Environmental Collaboration

streamControversial environmental and public policy issues often put government decision makers in the middle. The competing  values of industry, environmentalists, various levels of government, and myriad other stakeholders can make it seem impossible to establish good policies without an ugly fight. However, the right kind of collaborative process can help produce decisions and policies that earn the level of support needed for successful implementation.

Every situation is different, so every process should be tailored: in some situations, two or more entities must negotiate agreement to proceed; in others, stakeholders and the broader public simply need the opportunity for input; in some cases a consensus stakeholder recommendation is worth the effort.

Suzanne can help with all aspects of collaboration and consultation: assessment, stakeholder identification and convening, process design, mediation or facilitation of plenary and small-group meetings, agreement drafting, and follow up throughout implementation.

Suzanne has experience in numerous substantive areas:

  • Public lands
  • Ecosystem, habitat, and species conservation
  • Indian (U.S. indigenous peoples) self-governance
  • Transportation
  • Contaminated site cleanup
  • Air quality
  • Government-to-government relations

She has managed a variety of collaborative processes ranging from two-party negotiations (such as a state and a federal agency) to high-profile, multiparty stakeholder negotiations with dozens of parties.

“Suzanne has the excellent ability to accomplish much among many in a relatively short time period.”—Tom Sharp, Principal, Sharp Ranches, LLC

“Suzanne did the pre-work to set our diverse group up for success. When we walked in the door, we were already in a comfortable, team-oriented approach. She kept us on track and headed in the right direction as we navigated a complex issue.”—Cynthia Wilkerson, Land Conservation and Restoration Section Manager, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife