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(2015) Located on the James River, the City of Richmond has initiated a project--with facilitation by IEN and project coordination by the West Cary Group--to create an integrated and supported strategy resulting in cleaner, faster water sourcing. The City has started a process which ultimate goal is to develop an integrated water permit combining a number of programs, currently siloed and lack coordination, into one plan. As such, the City believes this is the first voluntary effort of its kind in the nation. A key element is two stakeholder groups operating in parallel to help shape the... Continue reading →
(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 →
(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 →
(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 →
(2015-Present) IEN is conducting an assessment of stakeholder experiences with Phase I and Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) developed by states and the District of Columbia as part of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) accountability framework. Over 100 conversations with stakeholders will inform answers to the following questions: What aspects of the Phase I and II WIP process facilitated implementation? What topics does the Phase III WIP process need to address more directly? How may Phase III WIPs and the oversight of implementation better engage... Continue reading →
(2012) IEN worked with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to facilitate separate discussions for the MS4 General Permit RAP, the Construction General Permit RAP, and the Nutrient Trading RAP. The goals of the negotations were: to ensure that all RAP members have an opportunity to be heard and are able to contribute to discussions, to determine key issues of concern to RAP members and facilitate discussions of how proposed regulatory amendments address those concerns, and to help identify consensus and remaining differences concerning draft proposed regulations.
(2011) - 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... Continue reading →
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 →
The Central Appalachia Food Heritage project (CAFH), working with local and regional partners, is a collaborative, community-based effort that helps to build knowledge about the foodways of central Appalachia, and cultivate opportunities to build community vibrancy and thriving local economies. The CAFH project is a new effort, and the goals and activities are evolving with input from project partners. We welcome your ideas, participation, and suggestions as this project develops.