Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: People & Communities

National Forest Service Off Highway Vehicles Collaborative Planning Training

(2005-2006)  This set of workshops brought stakeholders together for collaborative planning of off-highway vehicle routes on National Forest lands. Workshops took place in, Missoula, MT, Flagstaff, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Sacramento, CA, Steamboat Springs, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and Bend OR. The training responded to a new US Forest Service travel planning rule that requires all National Forests to designate trails and routes and open spaces that are and are not open to motorized vehicles. IEN provided training in collaborative planning for the stakeholders representing different user groups... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Training, People & Communities, Federal Government,

ADR Training for Cultural and Natural Resource Preservation Issues

(2005) In May 2005, IEN was invited by the National Preservation Institute to develop a training for people who manage projects involving historical preservation and natural resources, including SHPOs, Transportation agencies, Business, Environmental nonprofits, and others. The 3-day training builds capacity for conflict resolution, negotiation and consensus building in projects involving the Section 106 and NEPA regulatory frameworks.

Categorized as: 2000s, Training, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Community-Based Collaboratives Research Consortium (CBCRC)

(1999-2005) Funded by Hewlett Foundation, the IEN coordinated a national research and outreach network to evaluate the potential value of CBCs, specifically how they do, and do not, satisfy the needs of communities, agencies, and organizations involved in protecting and managing natural resources. A \"Community-based collaborative\" is essentially a committee of stakeholders that seeks consensus agreements for management of a specific natural resource, most typically federally-owned lands. These collaboratives are gaining in popularity among communities who benefit from and utilize these... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Research, People & Communities,

VAPSS Strategic Plan

(2005)  IEN facilitated a strategic planning retreat for VAPSS board members and prepared a summary report of the VAPSS strategic plan. In preparation, IEN conducted interviews and prepared an assessment of issues.

Categorized as: 2000s, Strategic Planning, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Consensus Building for Watershed Planning

(2003 - 2004) IEN worked with ICMA to develop and conduct a webcast on \"Collaborative Problem Solving and Consensus Building: Effective Approaches for Watershed Protection and Restoration\" (April 2004); this was followed by a 2-day workshop in New Orleans on the same topic (November 2004).

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Southeast Natural Resource Leadership Institute (SE-NRLI)

(2003) Based on the success of the VNRLI program, a partnership among the IEN, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Forestry developed a new multistate Natural Resource Leadership Institute for the southeast. Funded in large part by the U.S. Forest Service, participation was opened to 13 states and 1 territory that comprise the USFS southeastern region. The SE-NRLI program was developed to focus on emerging regional issues and strategies for collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution. Anyone involved with regional environmental and land use issues in the southeast may... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Training, People & Communities, Federal Government,

South Carolina Land Use Training

(1999) IEN worked with the Community Rights Council to conduct a two-day training for local government officials of the Charleston area Council of Governments on land use conflict resolution tools.

Categorized as: 1990s, Training, People & Communities, Federal Government,

Research for the EPA Sustainable Challenge Grant

(1998)  The EPA funded a project that created a partnership among the EPA, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the IEN, to examine the question of what is meant by the word \"sustainable.\" The IEN evaluated and computer-coded over 600 grant applications for the EPA Sustainable Development Challenge Grant for analysis by the ELI. The research aimed to elucidate what \"sustainable\" means to grant applicants, and what are common elements of community sustainability as perceived by communities throughout the United States. Can a better definition of community sustainability be developed... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Research, People & Communities, Federal Government,

Strategic Planning for the Virginia Coastal Program

(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Water, People & Communities, State Government,

The Virginia Mental Health Insurance Parity Task Force

(1995) Mediated a multi-party stakeholder task force that was created to deal with contentious proposed mental health insurance legislation.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, State Government,

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