CASE 4.4 The Native Plant Ordinance Meeting

In The Heller Social Impact Case Collection

Elizabeth V. Sessions


This simulation puts students in positions of stakeholders in a fictional community negotiating whether to use 100% native species in new city plantings. Students are assigned roles as advocates, city officials and politicians all with different perspectives and interests. They must find common ground to come to an agreement that is both practical and environmentally positive. The simulation enables instructors to illustrate the benefits of a value creation mindset in negotiations.

The Heller Social Impact Case Collection is available for purchase here. Instructors may request the Teaching Notes for the book.

E-book: $4.95
ISBN-13: 9781684582303
Pages: 12 | Size: 8.5 in. x 11 in.
Date Published: April 15, 2024

About the Author

Elizabeth V. Sessions

Elizabeth V. Sessions is a freelance writer and an instructor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She previously worked in social services with persons experiencing housing and behavioral health challenges and is now transitioning to a career in education. She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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