Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Land

Community Decisions for Watershed Planning

(2007 - 2011) Watershed nutrient imbalances pose risks to water quality. Improved decision aids and processes could reduce costs of achieving water quality protection goals by aiding watershed stakeholders in evaluating nutrient management strategies. The proposed project integrated research, extension, and education missions to develop and test a group decision aid, Community DECISIONS, with which watershed stakeholders can rank strategies to address imbalances of nutrient imports and exports.  Project objectives were to: 1) develop the Community DECISIONS group decision aid; 2) apply and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Research, Public Participation, Water, Land, Educational Institutions,

George Washington National Forest Management Plan

(2010) The George Washington National Forest was developing its Management Plan for forests and working lands when two key stakeholders representing opposing interests of timber management and wilderness protection joined forces to try a different approach. Together, and with funding from other stakeholders, they hired IEN to design and facilitate an exploratory dialogue process. The stakeholders hoped that a collaborative approach would more successfully address the stakeholder interests than the typical forest management planning process, and that, working together, they could wield more... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Land, Business and Industry,Nonprofit Organizations,

Chesapeake Bay Roundtable: Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act

(1986-1987) IEN facilitated the Chesapeake Bay Land-Use Roundtable, an endeavor funded by the Virginia General Assembly and convened to develop consensus for a clear set of policies and programs to guide land use planning and development around the Bay. The recommendations resulting from the 18-month Roundtable served as a basis for the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. This work was the precursor to more than a dozen Bay-related projects for IEN and to its current work on coastal resilience in the Commonwealth.

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Land, Water, State Government,

Eco-Logical Pilot Project—Free Bridge Area Congestion Relief

(2014) The U.S. 250 link across the Rivanna River known locally as Free Bridge is a key connector for local and regional traffic, but the level of service for the 53,000 daily vehicles that cross it is already grossly inadequate and will be 25 percent worse by 2040. In response, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted an ecosystem-based approach to developing infrastructure project alternatives called “Eco-Logical” and secured a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant to fund a related... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

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,

National Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan

Trees are no longer just for communities that can afford to plant them, but are now considered essential medicine for community health and wellbeing. They are controlling stormwater, cleaning our air and water, providing green spaces for children to play and walk to schools, improving community mood, diminishing autism and ADHD, and improving the health of our natural environment. This vision is at the heart of the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Strategic Planning, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Sea Grant: Design Competition Facilitation

(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 →

Categorized as: Public Participation, Water, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

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,

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,

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel

(2014) The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel project has been in the works for many years and is ongoing. The Institute has provided occasional support, ranging from facilitating a few stakeholder meetings, to developing a written report of the history of the Tunnel and efforts to bring it to life, to helping students provide support to Nelson County and the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation with class projects. The mission of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is the restoration and preservation of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel as a valuable historical asset... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

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