Time Period: 2010S
(2012) IEN facilitated a capacity building and partnership initiative with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Maryland local governments.On the premise that healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can most successfully be achieved in partnership with local government, IEN led a process to address the greatest threat to Maryland's natural resources and the critical ecosystem support functions they provide, watershed use change. The goal to develop a pro-active approach to strategically target DNR assistance to protect the most ecologically valuable resources threatened... Continue reading →
Trees are no longer just for communities that can afford to plant them, but are now considered essential medicine for community health and wellbeing. They are controlling stormwater, cleaning our air and water, providing green spaces for children to play and walk to schools, improving community mood, diminishing autism and ADHD, and improving the health of our natural environment. This vision is at the heart of the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action... Continue reading →
(2011) Led by the CBF/Choose Clean Water Coalition, a multi-state multi-organization partnership conducted annual assessments—interim appraisals that reviewed progress, estimated pending success or failure, and offered recommendations for mid-term adjustments, and final assessments that assessed states’ and EPA’s efforts to meet Milestone goals for the Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). Development of these assessments occurred collaboratively. Stage I of the project focused on convening project partners to build a consensus for methodology, a strategy for communication, and a... Continue reading →
(2014) The Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension offers an annual day-long workshop on leadership that features an author and a skill-building training related to the author’s area of expertise. For the 2014 workshop, IEN’s Frank Dukes was approached to provide a presentation about his book,Reaching for Higher Ground, and to develop a skill-building training related to these concepts. Dukes worked with colleague Tanya Denckla Cobb to deliver a dynamic, interactive training in which participants worked on ways to better engage their own communities in reaching for higher ground.
(2007) The trainings assisted government officials in understanding the possibilities for using collaborative processes in community-wide disputes and public policy situations. In addition, the trainings broadened the capacity of local mediators to facilitate public policy disputes and situations. Working with local mediation centers, the organizers from IEN invited to these regional trainings public officials, the business community, community nonprofits, and religious leaders from the region to participate in a half-day session designed for the public. IEN trained the mediators for a day... Continue reading →
(2014) The Elizabeth River Eastern Branch Strategy is being developed by multiple stakeholders within the Elizabeth River watershed. The Institute, working with the Elizabeth River Project, served as facilitator throughout the project, including four large group meetings. After creating the vision below, the group reached consensus on a series of goals and actions intended to identify and address contamination, restore wildlife habitat, and engage the public. The initial planning phase was completed in August 2014, with implementation expected to take a number of years. A healthy, enduring... Continue reading →
(2012) IEN facilitated in 2012 a multi-stakeholder consensus building effort involving diverse stakeholders in the Upper South River watershed. Stakeholders were charged with developing a mission and vision for the watershed, and identifying a structure for watershed stewardship. Working closely with three project partners, IEN designed a three-meeting process that would accommodate the partner budget, and allowed partners to do much of the work. IEN provided coaching and guidance for partner interviews with stakeholders during the assessment phase, developed the meeting agenda and process,... Continue reading →
(2014) With planning beginning in January, a contract finalized in May, and five meetings held between August and November 2014, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Drinking Water convened a stakeholder group of 31 individuals to make recommendations for updating drinking water regulations for the Commonwealth of Virginia. RAP members were selected by ODW. Membership represented diverse interests across the state, including local utilities, private providers, advocates for low-income housing, and others. The Waterworks Regulations Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) process was... Continue reading →
(2007 - 2011) Watershed nutrient imbalances pose risks to water quality. Improved decision aids and processes could reduce costs of achieving water quality protection goals by aiding watershed stakeholders in evaluating nutrient management strategies. The proposed project integrated research, extension, and education missions to develop and test a group decision aid, Community DECISIONS, with which watershed stakeholders can rank strategies to address imbalances of nutrient imports and exports. Project objectives were to: 1) develop the Community DECISIONS group decision aid; 2) apply and... Continue reading →
(2011) IEN designed and facilitated a curriculum workshop at Virginia Tech. We worked with the co-Program Directors to develop an agenda that will address participant issues, and developing a synthesis of the workshop results and follow-up actions. The first workshop will identified key learning objectives, ways to enhance student outcomes, and resources needed and available. The second workshop gave give these concepts “legs” by translating them into a functional, skeletal curriculum.