Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Time Period: 2000S

Virginia Water Monitoring Council Strategic Planning

(2000) During its second year, the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) began a strategic planning process and identified near-term goals for the organization.  The VWMC developed working committees, organized and initiated an on-going inventory of water-monitoring activities in the state, and developed a survey to determine the needs of organizations involved in monitoring throughout the state.  IEN facilitated this Strategic Planning process.

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

Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Redevelopment

One of the United States’ most beautiful places is also the home of one of its most shameful episodes. Bainbridge Island, home to some twenty-three thousand people, has gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. On March 30, 1942, 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children of Japanese ancestry – more than half of whom were United States citizens – began their long trek into betrayal, as they left the island under armed guard to what was for them an unknown destination. These were the first of more than 120,000 citizens and immigrants... Continue reading →

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

Regulatory Negotiation and Consensus Building for Onsite Septic System Regulations

(2000) With facilitation by the IEN, a twenty-two member Advisory Committee met for six all-day meetings to discuss and debate how best to protect public health, minimize the need for remedial action, and reduce permitting delays for Virginia's onsite septic system permitting and inspection program. Following a charge by the General Assembly to privatize the onsite septic system program, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) had been grappling with the difficult issues associated with privatization of functions that required continued public oversight. The Committee developed a consensus... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, State Government,

Town of Shenandoah National Pilot Brownfields Redevelopment

(1999 - 2000) The Town of Shenandoah lies just below Shenandoah National Park. A Brownfields Assessment Pilot grant, finalized in October 1998, provided $200,000 to help the town determine  any contamination present in the soil or groundwater of the 65-acre \"Big Gem\" site, where an iron furnace had long ago ceased operations, and to create a cleanup and redevelopment plan. To structure the process, the EPA offered the help of the Harrisonburg Community Mediation Center and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation to the Town of Shenandoah. For the two year process that followed, IEN... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, Federal Government,

Training and Community Solutions

(2004) Communities throughout Virginia face many complex challenges such as water supply, transportation, affordable housing, community safety, and growthToo often efforts to address these problems fail because individuals and agencies are working in isolation from one another.  Public officials and civic-minded community members find few forums that bring people together to seek common and higher ground; indeed, the formal structure of public hearings and judicial and administrative appeals often exacerbates rather than resolves conflict.  Utilizing a... Continue reading →

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

Hagerstown Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Project

(2002 - 2003) The Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Project was established as an eight-month, community-based reuse planning process funded by a pilot grant from EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI). The process was managed by a community Land Use Committee, an 18-member body that met nine times and interacted with the larger community during a series of three public meetings. The City of Hagerstown's Planning Department served as the project's sponsor and developed an impact analysis of reuse alternatives at the site. The project's consultant team, planning group E2 Inc.... Continue reading →

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

Abrams/Opequon TMDL Implementation Plan Consensus Building

(2006) Provided facilitation assistance to the twenty person Abrams/Opequon TMDL Implementation Steering Committee in Winchester and Frederick County (Virginia), in partnership with Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. The process involved helping plan and facilitate five Abrams/Opequon TMDL Steering Committee meetings throughout 2005 and 2006. It also involved planning and conducting three public workshops, averaging approximately 40 participants each, in conjunction with the Abrams/Opequon Steering Committee in the summer of 2006. The Abrams/Opequon TMDL implementation plan was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

Crozet Master Plan

(2001 - 2003) This master plan for growth would build Crozet from a population under 5,000 to a developed community of 12,000 by implementing \"Neighborhood Model\" development, the county's recently adopted format for mixed-use pedestrian oriented development focused on a hierarchy of centers. The project involved a series of well attended public meetings, discussions with the Crozet Neighborhood Associations, and an active website. IEN's role was to design a system for acheiving consensus and advising throughout the process about stakeholder interaction. Outcome: The Master Plan was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, Local 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,

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,

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