Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Time Period: Current

Health Equity and Access Region (HEAR)

Albemarle-Buckingham-Fluvanna-Nelson-Esmont-Scottsville region IEN is working with a multi-stakeholder group to design and test a replicable multi-sector rural health convening process that will enable medical/healthcare providers and social, faith-based, and other nonmedical organizations to define and characterize a particular regional population for collaborative research and experimentation in population health. This process will do the following: Produce a rural health network map that makes visible (1) the geographic footprint of the social organizations that shape the local rural... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, People & Communities, Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

UVA Symposium – Our Evolving Food System: From Slavery to Sovereignty

The University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) is excited to announce an upcoming Bicentennial Symposium event -- Our EvolvingFood System: from Slavery to Sovereignty -- to occur on October 17 and 18, 2018. Event registration is now open!  All... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Health & Food, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT)

The Goal of The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT) To help Virginia’s coastal localities improve resilience to flooding and other coastal storm hazards while remaining economically and socially viable.  What is The RAFT? The RAFT is a “full service” tool to assist coastal localities to increase their resilience. Coastal resilience is the capacity to anticipate threats, reduce the community’s vulnerability, repond to, and recover from hazardous events and chronic stresses. A community can be vulnerable not only due to their physical location and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,

Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force

 Photos courtesy of Stacey Evans (left) and Nina Morris (right). The IEN is working with the Sustainable Food Strategy task force to implement the University of Virginia's Sustainability Plan (2016-2020) goals relating to food. Now entering its second year of work, the task force is chaired by Andrea Trimble, Sustainability Director, and facilitated by Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director of IEN, and includes a broad array of representatives concerned and interested in food and its impacts:... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Health & Food, Educational Institutions,

Transforming Community Spaces: Bending the Arc of Memory Towards Healing and Justice

All over the world we see increasing conflicts over monuments, memorials, building names, and other sites identified with histories of harm such as violence, slavery, colonialism, and environmental disaster. Communities everywhere are struggling over whether to leave such spaces alone, alter, or reclaim them in entirely new ways. IEN’s Transforming Community Spaces (TCS) project, founded in 2016 to address these challenges, has had an active year in no small part thanks to contributions from several representatives from UVA's School of Architecture.  IEN convened two meetings of the TCS ... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, People & Communities,

Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

At the September 2016 meeting of the Board of Visitors, the design team of Höweler + Yoon, Mabel Wilson, Gregg Bleam and Associates, and IEN's Frank Dukes was approved to design the Memorial for Enslaved Workers at the University of Virginia. In June 2017, following extensive meetings with community groups, the design team’s conceptual design was approved by the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,

University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE): Confronting the Legacy of Slavery, Segregation, and Discrimination at the University of Virginia

The University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) began in 2007 as an effort to help the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville area communities work together to understand the University’s history of slavery, segregation, and discrimination and to find ways to address and repair the legacy of those harms.  UCARE participants represent a broad cross-section of community members and University students, staff and faculty. Our efforts at working across sometimes polarized divides represent positive steps towards truth, understanding, repair and authentic relationship and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities,

Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

The Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a program for emerging leaders confronted with Virginia's most pressing natural resource issues who seek new skills in conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. VNRLI is comprised of six sessions held over nine months in regions across Virginia, during which Fellows learn about the important environmental issues facing our state through a combination of mini-lectures, experiential exercises, stakeholder panel discussions, and field trips. You can find more information about the program... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Training, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Water,

National Preservation Institute: Conflict Management & Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers

(2006 - Present) The National Preservation Institute continues to feature IEN as trainer for three-day intensive seminars on conflict resolution and prevention. Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can be more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes to identify and resolve problems during consultation. Through interactive exercises and role plays, participants learn the skills needed to frame the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,