Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Time Period: Current

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,

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,

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,

Richmond Integrated Water Permit

RVAH2O.org is an initiative of the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities to educate the community about ways to keep its waterways pollution-free, and the importance of integrating drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater under one watershed management program, so that together, the City can achieve "cleaner water faster." IEN is working with the City Department of Public Utilities,... Continue reading →

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

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,

Clinch River Valley Initiative

(2010 - Present) 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... Continue reading →

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