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,

Wisconsin Gypsy Moth Control

(1994) Through a series of mediated discussions, IEN assisted the U.S. Forest Service and two state agencies responsible for the gypsy moth population control program to reconcile funding and administrative issues.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Land, 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,

Chip Mill Assessment

(1999) The IEN was asked by the Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee on the Impact of Satellite Chip Mills to conduct an assessment of the issues and prospective actions concerning chip mills in Virginia. IEN staff interviewed stakeholders and researched events and findings in other states. These results were presented to the Subcommittee along with some suggestions for ways in which the they might proceed.

Categorized as: 1990s, Research, Land, State Government,

Tobacco Communities Roundtable

(1994 - 1995)  IEN served as a convener and facilitator for an innovative project that brought together health advocates and tobacco growing interests in Virginia. Over a sixteen month process, participants discussed various strategies for economic diversification, economic development, and improvements in the production and marketing of tobacco, concluding with a pivotal presentation to the Virginia Joint Legislative Study Subcommittee on Alternative Strategies for Assisting Tobacco Farmers.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Consensus Building for Richmond's Bryan Park Area

(1998 - 1999) In a two-year effort, the IEN facilitated and mediated a consensus building effort for the Bryan Park Interchange Advisory Committee (BPIAC). BPIAC was convened by the Virginia Department of Transportation to provide citizen input on how it would deal with the increasingly congested intersection of I-95 and I-64 through the next 20 years. The project is seen by some as a new experiment in the way VDOT engages citizens in public involvement. BPIAC concluded its work in October 1999 with a consensus report, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth in its breadth and scope. The... Continue reading →

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

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Airport

(1992 - 1993) Working with representatives from the University of North Carolina, local governments, citizen groups, and aviation advocacy organizations, IEN convened a group to address operational and relocation options related to a University-owned airport.

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

Shenandoah National Park: Big Meadows Management Strategy

(1999) IEN planned and mediated a one-day session for management staff of the Shenandoah National Park, which resulted in the development of a management strategy for the Big Meadows area on Skyline Drive. Issues involved how to address multiple concerns for preserving the historical, cultural, and rare natural resources at Big Meadows while being sensitive to needs and anticipated views of the visiting public. The management strategy was subsequently implemented.

Categorized as: 1990s, Strategic Planning, Land, Federal Government,

Chatahoochee National Forest, Georgia

(1993) IEN convened a group of diverse stakeholders and mediated a meeting charged with exploring mutually acceptable alternatives to the proposed timber projects in a sensitive 14,000 acre area.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Land, Federal Government,

Fluvanna Heritage Planning Forum

(1999) In what is thought to be the first effort to establish a community heritage partnership in Virginia, nearly 200 citizens gathered for a full day in Palmyra, Virginia to talk about how Fluvanna County's historical, natural and cultural heritage could be protected for future generations. The project was initiated by the Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) with a grant from the National Park Service. The IEN worked closely with a citizen steering committee to plan and convene the Fluvanna Heritage Forum and provided facilitators and recorders for the Forum's ten working groups. The... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Land, Local Government,

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