Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: People & Communities

Community Relocation in the Face of Recurring Inundation: A Preliminary Framework

The resilience of Virginia's coastal cities, towns, and villages is threated by sinking ground (subsidence), increased rainfall intensity, storm surges and rising seas. The flood records are clear: more flooding is occuring now than ever before and more flooding is expected in coming years. These hazards directly affect regional economy, public health and social coherence. Coastal communities in Virginia are experiencing high risk areas prone to repeated flooding, some of which are projected over time to... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,

Clarkton Bridge Stakeholder Engagement

IEN facilitated a stakeholder engagement process, funded by the Virginia Transportation Research Council, to determine the future of Clarkton Bridge. The bridge, which spans the Staunton River at the border between Halifax and Charlotte Counties in southern Virginia, is over 100 years old, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The condition of the bridge has deteriorated and it has been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for several years. The Virginia Department of Transportation felt that the bridge posed a hazard to public safety and should be removed, while some... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Autonomous Vehicles

The City of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, and Perrone Robotics have partnered to consider how autonomous vehicles might impact the Charlottesville community in the near and long-term future. As part of this project, IEN facilitated a focus group with local elderly residents to explore their questions and concerns regarding autonomous vehicles, as well as ways in which this technology might be helpful to them. Dr. Cody Fleming from the University's School of Engineering joined the facilitators to present to the group on autonomous vehicle technology and the questions... Continue reading →

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

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Training

Working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service Office of Habitat Conservation, IEN is conducting a customized training for each of the Office’s three Divisions: Restoration Center, Habitat Protection, and the Chesapeake Bay Office. The training sessions revolve around experiential opportunities to learn and practice new skills which will be immediately transferable to professional settings and interactions. Each session focuses on different themes tailored to respective staff responsibilities and authorities. The suite of activities refreshes and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Training, People & Communities, Federal Government,

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,

Dan River Basin Community Stakeholder Team

On February 2, 2014 between 30,000 and 39,000 tons of coal ash and approximately 24 to 27 million gallons of ash pond water from the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station were released into the Dan River. As part of its response to this event, Duke Energy contracted with IEN to provide impartial process design and facilitation of a community Stakeholder Team to identify community concerns and seek community consensus for solutions that address the impacts of the coal ash release. The facilitation team also included Dr. Martha Walker of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). The Dan River Basin... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Business and Industry,

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,

2015-2016 Strategic Planning

IEN was asked to design and facilitate five strategic planning efforts in 2015-2016. We designed and facilitated meetings for the Albemarle Solid Waste Authority to enable its advisory committee to consider a range of options and reach consensus recommendations for the fate of the Ivy Landfill Transfer Station, for consideration by the Board of Supervisors. We designed and facilitated meetings for the U.Va. Sustainability Office to bring its staff together... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Strategic Planning, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

Campbell County Route 29 Corridor Planning Effort

The Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), located at U.Va., initiated a pilot project with Campbell County to test a Federal Highways collaborative planning framework, known as PlanWorks. The project's focus is a busy 6.6-mile stretch of Route 29 on the south side of Lynchburg, beginning at the southern city limit and extending to Colonial Highway (Route 24). This stretch of highway hosts multiple mixed uses and needs for residential, business, and large institutional access. IEN is... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,State Government,

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