- By Iris Picat
- November 19, 2014
Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, Jonathan Lipinski, Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, and Environmental Science Officer for the U.S. Army Reserves, was always surrounded by natural beauty. However, it was not until he was in Afghanistan that it truly sunk in.
“One day I looked up at the breathtaking landscape, and I knew then and there it was my duty to protect and keep the environment healthy for future generations,” he says. (more…)
- By CLiGS
- November 14, 2014
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…)
- By Michael Mortimer
- October 9, 2014
How often does CLiGS gather graduate faculty from Virginia, Wisoconsin, Tennessee, Pennnsylvania, and Missouri in one room to share teaching techniques and discuss how best to serve its growing online student body? The answer is: never. This Fall was the very first time.
Though the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree program has existed since 1994, the intervening two decades have seen remarkable progress and changes. This culminated in 2014 with an entirely online option for the degree, a new tuition model that treats students the same regardless of their place of residency, and record high course enrollments. (more…)
- By CLiGS
- September 8, 2014
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 in fostering this interest. “One of my sisters ended up studying plant systematics, so it must have been something about the way we were raised!” (more…)
- By Iris Picat
- July 24, 2014
The Online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) is a distance learning program taught by a diverse group of sustainability professionals, which encourages students to think of global issues in an interconnected way. With an interdisciplinary conservation background, Dr. Megan Draheim is one such professional who, along with teaching an array of MNR classes, also recently authored an article on the importance of marine biodiversity conservation. The article, published in the journal Conservation Biology this past spring, stresses that our understanding of terrestrial ecosystems far outweighs that of marine ecosystems, and thus identifies seventy-one questions, which if answered, would significantly improve our ability to manage and conserve the latter. (more…)
- By CLiGS
- July 9, 2014
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…)