Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Public Participation

Founding of the Virginia Food System Council

(2007-2012) The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), working in partnership with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension, convened and facilitated the first meeting of the Virginia Food System Council in the spring of 2009. The goal of this meeting, based on the efforts of the Food System Working Group that had formed in November 2007, was to found the Virginia Food System Council as a more permanent entity with the mission of developing, promoting, coordinating, and implementing a “complete, robust, viable food system that ensures all Virginians have regular access to fresh, safe... Continue reading →

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

Health Impacts Assessment: Poultry Litter to Energy Facility

(2012) A new project was proposed in the Shenandoah Valley to build a facility north of Harrisonburg that would convert poultry litter to energy. As part of the preliminary ground work to gather information on possible health impacts of the project, the VCU Center on Human Needs was asked in 2012 to conduct a Health Impact Assessment Analysis (HIA) of this proposed project to engage community members in gathering information as part of the Health Impact Assessment. The IEN was contracted, with facilitation assistance from Dialogue + Design Associates, to facilitate the stakeholder... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Health & Food, Educational Institutions,

Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Redevelopment

One of the United States’ most beautiful places is also the home of one of its most shameful episodes. Bainbridge Island, home to some twenty-three thousand people, has gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. On March 30, 1942, 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children of Japanese ancestry – more than half of whom were United States citizens – began their long trek into betrayal, as they left the island under armed guard to what was for them an unknown destination. These were the first of more than 120,000 citizens and immigrants... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, People & Communities, Federal Government,

Hagerstown Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Project

(2002 - 2003) The Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Project was established as an eight-month, community-based reuse planning process funded by a pilot grant from EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI). The process was managed by a community Land Use Committee, an 18-member body that met nine times and interacted with the larger community during a series of three public meetings. The City of Hagerstown's Planning Department served as the project's sponsor and developed an impact analysis of reuse alternatives at the site. The project's consultant team, planning group E2 Inc.... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Consensus Building, Land, Local Government,

Eastern Planning Initiative

(2001) The IEN assisted a transportation project for the greater Charlottesville areas, with a focus on the eastern portion to Zion's Crossroads. The project was led by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, which received a two-year Transportation, Community, and System Preservation grant to develop a regional integrated land use and transportation plan for the counties of Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville. The project was unusual in that it attempted modeling and visioning not for the typical 20 years, but for the next 50 years. IEN's role was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Land, Local Government,

Innovative Integrated Land Use and Transportation Planning

(1999 - 2001) The IEN assisted a two-year transportation project for the greater Charlottesville area, with a focus on the eastern portion to Zion's Crossroads. The project was led by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, which received a two-year Transportation, Community, and System Preservation grant to develop a regional integrated land use and transportation plan for the counties of Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville. The project was unusual in that it attempted modeling and visioning not for the typical 20 years, but for the next 50 years.... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Land, Local Government,

Virginia Land Conservation Conference

(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 →

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, Educational Institutions,

Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Involvement for a New Courts Complex

(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 →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Public Involvement for Virginia Forest Legacy

(2000) The IEN facilitated the public participation process for Virginia's new Forest Legacy initiative. Virginia was one of the first southern states to initiate the Forest Legacy program, which was developed to purchase conservation easements for important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Led by the Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Legacy will be an important tool for preserving Virginia's forests during the anticipated growth in coming years. An intensive public participation process was used to establish the priorities and eligibility criteria for the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Land, State Government,

Fairfax Cub Run Watershed Plan

(2004 - 2005) IEN convened and facilitated a community advisory committee, and facilitated public involvement workshops on watershed issues, development of possible solutions, proposed projects and plans, and finalizing the watershed plan. Watershed plan: link to Fairfax website

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Consensus Building, Water, Local Government,

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