Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Current Projects

Ecological Restoration and Conservation Collaboratives (ERCC)

IEN won a prestigious contract from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to investigate and analyze what specific aspects of collaborative partnerships make a difference in terms of ecological restoration and conservation activities and outcomes. IEN’s work will be used by NFWF to guide the development of its funding priorities, to strategically invest in building the capacity of collaboratives to become more effective and to also support collaboratives that are likely to achieve the greatest success on the ground.   In December 2018 IEN began its work on this new qualitative... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Health Equity and Access in Rural Regions (HEARR)

IEN is working with a multi-stakeholder group to design and test a replicable multi-sector rural health convening process that will enable medical/healthcare providers and social, faith-based, and other nonmedical organizations to define and characterize a particular regional population for collaborative research and experimentation in population health. This process will do the following: Produce a rural health network map that makes visible (1) the geographic footprint of the social organizations that shape the local rural population, and (2) the potential connectedness of individual... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, People & Communities, Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

UVA Symposium – Our Evolving Food System: From Slavery to Sovereignty

The University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) hosted a Bicentennial Symposium event -- Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty, on October 17 and 18, 2018. UVA’s food system was shaped by slavery and segregation, and it continues to bear the impacts of this legacy of exploitation. What would it take for us to build a radically changed system predicated on “sovereignty,” in which historically marginalized communities take the lead in shaping the production, distribution, preparation, and enjoyment of healthy, culturally reflective food?  During this... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Health & Food, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT)

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT) is an innovative “collective impact” collaborative approach to climate resilience that leverages the expertise and resources of multidisciplinary partners and diverse stakeholders to assist coastal localities striving to increase their resilience. Coastal resilience is the capacity to anticipate threats, reduce the community’s vulnerability, and respond to and recover from hazardous events and chronic stresses. A community can be vulnerable as a result of its physical location and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,

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 Sustainable Food Action Plan (2016-2020) goals relating to food. Founded in 2017, the Task Force is chaired by Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director of IEN, and includes a broad array of representatives concerned and interested in food and its impacts: UVA Dining (Aramark),... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Health & Food, Educational Institutions,

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

All over the world we see increasing conflicts over monuments, memorials, building names, and other sites identified with histories of harm such as violence, slavery, colonialism, and environmental disaster. Communities everywhere are struggling over whether to leave such spaces alone, alter, or reclaim them in entirely new ways. IEN’s Transforming Community Spaces (TCS) project, founded in 2016 to address these challenges, has had an active year in no small part thanks to contributions from several representatives from UVA's School of Architecture.  IEN convened two meetings of the TCS ... 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. In June 2017, following extensive meetings with community groups, the design team’s conceptual design was approved by the... 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) began in 2007 as an effort to help 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,

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,

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