Confucian temple ceiling

Architects Explore Sustainable Housing Development in China

This year the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) continued to build upon its experience in China, expanding the reach of its China-related programs, by developing and leading a study tour for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S.’s leading professional association for architects. The group of 19 professional architects, all members of AIA’s Housing Knowledge Community and representing a wide range of both private architecture practices and academic institutions, traveled to China’s Yunnan Province in May, (more…)


The Art of Yes: Improvisation for Sustainability Leaders

Each of us needs to cross boundaries of all kinds and connect in meaningful ways with others. That common need is the basis for the approach to leadership communication that I bring to the Executive Master in Natural Resources (XMNR) program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) in Arlington, Virginia. (more…)


Teaching Leadership for Sustainability in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Sustainability professionals must be fearless.  They regularly target the most difficult challenges known to humanity, problems of such consequence that the solutions will determine the quality of our future. Consider the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (CBW). (more…)

Arlington County Community Energy Plan Cover

Climate, Energy, and Cities: Learning By Doing

Cities are the solution to climate change. Cities can influence building and transportation systems, the two largest sources of global greenhouse gas emissions, with tools like land-use zoning, transportation infrastructure, and building codes. Cities are motivated to play a leading role in addressing climate change because they want to attract residents, businesses, taxes, and prestige, and can do so by developing thriving and secure, sustainable places to live and work.  Moreover, city governance tends to be pragmatic and effective. (more…)

Maggie Striz Calnin at Sleeping Bear

Sleeping Bear, Hidden Wilderness

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…)


XMNR IR – Three Year Legacy in Yunnan, China

For the past three years, Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) — an accelerated graduate degree program of the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) designed for full-time working professionals in business, government, and non-profit organizations focused on leadership for sustainability — has sent a cohort of students on a 10-day international residency (IR) to Yunnan Province, China, to focus on sustainable development opportunities and challenges in the region.