Environmental ADR in the DON


Welcome to the Environmental ADR Page. Interest in ADR for environmental matters (also called “environmental conflict resolution” or “ECR”) has increase in the last few years since President Bush signed Executive Order 13352, “Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation” (August 4, 2004). As a direct result of the Executive Order, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) jointly issued a “Memorandum on Environmental Conflict.” These policy states, generally speaking, encourage Federal agencies to use collaborative problem solving and ADR to address environmental issues.             

The DON uses ADR for environmental matters in many ways. In the context of installation restoration, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) systemically uses “facilitated partnering.” Using this process, the DON, EPA, state agencies, and contractors operate under a charter that commits each party to collaboratively work to achieve jointly defined goals. A facilitator assists the participants so that communication is productive and timely. NAVFAC uses this method at hundreds of sites around the country, including for example:

o Cecil Field                  
o Jacksonville NAS                  
o Mayport NAS                 
o Pensacola NAS                  
o Orlando Naval Training Center

See the Online Training to hear from representatives from the EPA, the DON and the State of Florida who are members of a Tier II partnering team. (Click on “MORE” and select “Environmental ADR.”)

The DON ADR uses in a variety of other environmental contexts. See for example, a clean water issue, and a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) issue. CERCLA cases are also prime candidates for using mediation. One ripe area for the use of ADR is “consultations” under the National Historic Preservation Act
The DON ADR Program Office can provide training and help your organization use ADR effectively. For assistance, contact ADR office via email.

Environmental Restoration Partnering in Virginia
Virginia Environmental Partnering Success Stories, 2006