Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions


Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia: Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental Conflict

By E. Franklin Dukes and Susan F. Hirsch (2014: Ohio University Press) Residents of the Appalachian coalfields share a history and heritage, deep connections to the land, and pride in their own resilience. These same residents are also profoundly divided over the practice of mountaintop mining—that is, the removal and disposal in nearby valleys of soil and rock in order to reach underlying coal seams. Companies and some miners claim that the practice has reduced energy prices, earned income for shareholders, and provided needed jobs. Opponents of mountaintop mining argue that it... Continue reading →

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing What We Eat

Tanya Denckla Cobb (October 2011: Storey Publishing) A quiet revolution is taking place: People across the United States are turning toward local food. Some are doing it because they want more nutritious, less-processed food; some want to preserve the farmland and rural character of their regions; some fear interruptions to the supply of non-local food; some want to support their local economy; and some want safer food with less threat of contamination. But this revolution comes with challenges. Reclaiming Our Food tells the stories of people across America who are finding... Continue reading →

Reaching for Higher Ground

By E. Franklin Dukes, John Stephens, Marina Piscolish (2009: BookSurge Publishing) A hands-on manual for learning the leadership skills that take you beyond compromise to higher ground. In this visionary book, the authors present their challenging, innovative and principled approach to problem solving within groups. Reaching for Higher Ground is filled with the practical information and illustrative examples that group leaders and conflict resolution leaders would need to achieve extraordinary outcomes with any group. Reaching for Higher Ground In conflict... Continue reading →

Linking Theory to Practice: A Theory of Change Model of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute

The Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI), a leadership development program for capacity building in environmental decision-making, cultivates a cadre of leaders who address environmental problems collaboratively and creatively. Describing our theory of change model, this article introduces why and how the NRLI works, the theoretical perspectives that support the NRLI, and the outcomes that result when these theories are put into practice in North Carolina and Virginia. You can download the PDF ... Continue reading →

Collaboration: A Guide for Environmental Advocates (UVA, 2001)

The IEN, in partnership with the National Audubon Society and The Wilderness Society, has published a new handbook to assist environmental advocates in determining whether and how to effectively participate in collaborative decision-making. The 80-page guide, Collaboration: A Guide for Environmental Advocates, was written by IEN’s Frank Dukes and Karen Firehock and was funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The guide was conceived in response to the rapidly expanding use of collaborative processes to address environmental issues as well as to growing concerns... Continue reading →