Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Dialogue

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,

The Resilience & Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT)

Local coastal governments face daunting challenges related to sea level rise. Current and projected conditions affect residents, businesses, and key national security facilities, as well as public health, infrastructure and economic development. IEN is partnering with the William & Mary Virginia Coastal Policy Center and Old Dominion University to initiate a multi-university, inter-disciplinary academic partnership to create an assessment and response decision... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,

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

Few institutions and communities in the United States, if any, have ever fully confronted the truths and legacies of colonialism, slavery, and white supremacy. These constructs are often visually embedded in public art and spaces, reflecting cultural beliefs, institutionalized policies and practices that devalue African Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color.   For those who seek removal or other change, the public art and spaces are painful reminders of the violence and the injustices of colonialism, slavery and Jim Crow. For others, change is challenged as... 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. The design of a new memorial marks a critical moment to address the complex history of the University and of the country, and affirms UVA’s role as a leader in the national conversation about race, history and institutions. As a World Heritage Site and a cherished American landmark, UVA’s grounds require an... Continue reading →

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

Dan River Basin Community Stakeholder Team

On February 2, 2014 between 30,000 and 39,000 tons of coal ash and approximately 24 to 27 million gallons of ash pond water from the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station were released into the Dan River. As part of its response to this event, Duke Energy contracted with IEN to provide impartial process design and facilitation of a community Stakeholder Team to identify community concerns and seek community consensus for solutions that address the impacts of the coal ash release. The facilitation team also included Dr. Martha Walker of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). The Dan River Basin... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Business and Industry,

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) is dedicated to helping 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,

Campbell County Route 29 Corridor Planning Effort

The Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), located at U.Va., initiated a pilot project with Campbell County to test a Federal Highways collaborative planning framework, known as PlanWorks. The project's focus is a busy 6.6-mile stretch of Route 29 on the south side of Lynchburg, beginning at the southern city limit and extending to Colonial Highway (Route 24). This stretch of highway hosts multiple mixed uses and needs for residential, business, and large institutional access. IEN is... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,State Government,

James River Transmission Line

To meet increasing demand for power, and the requirement to reduce the possibilities for brownouts or other forms of outages, Dominion has proposed a new transmission line to cross the James River at historic Williamsburg. Key stakeholders are adamantly opposed to this proposal on the grounds that this will unalterably and irretrievably damage one of the nation’s most precious historic resources – the landscapes, vistas, and cultural resources in this historic region where colonists first settled. The resulting federally... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Water, Federal Government,

Loudoun Water/Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun County’s need for additional water resources continues to grow, leading the utility, Loudoun Water, to acquire the Beaverdam Reservoir. Beaverdam is first and foremost a source of public drinking water. Loudoun Water has partnered with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) to manage recreational activities and public access until the spring/summer of 2017. At that time it will close to complete needed repairs to the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Water, Local Government,

Gloucester County Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise

(2012) Citizens and elected decision makers in Virginia’s coastal communities are increasingly eager to find ways to address sea level rise at the local level. Flooding caused by storms and storm surges is impacting areas that have never previously experienced flooding, as well as reaching new heights. Gloucester County, working with the U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation and the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, convened a special citizen advisory panel to help inform Gloucester County’s Comprehensive Plan and its approach to sea level rise. A Focus Group was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

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