Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions


The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) is a public service organization of the University of Virginia. IEN has 35 years experience as facilitators and mediators helping agencies, nonprofits, and businesses make decisions using a collaborative approach. IEN works on challenging and innovative projects to ensure that communities are sustained ecologically, socially, and economically.

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In January, 2019 work began on the University of Virginia's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (MEL). We are proud that IEN's Frank Dukes was part of the design team for this momentous project. Learn more here