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TJ Franklin – Preparing for Transition to Civilian Life
Although not retiring his military apparel just yet, Thomas (TJ) Franklin, current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, is…
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The Mutual Benefits of Managed Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
Overfishing is becoming a focus-issue among marine conservationists in light of food security challenges and economic trends. Zach Hoffman, a…
Mark Wieder
Why I Went Back to School for a Second Graduate Degree
Are you currently facing the tough decision of whether or not to pursue a professional level degree, or are you…
Rebecca Lamphear and classmates in India for their International Field Experience in January 2015
My Glimpse at Different Conservation Solutions in India
As I arrived at the airport and prepared to meet my classmates from the Online Master of Natural Resources program…
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Having Tea in a Casablanca Slum
"Casablanca is a city of glaring social inequalities, where the rich live alongside the poor. It is a city of…
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How the XMNR is Preparing Me to be a Global Leader
On January 7th, two Muslim extremists attacked Charlie Hebdo, a satiric newspaper in Paris, carrying out an act that shocked…
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Growing Resilient Infrastructure
With global pressures from rising sea levels and expanding urban centers, resilient infrastructure is a proactive solution to protecting vulnerable…
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Leading the Way from Forests to Faucets
Forests improve our drinking water: nearly 75 percent of the Northeast and Midwest region’s population relies on forests to reduce…
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Navigating the World of Food
Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) offers a variety of professional development and education programs that generate…
Darin Liston is an affiliate at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and an alumnus of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program.
Be the Example You Want to See
Wanting to break out of his Navy mold, Darin Liston pondered his next move. “I thought natural resources was a…
Mandy Chesnutt
A Different Facet of “On-the-Ground”
“Working on what you care about makes work so much more interesting and fulfilling,” says Mandy Chesnutt, an alumna of…
Robert Cox, an Online Master of Natural Resources alumnus, met with scientists and curriculum developers at the Wash Woods Environmental Education Center to have his graduate capstone research developed into new science curriculum for Virginia students across the state.
From Capstone to Curriculum
Did you know that invasive feral pigs have been reported in at least 40 of the 50 states? This past…
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2050 Council
CLiGS announces new advisory group
The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources and Environment has formed a 14-member external advisory group comprised of business, nonprofit, and public sector executives it calls the 2050 Council. (more…) Read More
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Residential Real Estate Sustainability Practices in Northern Virginia
What green features are builders prioritizing in their designs? What are buyers willing to invest in? Those were just some of the questions that Peter Burke, Executive Master of Natural Resources student and realtor, asked in his most recent study of residential real estate sustainability practices in Northern Virginia. (more…) Read More
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A 21st Century Program for 21st Century Challenges
The Online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program celebrates its one-year anniversary of going fully online with an added International Field Experience (IFE) requirement. Virginia Tech began offering Natural Resource courses in 1994 and the MNR graduate degree in 2003 out of the National Capital Region, but in looking at what natural resource management meant in light of 21st century challenges, the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) decided it was time to redefine and restructure the original program. (more…) Read More
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Urbanizing China and its Effects on Biodiversity
“Chinese cities, both large and small, are expanding everywhere, and this growth is fundamentally changing the country,” says Andrew Perlstein, Assistant Director of Executive Programs for CLiGS, about a rapidly urbanizing China. (more…) Read More
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Jennifer Sevin and Muzaffer Uysal Named CLiGS Fellows
Since the formation of the center in 2012, CLiGS has named 42 affiliates of which 34 are fellows of varying capacity. Each affiliate is chosen for their expertise and commitment to the center's mission, serving initial three-year terms, subject to renewal. (more…) Read More
Report - Urban Stormwater Runoff: the Grey and the Green.
Urban Stormwater Runoff: the Grey and the Green
Stormwater runoff, and for some cities dry-weather runoff, is the largest source of pollution in our nation’s waters. Out of necessity, and because of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stricter enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA) statutes, cities are becoming leaders in the movement to better manage stormwater runoff. Some are designing and implementing green infrastructure (GI) approaches that are being watched closely as potential role models. Others are working hard to find the right balance between green and grey infrastructure… Read More
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Jul3
Day Before Independence Day (Holiday)

University offices closed.

Aug1
Fall Application Deadline

For U.S. applicants intending to start Fall 2015

Aug13
Summer Classes End

for Summer I (12-week) courses

Aug14
Exams Begin

for Summer 2015 (12-week) courses

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Darin Liston is an affiliate at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and an alumnus of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program.
Be the Example You Want to See

Wanting to break out of his Navy mold, Darin Liston pondered his next move. “I thought natural resources was a.

Engineer in datacenter server room. Photo credit: Mentora.
Global Cooling?

In today’s modern world there have been a lot of revolutionary innovations that allow us to live the way we.

Squirrels are one of the many species that benefit from biophilic cities.
Biophilic DC

For the last several months, a working group has worked on bringing the Sense of the Council on Biophilic Cities.

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Darin Liston is an affiliate at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and an alumnus of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program.
Be the Example You Want to See
Wanting to break out of his Navy mold, Darin Liston pondered his next move. “I thought natural resources was a… Read More
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