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Environmental Decision Making

The program on Environmental Decision Making convenes representatives of private business and industry, public interest groups, and government to jointly explore and deliberate public policy issues, management priorities, future visions, and regulatory matters. The Institute supports these processes by designing group decision-making processes, providing decision support services, and facilitating collaborative solutions. Examples include:

  • Assisting a legislatively appointed, multi-interest committee to develop rules to protect riparian buffers in the Neuse River watershed;
  • Working with a panel of environmental organizations, timber industry representatives and others to guide a statewide study on the impacts of wood chip production in North Carolina;
  • Helping whitewater outfitters, wildlife interests, lakeshore homeowners, and power company executives reach agreement on water use and allocation in the Nantahala and Tuckasegee watersheds in western North Carolina.

For more information about NRLI environmental decision-making projects, go to Project Archives & Case Studies.

For ongoing projects, we provide resources for decision support and meeting management. Go to Current & Recent Projects for more information.

For information about collaborative processes, negotiation basics and decision support tools, go to Decision Making Methods .