Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Time Period: 2010S

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,

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry - Farm Winery Study

Based on a directive from the Virginia General Assembly, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry convened a stakeholder panel consisting of individuals representing 19 organizations with interests relating to Virginia farm wineries and activities. IEN’s role was to facilitate the stakeholder panel deliberations for developing recommendations. As part of this work, key IEN activities included: 1) development of an online constituency survey to identify key issues and concerns, as well as possible approaches to address issues and concerns, and 2) online research resulting in a compilation of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, State Government,

Virginia Rural Hospital and EMS Assessment

Hospitals and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers play a critical role in rural healthcare throughout Virginia, where needs are great in the face of limited resources. Two programs within the Virginia Department of Health (Office of Health Equity and Office of EMS) partnered to convene a stakeholder planning team and conduct regional listening sessions to hear about rural emergency care challenges and identify potential strategies for addressing those challenges. To assist the stakeholder team of emergency care providers, IEN conducted an online survey, facilitated seven regional... Continue reading →

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

Strengthening Nutrient Management Planning on Virginia's Farms

Through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, IEN worked with Sustainable Chesapeake in convening a stakeholder Nutrient Management Leadership Team to develop recommendations for enhancing farmer participation in the Virginia Department of Conservation Nutrient Management Program. The approach centered on a survey to query farmers, nutrient management planners and industry representatives on the strengths and challenges associated with the current programmatic approach. Based on survey responses, Team... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

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,

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,

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