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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,

Eastern Shore Coastal Flooding Workshop: Historic and Future Sea Levels

(2012) Project partners applied for a Virginia Sea Grant following last year’s project: Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Resilience. The result of that project was a series of events entitled “Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Virginia Beach Listening Sessions,” which were hosted in four locations in Virginia Beach to foster a community discussion on the effects of sea level rise on property values, wildlife habitat, erosion, and other concerns. Building on this work, leaders in other coastal Virginia localities, including the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and the members of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Beach Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise Policies

(2012) Citizens and elected decision-makers are ready and eager to find ways to tackle the difficult issue of how to plan for sea level rise. The results of four community listening sessions in 2011 on sea level rise in Virginia Beach indicate the urgency of the situation: 90% of participants believe that planning for sea level rise should be a priority for local government. Following a presentation to City Council in May 2011, Councilors shared their opinion that more information was needed on the public perception of sea level rise, specifically regarding solutions. This feedback served as... Continue reading →

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

Pennsylvania Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

In June, 2017 IEN facilitated the kickoff and listening session for Pennsylvania’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).  The event, attended by over 200 local government representatives, members of the agricultural community, and other stakeholders, was an opportunity for participants to share ideas for how the state can best achieve federally mandated water pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Since the launch of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy, Pennsylvania has made significant progress toward meeting EPA targets, but continues to lag behind in achieving... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Community Advisory Group for the Hollymead Transmission Line

The existing power grid supplying much of Albemarle County’s power dates back to the 1960s and 1970s. Dominion determined that the current facilities are no longer adequate to reliably meet the projected demand for electricity in the area. The demand for power during the last decade for the area serviced by this radial line increased 65%, a trend that is forecast to continue at approximately 2% annually, exclusive of any significant block load additions.   When Dominion’s Transmission planners identified a critical need for a second 230kV source of power to the Proffit Delivery Point and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Business and Industry,

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,

Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

Established by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 73, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) is charged with advising the Executive Branch to help ensure that low-income and minority communities in Virginia do not bear a disproportionate environmental burden. The first three ACEJ meetings were facilitated by IEN’s Director Tanya Denckla Cobb and other representatives of the Institute. The Council is comprised of 15 leaders from academia, business, public service, and non-governmental organizations, and will meet quarterly at locations across the state.... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Water, State Government,