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(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 →
(2011 - Present) This year over 400,000 Americans will die prematurely due to cigarette smoking. Globally, close to eight million more smokers will die too early. While some forms of noncombustible tobacco and other nicotine products have risks, it is generally recognized that these products are significantly lower in risk than cigarettes or other combusted products. The Institute for Environmental Negotiation has facilitated The Morven Dialogues on Tobacco, Nicotine and Alternative Products Harm Reduction since 2011. The Morven Dialogues give stakeholders and experts an opportunity... Continue reading →
(2014) The Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, spanning 45 miles from Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. into rural Loudoun County, is a popular recreational amenity, commuter corridor, equestrian path, and fitness resource for many diverse user groups. As the region has developed, the trail has become both more popular and more congested, posing numerous safety concerns. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA), which owns and manages the trail, contracted with IEN to plan and host a stakeholder workshop, with the goal of developing a set of priority... Continue reading →
(2011) Led by the CBF/Choose Clean Water Coalition, a multi-state multi-organization partnership conducted annual assessments—interim appraisals that reviewed progress, estimated pending success or failure, and offered recommendations for mid-term adjustments, and final assessments that assessed states’ and EPA’s efforts to meet Milestone goals for the Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). Development of these assessments occurred collaboratively. Stage I of the project focused on convening project partners to build a consensus for methodology, a strategy for communication, and a... Continue reading →
(2010) The George Washington National Forest was developing its next Forest Management Plan when two key stakeholders representing opposing interests of timber management and wilderness protection joined forces to try a different approach. Together, and with funding from other stakeholders, they hired IEN to design and facilitate an exploratory dialogue process. The stakeholders hoped that a collaborative approach would more successfully address the stakeholder interests than the typical forest management planning process, and that, working together, they could wield more influence in the... Continue reading →
(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 →
(2013 - 2014) Frank Dukes, Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), has spent the last year working as a visiting scholar at the Conflict Resolution & Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX), Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Besides interacting periodically with agency staff about the range of issues that the Corps of Engineers addresses, Frank and graduate interns have also assisted with the following projects: Developing the CPCX five-year strategic plan for 2014-2019; Developing ways of evaluating the Corps’ collaborative... Continue reading →
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(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 →