in the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont region if the tunnel were to be converted to recreational use.
(2006) This event was prompted by concerns expressed in the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv about key disconnects between children and nature within four areas: health, media and culture, education and the urban and built environment. Some 350 educators, health professionals, and conservationists met for this event at the National Conservation Training Center. The meeting included Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall, The Conservation Fund's President Larry Selzer, Executive Director of the North American Montessori... Continue reading →
(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.
(1994 - 2001) With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the IEN helped to find ways of navigating around the devastating cuts suffered by tobacco farming families, while mitigating the harm caused by tobacco products. During this process, farmers, health advocates, and community development advocates reached agreements about the uses of funding from the settlement announced between the tobacco companies and the states. In Virginia, these discussions produced legislation as farmers and health advocates joined together in an unprecedented alliance to craft a plan to fund... Continue reading →
(2001) Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and the Virginia United Land Trusts (VaULT), this conference aimed to bring together all conservation easement-holding organizations, including public, private, local, regional, state-wide and national organizations operating in Virginia. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate creative thinking and visioning for how land conservation organizations of all types could improve their coordination and collaboration to meet the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s ambitious land conservation goals. IEN’s Tanya Denckla Cobb, with assistance... Continue reading →
(1999 - 2003) The IEN assisted the Meridian Institute to coordinate a process chaired by the US Forest Service that was measuring sustainable forestry practices in the United States. The Roundtable for Sustainable Forests used an internationally developed set of seven criteria and 67 indicators of sustainable forests. The IEN assisted with facilitating a communications and outreach committee, facilitating Roundtable meetings and workshops, and developing communication materials in collaboration with project partners. The outcomes from these workshops was used to develop a national report on... Continue reading →