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A Living Nexus of Global Sustainability
January 17, 2019 — Angel Kwok

Dust coated my hair, lined my throat, and stung my eyes while an open Jeep transported me deeper into the Thar Desert. The one-way sandy trail was unforgiving; dunes bounced me around while the sun beat a steady cadence across my back, and I contemplated how people managed to live in such a desolate place. Situated in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, the Thar Desert borders south Pakistan and is the most humanly populated desert in the world where… Read More
Sustainable Urban Planning
January 10, 2019 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – JANUARY 10, 2019 Online Master of Natural Resources (Online MNR) graduate, Allison Homer, is among the first employees at the brand new DC branch of EXP, an international firm which offers environmental planning, civil engineering, transportation, architecture, infrastructure, and sustainability services. Each day, Allison uses her experiences from the GMNR program courses, international field experiences, and her previous work to plan and implement sustainable transportation, environmental, and city planning solutions for the Mid Atlantic region. “EXP… Read More
Slums of Hope (Part II)
December 24, 2018 — Janet Kirkton

[In Part I of this two-part series, published on December 17th, Master of Natural Resources (MNR) student Janet Kirkton discussed the definition of the word "slum," along with the hope and despair inherent in both the word and the living conditions in these informal settlements.  In Part II, Janet calls attention to increasing migration from rural lands to urban centers, as well as the opportunities and challenges these migrants face.]   A recent survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing… Read More
Slums of Hope (Part I)
December 17, 2018 — Janet Kirkton

Today, more than half the world’s population lives within an urban area, and of those living in cities, approximately a billion people live within settlements often referred to as slums (Nuissl and Heinrichs, 2013).  The developing world accounts for more than 90 percent of this urban growth, which equates to one out of every three people living in cities lives in a slum (Agrawal, 2014). Although not a new urban challenge, slums have been a part of urbanization and industrialization… Read More
South Africa Program Offers Food for Thought
December 13, 2018 —
BY LINDSAY KEY – DECEMBER 13, 2018 When Sophie Parker began her search for a master’s degree program three years ago, she had already spent six years working as a quality assurance specialist for NASA, as well as six years as an officer in the United States Air Force. “As a mid-career professional, I wanted the ability to design my program to suit my interests and the demands of my career,” said Parker. “As a Veteran, I needed a program… Read More