Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Public Participation

Clinch River Valley Initiative

(2010 - Present) The Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) is a pioneering effort to build local economies in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, focusing on the Clinch River Valley—one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America. Working at a watershed scale with several local partners, this grassroots effort has developed significant support and momentum throughout the region. Utilizing a consensus-based approach, project partners have developed goals for connecting downtown revitalization, outdoor recreation, creating a state park, enhancing water quality, entrepreneurship and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, People & Communities, Water,

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission: Working Waterfront Workshop

(2014) Virginia’s coastal communities have a long history of active, bustling waterfronts that host  a variety of businesses oriented to commercial and recreational fishermen, boaters, the seafood industry, and other water-dependent jobs. The Virginia Coastal Program is developing a plan to help preserve working waterfronts, enhance their economic viability and ensure continued contributions to the fabric of life in the Commonwealth’s coastal zone. The Working Waterfront Workshop in Spring 2014 focused on defining what working waterfronts are, developing consistent inventories, and framing... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Water, Local Government,

Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit

State faith, conservation, science, and public policy leaders gathered on November 19, 2013, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond for "Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit” to discuss stewardship of rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay." The summit brought together a diversity of people to examine water quality through the lens of faith, establish partnerships, and discover collaborative ways to restore and protect our living waters. The all-day forum included presentations from guest speakers followed by group... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Sea Grant: Design Competition Facilitation

(2014) Virginia Sea Grant’s (VSG) annual symposium in Spring 2014 planned a discussion session around the idea of launching a formal design competition for structural and land use approaches to sea level rise in Virginia. Virginia’s coastal zone is at great risk from sea level rise, ranking second in the nation behind New Orleans. In other states, design competitions have been used successfully to help local governments visualize the problems, and provide a political impetus for making changes to plan for sea level rise. With funding from VSG, IEN worked with the session leaders to design... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Public Participation, Water, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

Local Government Capacity Building Grants Facilitation

(2012) In the fall of 2012, the IEN began work with three communities in Virginia and one community in West Virginia that received grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to address local stormwater issues. The IEN is currently writing case studies for each project that will assist communities with similar characteristics when developing policies and projects related to stormwater. Petersburg The City of Petersburg is developing a water quality master plan to ensure compliance with state stormwater regulations. With funds from the NFWF grant, Petersburg... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Department of Health: Waterworks Regulations

(2014) With planning beginning in January, a contract finalized in May, and five meetings held between August and November 2014, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Drinking Water convened a stakeholder group of 31 individuals to make recommendations for updating drinking water regulations for the Commonwealth of Virginia. RAP members were selected by ODW. Membership represented diverse interests across the state, including local utilities, private providers, advocates for low-income housing, and others. The Waterworks Regulations Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) process was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Water, State Government,

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel

(2014) The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel project has been in the works for many years and is ongoing. The Institute has provided occasional support, ranging from facilitating a few stakeholder meetings, to developing a written report of the history of the Tunnel and efforts to bring it to life, to helping students provide support to Nelson County and the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation with class projects. The mission of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is the restoration and preservation of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel as a valuable historical asset... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Community Decisions for Watershed Planning

(2007 - 2011) Watershed nutrient imbalances pose risks to water quality. Improved decision aids and processes could reduce costs of achieving water quality protection goals by aiding watershed stakeholders in evaluating nutrient management strategies. The proposed project integrated research, extension, and education missions to develop and test a group decision aid, Community DECISIONS, with which watershed stakeholders can rank strategies to address imbalances of nutrient imports and exports.  Project objectives were to: 1) develop the Community DECISIONS group decision aid; 2) apply and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Research, Public Participation, Water, Land, Educational Institutions,

Virginia Rural Health Plan

(2012 - 2013) The 2013 Virginia Rural Health Plan was created to improve health opportunities and health outcomes in rural Virginia, and to reduce disparities between rural, urban, regional, racial, and other population groups. In 2012 and 2013, the IEN collaborated with the Virginia Rural Health Association, the Virginia Public Health Association, and the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to conduct a series of surveys, interviews, public meetings, and conferences. The partners that gathered input from stakeholders identified these six health... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, Nonprofit Organizations,

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