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Empowered Women Empower Women (III)
January 15, 2018 — Allison Mihalich

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Allison Mihalich participated in an International Residency trip to India. In Part I and Part II of this four-part series, Mihalich discusses the importance of empowering women of the Thar Desert region, and the story of how the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation originated.] Profiles of Empowered Women The Executive Force Kanupriya Harish, Executive Director and Trustee of the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) works hard to maximize the organization’s impact on… Read More
Managing Transboundary Resources
January 11, 2018 — Lindsay Key

[caption id="attachment_9975" align="aligncenter" width="592"] NASA image of transboundary pollution (public domain).[/caption] Boundaries are human-developed distinctions that help us make sense of our world. Because of geographical, cultural, and political boundaries, we understand one thing as separate from another, come to understand ownership, and can delegate tasks and responsibilities. However, what happens when an environmental issue causes all or some of those boundaries to collide? Suddenly, a seemingly black and white matter blurs to gray, and developing sound policy is not… Read More
Empowered Women Empower Women (II)
January 8, 2018 — Allison Mihalich

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Allison Mihalich participated in an International Residency trip to India. In Part I of this four-part series, Mihalich discusses the importance of empowering women in the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan, India.] Between 1999 and 2009, the Barmer district of the Marwar region of Rajasthan, India saw seven years of rainfall deficits. These severe droughts resulted in foreign donors as well as the Government of India… Read More
Building Credentials, Competencies, and Connections
January 4, 2018 — Alec Masella

David Robertson, PhD, is the founding director of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate degree program and a Senior Fellow and Associate Director at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). In a recent interview, he provided some insight to how the XMNR program provides students with not only a graduate degree and an exceptional learning experience but also professional networking opportunities that help students accomplish their career goals. Since 2010, David has worked with a… Read More
Empowered Women Empower Women (I)
January 2, 2018 — Allison Mihalich

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Allison Mihalich participated in an International Residency trip to India. In this four-part series, Mihalich describes efforts to empower women in the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan, India.] In the world’s most water-distressed region, the Thar Desert in the Indian state Rajasthan, the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) has worked tirelessly to connect people to clean and affordable water through empowering women to serve their villages as… Read More