Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play: Dioxin – Waste to Energy Game

TitleCommunity Dispute Negotiation Role-Play: Dioxin – Waste to Energy Game
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsMadigan, D, Foster, S, Susskind, L
Keywordsagreement, BATNA, coalition, competition, conflict, conflicts, cooperation, dispute, environmental disputes, HNI, legitimacy, mediation, negotiate, negotiation, negotiations, resolve conflict

Six-party, multi-issue negotiation among four scientists, a city representative, and an environmentalist to develop the city's solid waste management strategy; also known as: Dioxin: Resource Recovery.

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With landfills rapidly filling, the City of Lockford is attempting to solve its garbage problem by incinerating its trash in waste-to-energy plants. Protests from environmental and community groups over dioxin-related health risks posed by these facilities has escalated into a public fight between scientists representing the City Department of Sanitation and environmentalists. In an attempt to understand and resolve this highly scientific and technical problem, the “City Fathers,” via a local scientific academy, have called together the two main protagonists in the fight along with other experts and interested parties. Based on the recommendations of this group, the City will announce its future garbage disposal strategy. A press conference has been called at the end of the meeting, and if the scientists cannot reach an understanding, they face a complete loss of credibility and the wrath of an outraged public. The parties include: The City Department of Sanitation, a waste-to-energy expert, a combustion physicist, an epidemiologist; a scientist from the community; and a national environmentalist group.