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TJ Franklin, XMNR
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…
Moroccan Tea
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…
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…
sustainable food
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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Making the World Safe for Sovereignty
In April of 2016, United States’ President Barack Obama visited the United Kingdom. His purpose, at least partially, was to make plain the U.S. position on the proposed exit of Britain from the European Union — the so called "Brexit." Appearing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, a staunch opponent of Brexit, President Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU, to continue playing an EU leadership role. In the days leading up to Cameron and Obama’s stage show, former London mayor… Read More
Blogging in ‘Blandcouver’
I am in Vancouver as I write this.  One in every four or five cars here in the city's central business district seems to be a German or Japanese luxury marque, with the occasional Bentley or Maserati sprinkled in for flavor.  Window shopping at a real estate brokerage demonstrates the nearly inconceivable prices for housing anywhere near the city center.  The affluence here is palpable.  With easy access to Asia, a mild maritime climate, an inviting combination of mountains and the sea,… Read More
In the Streets of India
2017 Executive MNR International Experience to India
In January 2017, the 28 student graduate students in the current cohort of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program will travel for 10 days to the Indian cities of Delhi and Jodhpur.  Along with three CLiGS faculty members — Bruce Hull, Michael Mortimer, and Holly Wise — the students will be tackling a series of case studies in the two cities, spread across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  The international experience serves as the capstone of the XMNR program.  If you’ve… Read More
New Affiliation with the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment
In March, CLiGS officially became an affiliated center of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE).  As one of only seven Virginia Tech research institutes, ISCE promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the social sciences, arts, and humanities that addresses social and individual transformation. Through its affiliate network of research centers, laboratories, and programs, ISCE fosters communication and collaboration across the university. In the case of CLiGS, our center’s focus on leadership to meet global challenges fits nicely within ISCE’s mission. … Read More
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 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
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Fall Classes End

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Conservation & Communication
In June 2016, Adam Schellhammer achieved his dream job when he became director of the Monroe County Conservation District in…
MNR Student Allison Homer joins VT Office of Economic Development
Current MNR student, Allison Homer has joined the team at Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development. Allison will be working as…
Jenn Truong
Farewell to Jenn Truong
It’s with regret that we announce Jenn Truong, our Operations Manager, has decided to move on and her last day with…
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MNR Student Allison Homer joins VT Office of Economic Development
Current MNR student, Allison Homer has joined the team at Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development. Allison will be working as… Read More
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