About CLiGS

The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) educates, inspires, and empowers professionals to create a better future for people and our planet.

Global growth and development challenges require more than technical solutions, they also demand leadership. To help current and aspiring sustainability practitioners address these cross-boundary demands, we deliver the following services:

Graduate Education: There are three versions of our masters degree and two graduate certificate programs. Each breaks down spatial and disciplinary barriers and offers unique learning experiences. 

Professional Development: Our study tours, certificate programs, seminars, and other offerings provide opportunities to continue to learn and develop leadership skills for sustainability.

Research and Consulting: Our research advances understanding of the needs and opportunities for leadership in the sustainability realm. We develop consulting engagements that bring a blend of academic and professional experience to generate solutions and strategies in several key locations across the globe.

Throughout all of our efforts, CLiGS strives to support those who work with us, whether as a partner or as a participant in our programs, in accomplishing the following:

  • Making connections that transcend disciplinary boundaries to understand complex environmental and natural resource systems such as climate, water, and ecosystems.
  • Blending practice and theory through problem-based learning and service projects locally and internationally.
  • Sharpening awareness of existing opportunities and constraints for leadership to steer systems towards sustainable outcomes.
  • Developing an understanding of global trends shaping systems, communities, individuals, and institutions in different regions and cultural contexts to better cope and respond to changes at a local level.
  • Growing a network of sustainability practitioners seeking to have an impact through a variety of teams, organizations, and communities.
  • Catalyzing new ideas and insights by introducing professionals and practitioners to new places, ideas, colleagues, and experiences that span cultural and geographic boundaries.

We invite you to further explore our website to learn more about our work and to find out how you can join our efforts in cultivating leadership for sustainability.

The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), is housed within Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment  and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.