Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Time Period: 1990S

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,

Mt. Rogers Recreational Management

(1999) Working closely with the U.S. Forest Service at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, IEN developed and facilitated the public involvement process for "Step One" of the "Limits of Acceptable Change Process," which is a systematic nine-step process for wilderness planning which elicits stakeholder guidance at critical planning junctures. The IEN facilitated the first two public meetings and developed a report which identified and summarized the major themes of stakeholder concern.

Categorized as: 1990s, Public Participation, Land, Federal Government,

Shenandoah National Park Related Land Study

(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.

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

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,

Virginia State Generic Management Plan for Pesticides and Ground Water

(1988 - 1992)  IEN facilitated a year-long process for a task force composed of twelve Virginia state agencies to develop a state plan for protecting ground water from pesticides.

Categorized as: 1980s, 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, State 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,

Conservation of Land and Open Space

(1998) IEN convened and facilitated a series of meetings of key stakeholders to find creative ways to preserve open land in Virginia. Several mechanisms were identified which might establish a steady source of funding for conservation easements and conservation land acquisition. These meetings led to the development of the Conservation Land Coalition, which successfully lobbied for the passage of state legislation that establishes a state fund to purchase conservation easements.

Categorized as: 1990s, Strategic Planning, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

Development of Model Wellhead Ordinance

(1998) At the request of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), IEN developed a \"Model Wellhead Protection\" implementation package. The package included model plans, ordinances, and outreach programs for Virginia localities. Numerous communities have since requested this package and have used the model plans to assist their local planning.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

Onsite Septic System Regulatory Negotiation

(1998) The IEN conducted a regulatory negotiation to develop regulations under Virginia SB 415 for the privatization of soil Analysis for onsite septic systems. At the request of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), IEN convened the stakeholder advisory group which developed consensus recommendations for a new program. From a broad perspective, issues raised in the negotiation concerned land use management and planning, septic systems, ground water protection, and the privatization of soil analysis. The IEN facilitated the meetings, developed meeting summaries and reports, conducted... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

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