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Are We Too Tribal for Global Sustainability?
October 18, 2018 — Casey Bata

When I was first getting to know my fiancé, I remember being very nervous to ask what I thought was an extremely important question. A question that, if answered “incorrectly," could lead to the quick demise of our new relationship. I mustered up the courage and tried to sound casual. “So... who is your football team?” Crazy, right? I was nervous about who his football team would be... as if it would be a deal breaker. His response caught me… Read More
Madrid’s Urban Ecology Innovations – Part II
October 15, 2018 — Marshall B. Distel

[In Part I of this three-part series, published on October 7, Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) student Marshall Distel introduced the city of Madrid as a case study for working to employ a wide array of innovative strategies related to urban ecology to enhance resilience and sustainability. In this installment, Marshall explores Madrid's attempts to support sustainable transportation, green infrastructure, and open space planning.]   In order to fight air pollution and climate change, while also supporting equitable… Read More
Identity. Hah! What is it Good For? Absolutely Something.
October 11, 2018 — Michael Mortimer

I, like many others I know, are struggling to make sense of the what appears to be an inexorable slide towards a viciously divided USA, driven, it seems, in large part by identify politics pitting a version of ethnonationalism against a version of cosmopolitanism. This USA is not only increasingly politically hamstrung, where even minor policy decisions warrant a full-throated war and where every sword is worth falling on, the rancor trickles down to friends and family, who a decade… Read More
Madrid’s Urban Ecology Innovations – Part I
October 8, 2018 — Marshall B. Distel

The world is rapidly urbanizing. While the global urban population grew to nearly 4 billion people in 2014, it is predicted to increase to 6.5 billion people by 2050 (McDonnell & MacGregor-Fors, 2016). Moreover, according to recent estimates developed by the United Nations, two out of three of the world’s inhabitants will live in urban areas by 2050 (Haase et al., 2018). As the global population continues to grow and become more urbanized, city governments and policymakers from around the… Read More
Sustainable Tourism in a Young Democracy
October 1, 2018 —
BY LINDSAY KEY – OCTOBER 1, 2018 Dr. Anamaria Bukvic is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech and a CLiGS Global Faculty member. As the lead instructor for this summer's International Field Experience (IFE) to Croatia, Dr. Bukvic sat for an interview with Lindsay Key, who accompanied the group as a Master of Natural Resources (MNR) alumna. Lindsay Key (LK):  Dr. Bukvic, how did you begin teaching NR 5114 Global Issues in Natural Resources for the Online MNR… Read More