Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Health & Food

Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

Established by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 73, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) is charged with advising the Executive Branch to help ensure that low-income and minority communities in Virginia do not bear a disproportionate environmental burden. ACEJ meetings are facilitated by IEN’s Director Tanya Denckla Cobb and other representatives of the Institute. The Council is comprised of 15 leaders from academia, business, public service, and non-governmental organizations, and will meet quarterly at locations across the state. Additional informationa... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry - Farm Winery Study

Based on a directive from the Virginia General Assembly, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry convened a stakeholder panel consisting of individuals representing 19 organizations with interests relating to Virginia farm wineries and activities. IEN’s role was to facilitate the stakeholder panel deliberations for developing recommendations. As part of this work, key IEN activities included: 1) development of an online constituency survey to identify key issues and concerns, as well as possible approaches to address issues and concerns, and 2) online research resulting in a compilation of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, State Government,

Virginia Rural Hospital and EMS Assessment

Hospitals and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers play a critical role in rural healthcare throughout Virginia, where needs are great in the face of limited resources. Two programs within the Virginia Department of Health (Office of Health Equity and Office of EMS) partnered to convene a stakeholder planning team and conduct regional listening sessions to hear about rural emergency care challenges and identify potential strategies for addressing those challenges. To assist the stakeholder team of emergency care providers, IEN conducted an online survey, facilitated seven regional... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, People & Communities, State Government,

Strengthening Nutrient Management Planning on Virginia's Farms

Through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, IEN worked with Sustainable Chesapeake in convening a stakeholder Nutrient Management Leadership Team to develop recommendations for enhancing farmer participation in the Virginia Department of Conservation Nutrient Management Program. The approach centered on a survey to query farmers, nutrient management planners and industry representatives on the strengths and challenges associated with the current programmatic approach. Based on survey responses, Team... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force

 Photos courtesy of Stacey Evans (left) and Nina Morris (right). The IEN is working with the Sustainable Food Strategy task force to implement the University of Virginia's Sustainability Plan (2016-2020) goals relating to food. Now entering its second year of work, the task force is chaired by Andrea Trimble, Sustainability Director, and facilitated by Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director of IEN, and includes a broad array of representatives concerned and interested in food and its impacts:... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Health & Food, Educational Institutions,

Central Appalachia Food Heritage Project

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.

Categorized as: Research, Health & Food, People & Communities,

Clinch River Valley Initiative

(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 →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, People & Communities, Water,

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,

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,

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