Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Public Participation

Clinch River Valley Initiative

The Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) is a pioneering effort to build local economies in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, focusing on the Clinch River Valley—one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America. Working at a watershed scale with several local partners, this grassroots effort has developed significant support and momentum throughout the region. Utilizing a consensus-based approach, project partners have developed goals for connecting downtown revitalization, outdoor recreation, creating a state park, enhancing water quality, entrepreneurship and environmental... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, People & Communities, Water,

Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit

State faith, conservation, science, and public policy leaders gathered on November 19, 2013, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond for "Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit” to discuss stewardship of rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay." The summit brought together a diversity of people to examine water quality through the lens of faith, establish partnerships, and discover collaborative ways to restore and protect our living waters. The all-day forum included presentations from guest speakers followed by group... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Local Government Capacity Building Grants Facilitation

(2012) In the fall of 2012, the IEN began work with three communities in Virginia and one community in West Virginia that received grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to address local stormwater issues. The IEN is currently writing case studies for each project that will assist communities with similar characteristics when developing policies and projects related to stormwater. Petersburg The City of Petersburg is developing a water quality master plan to ensure compliance with state stormwater regulations. With funds from the NFWF grant, Petersburg... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel

(2014) The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel project has been in the works for many years and is ongoing. The Institute has provided occasional support, ranging from facilitating a few stakeholder meetings, to developing a written report of the history of the Tunnel and efforts to bring it to life, to helping students provide support to Nelson County and the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation with class projects. The mission of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is the restoration and preservation of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel as a valuable historical asset... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Community Decisions for Watershed Planning

(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 →

Categorized as: 2010s, Research, Public Participation, Water, Land, Educational Institutions,

Virginia Rural Health Plan

(2012 - 2013) The 2013 Virginia Rural Health Plan was created to improve health opportunities and health outcomes in rural Virginia, and to reduce disparities between rural, urban, regional, racial, and other population groups. In 2012 and 2013, the IEN collaborated with the Virginia Rural Health Association, the Virginia Public Health Association, and the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to conduct a series of surveys, interviews, public meetings, and conferences. The partners that gathered input from stakeholders identified these six health... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, Nonprofit Organizations,

Founding of the Virginia Food System Council

(2007-2012) The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), working in partnership with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension, convened and facilitated the first meeting of the Virginia Food System Council in the spring of 2009. The goal of this meeting, based on the efforts of the Food System Working Group that had formed in November 2007, was to found the Virginia Food System Council as a more permanent entity with the mission of developing, promoting, coordinating, and implementing a “complete, robust, viable food system that ensures all Virginians have regular access to fresh, safe... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, Nonprofit Organizations,

Health Impacts Assessment: Poultry Litter to Energy Facility

(2012) A new project was proposed in the Shenandoah Valley to build a facility north of Harrisonburg that would convert poultry litter to energy. As part of the preliminary ground work to gather information on possible health impacts of the project, the VCU Center on Human Needs was asked in 2012 to conduct a Health Impact Assessment Analysis (HIA) of this proposed project to engage community members in gathering information as part of the Health Impact Assessment. The IEN was contracted, with facilitation assistance from Dialogue + Design Associates, to facilitate the stakeholder... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Health & Food, Educational Institutions,

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,

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