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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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.
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Leadership for Potomac Source Water Protection

Water sustains us. Cities thrive because they have ample, clean water. Yet the natural infrastructure providing this water erodes as homes, businesses, roads and schools replace forests, fields, and farms. Maintaining ample supplies of clean water gets increasingly difficult and expensive when we must replace “green” infrastructure with engineered “grey” infrastructure.  New York City saved billions by investing in its green infrastructure. (more…)

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UN Global Compact & the Nexus

As part of the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference hosted by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, I was wearing two hats. First, as an affiliate of CLiGS, I networked with professionals from a diverse group of organizations to find solutions to these pressing sustainability challenges. I left the conference confident in CLiGS’ new relationships and potential partnerships. (more…)