Institute For Environmental Negotiation Announces New Leadership
Institute For People Involved With Natural Resources In The Southeast
April 22, 2003 --
Natural resources are regional assets, and leaders
face increasingly difficult challenges to protect and manage their
help leaders address environmental and community issues, the Southeast
Natural Resources Institute was created as a partnership of the
University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation,
Virginia Tech’s Center for Economic Education and the Virginia
Department of Forestry.
SE-NRLI is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service, Urban and
Community Forestry Grant Program. The new leadership institute serves
the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee
and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico.
will hold two three-day sessions in the fall for regional leaders
to learn ways of moving people from conflict into collaborative
problem solving through a mix of dynamic exercises, role playing,
lectures, field trips and panel discussions about environmental
topics common to the region.
will include multi-state environmental issues, conflict management
styles and skills, environmental justice, leadership, consensus
building, interest-based negotiation and collaborative problem solving.
is encouraging applicants from regional business and industry; state
and federal government; American Indian tribes; regional environmental
and civic organizations; and African-American and Latino communities.
Participation also is encouraged from individuals who are catalysts
in their communities and are involved with natural resource issues,
especially ones that transcend state boundaries and impact the Southeast.
SE-NRLI is patterned after a successful program in Virginia, the
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, which will begin
its fourth year in the fall. Graduates of that program have given
it rave reviews.
will help you become more effective in your work as a leader of
environmental programs,” said the director of a Virginia regional
environmental nonprofit organization. “I have developed more
confidence and knowledge in my efforts to bring people together
on particular issues.”
regional forester said the program provided “an excellent
opportunity to become better informed on natural resource issues,
work with some great people and develop valuable skills in facilitation
two SE-NRLI sessions are scheduled for Sept. 22 –25 in Virginia,
and Nov. 18 - 21 in Tennessee. Those accepted into the program are
expected to attend both sessions.
is $875, which includes all food, materials, and field trips. Some
scholarships are available. Application deadline is May 30, and
those admitted will be notified by June 25.
an application, contact program coordinator Caroline Brennan at
(434) 924-6569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information about
SE-NRLI and the application is also available on the institute’s
Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/ien/SENRLI.htm.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298