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(2014 - Present) Federal legislation requires that an Action Plan for America’s urban and community forests be developed every ten years. The next Plan, which will cover 2016-2026, is intended to guide the work of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) in its grant-making and advisory capacity, as well as the urban and community forestry (UCF) community of practice at all levels of work, from grassroots nonprofits to academic researchers, private practitioners and local and state governments. A core project team was assembled in April 2014 under the leadership of... Continue reading →
(2013) \"A Collaborative Summit: Protecting Water Quality Through Actions on Urban-Suburban Properties\" was held February 13-14, 2013 in Williamsburg. With 179 people attending, the Summit was a unique convening of a diverse group of interests, experiences, and perspectives from government, non-profit, research, education and private sectors. All assembled for two days to join forces to tackle one the most difficult but necessary water quality challenges for Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Region: achieving a widespread, accelerated use of watershed restoration and stormwater retrofit best... Continue reading →
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(2004) Communities throughout Virginia face many complex challenges such as water supply, transportation, affordable housing, community safety, and growth. Too often efforts to address these problems fail because individuals and agencies are working in isolation from one another. Public officials and civic-minded community members find few forums that bring people together to seek common and higher ground; indeed, the formal structure of public hearings and judicial and administrative appeals often exacerbates rather than resolves conflict. Utilizing a... Continue reading →
(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 →
(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 →
(2012) IEN facilitated in 2012 a multi-stakeholder consensus building effort involving diverse stakeholders in the Upper South River watershed. Stakeholders were charged with developing a mission and vision for the watershed, and identifying a structure for watershed stewardship. Working closely with three project partners, IEN designed a three-meeting process that would accommodate the partner budget, and allowed partners to do much of the work. IEN provided coaching and guidance for partner interviews with stakeholders during the assessment phase, developed the meeting agenda and process,... Continue reading →