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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…
Hugo in Morocco
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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The City is Dead. Long Live the City
Cities have historically competed with one another for resources. Land for agricultural products; territory to supply taxable populaces; for preferential trade routes and concession privileges; and for talent (luminaries, artists, and scholars).  This competition has occasionally escalated to armed conflict, particularly in Renaissance Italy where a unifying strong central government was very late on the scene.  It only took a three-decade early version of a world war to bring about a fundamental change in this competition.  The 1648 Peace of Westphalia, ending… Read More
CLiGS Catalog
New CLiGS Catalog
To provide a central clearinghouse for sharing faculty and student work CLiGS has rolled out a new Catalog feature in the website.  Featuring books, articles, case studies, and other products of the center, the Catalog should provide an easy means to see what the folks at CLiGS are up to. Read More
Carrie Hatcher, Assistant Director of Recruitment, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability
New Assistant Director for Recruiting
On April 4th, the Center welcomed a new recruiter, Carrie Hatcher, who began working hard for the center with barely a moment to catch her breath.  In her first week at work, she traveled to the 27th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium held at the Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, VA) representing the center’s educational programs and opportunities.  Carrie is an alumnus of both the center’s Executive MNR (XMNR) program and of Virginia Tech’s undergraduate environmental policy and planning program.  She’ll be working from our headquarters office in the… Read More
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Spring Field Experience to India
Dr. Bruce Hull just returned from leading a 10-day experience to India for students in the online Master of Natural Resources (MNR).  The team spent time in the cities of Hyderabad and Delhi examining Source Water Protection in Peri-urban Agricultural Lands: A Case Study of the Community Capacity Building in Hyderabad India  and Water and Sanitation in Urban Disadvantaged Urban Populations: A Case Study of Governance Issues in Slums in Hyderabad India. Dr. Hull noted that “If you want to see the challenges… Read More
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World Executive Master of Natural Resources Approved
At the Virginia Tech Board of Visitor’s meeting on March 20-21, the final step in the approval of the latest version of the Center’s Master of Natural resource (MNR) degree—the World Executive MNR (WXMNR)—was taken by the university’ governing body.  Recruiting has begun for spots in the January 2017 cohort.  The degree format combines elements of the existing Executive MNR (XMNR) such as leadership and innovation with a more focused international emphasis.  Instead of meeting once per month in Arlington, the WXMNR… Read More
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New Annual Alumni Travel
Beginning in the Summer of 2016 CLiGS will begin offering—at cost—an international experience for the alumni of the MNR degree—online and executive alike.  The first trip will travel to Bali, Indonesia, and will build on the work of the center team that visited last year.  The trip will combine cultural experiences, networking opportunities, and a visioning process to help CLiGS best serve its growing alumni population.  The Bali journey will be co-led by Dr. Marc Stern, who has been focusing on research… Read More
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Events

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May6
Spring Course Exams begin

for Spring 2016 semester-based courses

May11
Exams Begin

for all Spring 2016 semester based courses

May12
Graduate Commencement Ceremony and Senior Day (Blacksburg Campus)

Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, Cassell Coliseum, 2:30 p.m.

May15
Spring Commencement (NCR)

for graduates attending ceremonies in the National Capital Region

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Corporate Sustainability Panel
How Can Corporations Provide Leadership for Sustainability?
During the March 2016 meeting of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, a panel of corporate sustainability professionals…
Shanghai Apple
The City is Dead. Long Live the City
Cities have historically competed with one another for resources. Land for agricultural products; territory to supply taxable populaces; for preferential…
CLiGS Catalog
New CLiGS Catalog
To provide a central clearinghouse for sharing faculty and student work CLiGS has rolled out a new Catalog feature in…
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Student Profiles

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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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