Virginia Solutions

Through the Virginia Solutions program, citizens can get help creating sustainable solutions to community issues.

The program was initiated in partnership with the great people at UVA’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation and funded in part by grants from the Hewlett Foundation and the National Association for Community Mediation

Participating centers can help design and facilitate processes, interventions or meetings to help a group resolve issues or reach goals.

Examples of collaborative processes at work


  • The City of Harrisonburg used a series of facilitated public meetings and decision-making processes to help the community decide how to revitalize its downtown.

  • Over 150 citizens of Fluvanna County gathered at an open Forum to identify local priorities for protecting open space.

  • A nursing home staff used the help of a mediation center to identify issues that kept them from having a positive work environment.

  • The Bryan Park Interchange Advisory Committee, convened by the Virginia Department of Transportation, developed consensus recommendations to deal with the increasingly congested intersection of I-95 and I-64 in Richmond.

  • Charlottesville and Albemarle County found that their court system was outgrowing its current space. An advisory committee comprised of stakeholders representing a broad range of community interests developed recommendations consistent with public interests.

  • A Culpeper County public meeting on the land application of biosolids helped reduce tension and develop new ideas.

To get help with a collaborative process, please contact one of our member centers or send an email to

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