Subject Expertise: People & Communities
(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 →
(2003-2004) Funded by a NAFCM grant to the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution (VACCR) , IEN developed a training for community mediation centers and their experienced mediators to build their capacity to facilitate complex multi-party community issues. IEN conducted 2-day workshops for 8 centers in Virginia, and many of these centers implemented these skills to facilitate local community issues.
(1992 - 1993) Supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and W. Alton Jones Foundation, IEN led a consensus building effort involving a diverse group of stakeholders to advise the Virginia DEQ on developing policy for using the Waste Tire Fund.
(1997-1998) IEN facilitated a series of meetings, including a stakeholder meeting, the official public hearing on a proposed draft rule, five days of meetings in Texas, a national meeting focused on public comment from state and Indian Nation representatives, and a series of meetings for the Section 403 regulations, to define \"hazard\" levels of lead content in lead-based paint, as well as in various other lead-containing substances.
(1992) IEN facilitated a series of public meetings involving stakeholder groups working to explore the purposes and uses of a controversial proposed study of the Shenandoah National Park's natural and cultural resources.
(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.
(1999) IEN conducted a one-day training program, convened by the Resource Conservation & Development Council, on \"Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building\" for a variety of leaders on the Eastern Shore.
(1999) IEN conducted a one-day workshop/ strategic planning session for the board of the North Carolina Tobacco Control State Coalition. The focus of this session was on creating shared expectations for seeking higher ground in decision-making and resolving conflict among coalition members and leaders.
(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.
(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 →