Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: People & Communities

Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Involvement for a New Courts Complex

(1999-2000) The courts serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are outgrowing their current space, particularly the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court which needs immediate expansion of facilities. IEN staff worked with the Steering Committee assembled for this process to design and facilitate the public involvement meetings. The three meetings have been used to elicit community values, preferences, and ideas for siting and designing the new courts complex. Challenges included assessing historic preservation, economic impacts, public access, and ensuring a design... Continue reading →

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

Maryland Capacity Building in Collaborative Solutions

(2007) This project is networked Maryland court officials, local government officials, and community leaders with community mediators and private practice mediators. IEN provided the training in consensus building and collaboration for the group to help the government officials and mediators work collaboratively on community problem solving.

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

National Dialogue on Children and Nature

(2006) This event was prompted by concerns expressed in the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv about key disconnects between children and nature within four areas: health, media and culture, education and the urban and built environment. Some 350 educators, health professionals, and conservationists met for this event at the National Conservation Training Center. The meeting included Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall, The Conservation Fund's President Larry Selzer, Executive Director of the North American Montessori... Continue reading →

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

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,

Eastern Shore RC&D Training

(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.

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

North Carolina ASSIST Training

(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.

Categorized as: 1990s, 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,

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