Alumni Highlight

Chris Cook Switches Direction – New Position as Sustainability Director
January 27, 2015 — CLiGS

In the years leading up to his enrollment in a masters program, Chris Cook was looking for something new; a change that would provide ways for him to make an impact on his future and his community. This led him to pursue the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program in 2012, where he learned “that being a change agent would probably mean doing something different and potentially risky.” (more…) Read More
Kate Fritz - Alumna of VA Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR)
Alumna named Executive Director of the South River Federation
November 14, 2014 — CLiGS

Kate Fritz, an alumna of Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), was recently named Executive Director of the South River Federation, a nonprofit that serves to protect and preserve Maryland’s South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. As a proponent of sustainability, this career move will allow Fritz to continue making an impact at the local level and in the larger watershed. (more…) Read More
Katie Man
From Outdoor Enthusiast to EPA Business Analyst
September 8, 2014 — CLiGS

For as long as she can remember, Katie Man has been fond of the outdoors. In fact, relishing the spare time she gets, if she isn’t in the kitchen baking, you can most likely find her hiking, camping, or running. “As a child I was fascinated with bugs and dinosaurs and liked to spend hours outside,” Katie remarks. Her father was a nuclear physicist and her mother was involved with the Arlington Outdoor Education Association, which played a major role… Read More
Sleeping Bear, Hidden Wilderness
June 19, 2014 — CLiGS

After a five year hiatus, not only does the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act mark a new wilderness area, it marks the end of the longest dry spell for wilderness action taken by Congress since the inception of the Wilderness Act in 1964. (more…) Read More
Coca-Cola associate bridges lessons from XMNR to work
December 5, 2012 — CLiGS

Jill Knoll of Dunwoody, Ga., a student in the XMNR program, is a team manager for The Coca-Cola Company’s Industry and Consumer Affairs Department in Atlanta.  Knoll says that Coca-Cola’s commitment to management practices and sustainability — which includes water, packaging, energy, health and wellbeing, and agriculture — is a perfect match for her personal passion for agriculture and commitment to the environment.  Read the full article here. Read More