Alumni Highlight

From Forest Fire to MNR to Urban Forester
June 18, 2018 —
BY LINDSAY KEY – JUNE 18, 2018.  Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned in June 2012 and caused major flooding, elimination of trees, soil erosion, and the evacuation of more than 32,000 Colorado Springs residents, had a major impact on the career of Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate Rebecca Lamphear. “It changed my perspective on the natural landscape indefinitely, both personally and professionally,” said Lamphear, who was working as an Urban Forester for the City of Colorado… Read More
The Coastal Resilience of NYC (IV)
June 11, 2018 — Kyle Haynes

[In Part I of this four-part series, Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumni, environmental consultant, and sustainability professional Kyle Haynes began a conversation on the need for and reasons behind efforts to improve New York City's coastal resilience. Part II reviewed the impacts of recent hurricanes on NYC, and Part III presented four strategies developed to address the coastal resilience needs of NYC.  In this final installment, Haynes discusses lessons learned.] Example Project – The BIG U According to Rebuild by Design,… Read More
The Coastal Resilience of NYC (III)
June 4, 2018 — Kyle Haynes

[In Part I of this four-part series, Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumni, environmental consultant, and sustainability professional Kyle Haynes began a conversation on the need for and reasons behind efforts to improve New York City's coastal resilience, and Part II reviewed the impacts of recent hurricanes on NYC. The following installment presents four coastal protection strategies developed in response to recent hurricanes and their impact on NYC] Coastal Protection Strategies The greatest impact from Hurricane Sandy was from storm surge… Read More
The Coastal Resilience of NYC (II)
May 28, 2018 — Kyle Haynes

[In Part I of this four-part series, Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumni, environmental consultant, and sustainability professional Kyle Haynes began a conversation on the need for and reasons behind efforts to improve New York City's coastal resilience. In this installment, Haynes reviews the impacts of recent hurricanes in NYC, and explores what is required to build a stronger, more resilient city] Hurricane Sandy's Impacts and the Need for Coastal Resilience New York City is home to more than 520 miles… Read More
The Coastal Resilience of NYC (I)
May 21, 2018 — Kyle Haynes

[In Part I of this four-part series, Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumni, environmental consultant, and sustainability professional Kyle Haynes begins a conversation on the need for and reasons behind efforts to improve New York City's coastal resilience.] On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit New York City tragically killing 44 New Yorkers and causing over $19 billion in damages and economic losses. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed, more than 88,000 building were flooded, 23,000 businesses were impacted, and infrastructure throughout… Read More