Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Clients: State Government

Strategic Planning for the Virginia Coastal Program

(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Water, People & Communities, State Government,

The Virginia Mental Health Insurance Parity Task Force

(1995) Mediated a multi-party stakeholder task force that was created to deal with contentious proposed mental health insurance legislation.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, State Government,

Virginia Waste Tire End-User Reimbursement Advisory Committee

(1992 - 1993)  Supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and W. Alton Jones Foundation, IEN led a consensus building effort involving a diverse group of stakeholders to advise the Virginia DEQ on developing policy for using the Waste Tire Fund.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, State Government,

Virginia State Generic Management Plan for Pesticides and Ground Water

(1988 - 1992)  IEN facilitated a year-long process for a task force composed of twelve Virginia state agencies to develop a state plan for protecting ground water from pesticides.

Categorized as: 1980s, 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, State Government,

King William Reservoir Impact Mitigation

(2006) IEN assisted the City of Newport News and the Virginia-recognized Mattaponi, Upper Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes with the mitigation of impacts to culturally important sites affected by the proposed King William Reservoir.

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, State Government,

Roundtable on Sustainable Forests

(1999 - 2003) The IEN assisted the Meridian Institute to coordinate a process chaired by the US Forest Service that was measuring sustainable forestry practices in the United States. The Roundtable for Sustainable Forests used an internationally developed set of seven criteria and 67 indicators of sustainable forests. The IEN assisted with facilitating a communications and outreach committee, facilitating Roundtable meetings and workshops, and developing communication materials in collaboration with project partners. The outcomes from these workshops was used to develop a national report on... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Land, State Government,

South Carolina Wetlands Steering Committee

(1989-1990) A collaborative negotiation process facilitated by the IEN for over eighteen months, in which representatives of the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Environmental Concerns, home builders, wetland consultants, and industry leaders in forestry, mining and agriculture met monthly to develop recommendations for wetland permitting procedures.

Categorized as: 1980s, 1990s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

Uranium Mining Task Force

(1984 - 1985) The Uranium Mining Task Force was created by the Coal and Energy Commission of the Virginia state legislature in January 1984 to address the risk and economic consequences of allowing uranium mining in the state. The Task Force consisted of the heads of the seven state agencies having environmental responsibility, including: the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, the State Air Pollution Control Board, the State Water Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, the Department of Labor and Industry, and the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Energy, State Government,

St. Marys, Georgia Historic Waterfront

(1994) IEN brought together the National Park Service, the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, local officials, and residents to formulate a cohesive plan to revitalize St. Marys historic waterfront and to better accommodate visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Categorized as: 1980s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, People & Communities, Health & Food, State Government,

Wisconsin Gypsy Moth Control

(1994) Through a series of mediated discussions, IEN assisted the U.S. Forest Service and two state agencies responsible for the gypsy moth population control program to reconcile funding and administrative issues.

Categorized as: 1990s, Consensus Building, Land, State Government,