We are currently recruiting fellows for our 16th class of Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. In support of professional development for VCE Agents, Director Ed Jones is again offering to fund three agents to enroll.
A partnership of Virginia Cooperative Extension with UVA’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation and Virginia Departments of Forestry and Conservation & Recreation, VNRLI has trained over 410 individuals from all sectors in skills and strategies for resolving community conflicts over environmental issues. VNRLI includes personnel from state and federal agencies, university scholars, conservation agencies, advocacy organizations, and local and regional officials. In 2009, VNRLI was specially recognized by the Virginia General Assembly for its contribution to collaborative problem solving in Joint House/Senate Resolution #865.
Beginning in September, the year-long VNRLI program consists of six three-day sessions held in environmentally stressed sites in the Commonwealth. The curriculum for each session has four components:
- collaborative leadership development;
- role play exercises for facilitation, negotiation, mediation, consensus-building;
- dialogue with an expert panel on the local topic/issue; and a
- guided field trip at the contentious site.
VNRLI Alumni and Instructors include VCE colleagues Cathryn Kloetzli, Lenah Nguyen, David Mellor, Neil Clark, Greg Frey, Jason Fisher, Jonah Fogel, Jewel Hairston, Carl Zipper, Marcus Comer, Jesse Richardson, Bob Smith, Brenda Holden, Deb Jones, Randy Shank, Gary Larrowe, Sue Puffenbarger, Jan Ferrigan, Mike Roberts, Greg Evanylo, Brian Benham, Jim Pease, Don Orth, Steve McMullen, Erin James, Bruce Hull, John Randolph, Kim Watson, Marcy Schnitzer, Brian Bond, Katharine Knowlton, Dave Close, Alicia Crall, Dan Goerlich, and Martha Walker.
For more info, contact Mike Ellerbrock (540-231-7722) and/or Kelly Altizer at UVA IEN at (434-924-6569). Application Deadline is June 12, 2015. The full application can be found through Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.
— Mike Ellerbrock