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Gloucester County Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise

(2012) Citizens and elected decision makers in Virginia’s coastal communities are increasingly eager to find ways to address sea level rise at the local level. Flooding caused by storms and storm surges is impacting areas that have never previously experienced flooding, as well as reaching new heights. Gloucester County, working with the U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation and the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, convened a special citizen advisory panel to help inform Gloucester County’s Comprehensive Plan and its approach to sea level rise. A Focus Group was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Eastern Shore Coastal Flooding Workshop: Historic and Future Sea Levels

(2012) Project partners applied for a Virginia Sea Grant following last year’s project: Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Resilience. The result of that project was a series of events entitled “Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Virginia Beach Listening Sessions,” which were hosted in four locations in Virginia Beach to foster a community discussion on the effects of sea level rise on property values, wildlife habitat, erosion, and other concerns. Building on this work, leaders in other coastal Virginia localities, including the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and the members of... Continue reading →

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

Virginia Beach Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise Policies

(2012) Citizens and elected decision-makers are ready and eager to find ways to tackle the difficult issue of how to plan for sea level rise. The results of four community listening sessions in 2011 on sea level rise in Virginia Beach indicate the urgency of the situation: 90% of participants believe that planning for sea level rise should be a priority for local government. Following a presentation to City Council in May 2011, Councilors shared their opinion that more information was needed on the public perception of sea level rise, specifically regarding solutions. This feedback served as... Continue reading →

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

Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Findings from the Virginia Beach Listening Sessions

The institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), in collaboration with Hampton Roads Planning Commission (HRPDC), Wetlands Watch (WW), Old Dominion University (ODU), and the City of Virginia Beach, facilitated a series of four public listening sessions in Virginia Beach in the spring of 2011. This initiative was a first for the state of Virginia and one of the few opportunities for public engagement on sea level rise that has occurred in the nation.  The primary goal of this pioneering effort was to provide a forum for residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas of Virginia Beach to... Continue reading →

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

Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

The Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a program for emerging leaders confronted with Virginia's most pressing natural resource issues who seek new skills in conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. VNRLI is comprised of six sessions held over nine months in regions across Virginia, during which Fellows learn about the important environmental issues facing our state through a combination of mini-lectures, experiential exercises, stakeholder panel discussions, and field trips. You can find more information about the program... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Training, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Water,

Regulatory Negotiation and Consensus Building for Onsite Septic System Regulations

(2000) With facilitation by the IEN, a twenty-two member Advisory Committee met for six all-day meetings to discuss and debate how best to protect public health, minimize the need for remedial action, and reduce permitting delays for Virginia's onsite septic system permitting and inspection program. Following a charge by the General Assembly to privatize the onsite septic system program, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) had been grappling with the difficult issues associated with privatization of functions that required continued public oversight. The Committee developed a consensus... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, State Government,

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,

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,

Town of Shenandoah National Pilot Brownfields Redevelopment

(1999 - 2000) The Town of Shenandoah lies just below Shenandoah National Park. A Brownfields Assessment Pilot grant, finalized in October 1998, provided $200,000 to help the town determine  any contamination present in the soil or groundwater of the 65-acre \"Big Gem\" site, where an iron furnace had long ago ceased operations, and to create a cleanup and redevelopment plan. To structure the process, the EPA offered the help of the Harrisonburg Community Mediation Center and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation to the Town of Shenandoah. For the two year process that followed, IEN... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, Federal Government,

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