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David Robertson
Celebrating XMNR and the Class of 2019
March 14, 2019 — David Robertson

In January 2011, when the first cohort of twenty students started the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, the learning curve for our faculty was steep. We had a core group of experienced professors, but we were an interdisciplinary lot. Many of us had not worked together before. None of us had previously developed and delivered an education program quite like this one: a cohort-based, executive-style graduate curriculum specifically for… Read More
Fairfax County Water Management – Part III
March 4, 2019 — Joe Riley-Ryan

[In Part I of this three-part series, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWR) graduate student Joe Riley-Ryan introduced the need for careful sustainability planning using Fairfax County, Virginia as an example, and in Part II, Riley-Ryan discussed specific issues such as watershed protection, grey water reuse, and protecting aquatic ecology. Joe concludes with a discussion of the impacts of land development and new construction, managing water and roadways, and the county's outreach and education efforts.] Private developers are key players in… Read More
Fairfax County Water Management – Part II
February 25, 2019 — Joe Riley-Ryan

[In Part I of his three-part series, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWR) graduate student Joe Riley-Ryan introduced the need for careful sustainability planning using Fairfax County, Virginia as an example. This week, Riley-Ryan dives deeper into issues such as watershed protection, grey water reuse, and protecting aquatic ecology.] Public water supply source protection and demand reduction have been implemented in a variety of ways in Fairfax County, Virginia. One of the two main drinking-water sources for the County is the… Read More
Fairfax County Water Management – Part I
February 18, 2019 — Joe Riley-Ryan

[In this three-part series, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWR) graduate student Joe Riley-Ryan provides an overview of current practices being employed in Fairfax County, Virginia, to ensure a safe drinking water supply, and promote the principles of urban ecology and sustainability. Additionally, Riley-Ryan offers his thoughts on opportunities for improvement.] It has become widely recognized that major populations centers currently impose stress on the natural environment and will increasingly do so in the future. These areas will require more… Read More
David Robertson
Leadership at Work: XMNR Alumni Jobs
February 11, 2019 — David Robertson

Addressing global sustainability requires innovation and leadership on the part of diverse stakeholders working together to solve complex problems at multiple scales. We already have sufficient science and technology to address most environmental challenges; what we lack is effective leadership to create new opportunities for sustainable development. Leadership begins with individual self-awareness so that you can listen to, communicate with, and influence others. Leadership also requires working with diverse team members on project management and organizational development. It requires knowledge… Read More