Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Health & Food

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,

Health Impacts Assessment: Poultry Litter to Energy Facility

(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 →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Health & Food, Educational Institutions,

Improving Washington & Old Dominion Trail Safety: A Stakeholder Workshop

(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 →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Radiation Safety Advisory Committee

(2005) IEN facilitated a discussion between the members of the Radiation Safety Advisory Committee, appointed jointly by the governor and VDH, about the role and authority of the committee. Concerns included: Virginia becoming an agreement state to administer federal radiation program as well as the roles and responsiblitities of the committee and VDH as they work together on a range of radiation safety topics.

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Health & Food, State Government,

Southern Tobacco Communities Project

(1994 - 2001) With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the IEN helped to find ways of navigating around the devastating cuts suffered by tobacco farming families, while mitigating the harm caused by tobacco products. During this process, farmers, health advocates, and community development advocates reached agreements about the uses of funding from the settlement announced between the tobacco companies and the states. In Virginia, these discussions produced legislation as farmers and health advocates joined together in an unprecedented alliance to craft a plan to fund... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, 2000s, Dialogue, People & Communities, Health & Food, Nonprofit Organizations,

St. Marys, Georgia Historic Waterfront

(1994) IEN brought together the National Park Service, the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, local officials, and residents to formulate a cohesive plan to revitalize St. Marys historic waterfront and to better accommodate visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, People & Communities, Health & Food, State Government,

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