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After years of collaborative planning, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (Northeast RPB) released the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan in December 2016. The plan was developed with input from a diverse range of stakeholder groups and the public in New England. The Northeast RPB is currently implementing...
In December 2016, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (Mid-Atlantic RPB) released the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan. This was a historic milestone in a nearly 5 year collaborative planning process that included federal agencies, state, tribes, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council,...
​Meridian Institute worked closely with program staff at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support their exploration of a potential strategy for reducing the production and consumption of oil in North America. Meridian conducted extensive interviews, including with experts in transportation...
America’s Great Watershed Initiative (AGWI) is a collaboration that seeks solutions for meeting—for present and future generations—the multiple demands placed on the vast and complex Mississippi watershed system by integrating issues, partners, and ideas at the full watershed scale. The AGWI seeks...
Food and agriculture are significant contributors to, and heavily impacted by, climate change, but they also offer opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Despite a growing body of literature about climate change and agriculture, relatively little analysis and focus has been put on climate...
In 2008, Meridian facilitated a two-day meeting of leaders from state executive offices, energy agencies, and public utility commissions from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that focused on identifying opportunities to advance regional cooperation on clean energy. The meeting was hosted by New...
In October 2002, Meridian facilitated a workshop in Boise, Idaho, involving 14 top cougar experts from the scientific community and state wildlife agencies. The workshop resulted in the drafting of a guidance document to assist decision makers and other key interests in understanding the most up-to-date...
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is leading and coordinating a multi-year effort to revise the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary, originally created in 1996 as the founding document for the Delaware Estuary Program. Utilizing existing work and information, the...
​Meridian Institute convened and facilitated two forums – one in Washington and one in Oregon – that brought together state legislators and subject matter experts to learn about climate policy options and their potential economic, social, and environmental impacts. The goals of the Northwest Climate...
In 2000, Meridian staff facilitated a two-day strategic planning session for the Southern Rockies Wolf Restoration Project, a coalition of NGOs advocating for the reintroduction of wolves into Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Staff from the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife...