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From Forest Fire to MNR to Urban Forester
June 18, 2018 —
BY LINDSAY KEY – JUNE 18, 2018.  Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned in June 2012 and caused major flooding, elimination of trees, soil erosion, and the evacuation of more than 32,000 Colorado Springs residents, had a major impact on the career of Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate Rebecca Lamphear. “It changed my perspective on the natural landscape indefinitely, both personally and professionally,” said Lamphear, who was working as an Urban Forester for the City of Colorado… Read More
The Coastal Resilience of NYC (IV)
June 11, 2018 — Kyle Haynes

[In Part I of this four-part series, Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumni, environmental consultant, and sustainability professional Kyle Haynes began a conversation on the need for and reasons behind efforts to improve New York City's coastal resilience. Part II reviewed the impacts of recent hurricanes on NYC, and Part III presented four strategies developed to address the coastal resilience needs of NYC.  In this final installment, Haynes discusses lessons learned.] Example Project – The BIG U According to Rebuild by Design,… Read More
Collective Impact for Climate Mitigation: Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan
June 7, 2018 — Elizabeth Hurley

In May of each year, students in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate degree program continue their year-long professional development journey by focusing on collective impact for climate mitigation via a case study of Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan. Throughout the XMNR program, students use case studies to develop strategic leadership, management, and administration skills for solving local, regional, and global sustainability problems. The Arlington County case provides students an opportunity to take a close look at how a local… Read More
The Coastal Resilience of NYC (III)
June 4, 2018 — Kyle Haynes

[In Part I of this four-part series, Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumni, environmental consultant, and sustainability professional Kyle Haynes began a conversation on the need for and reasons behind efforts to improve New York City's coastal resilience, and Part II reviewed the impacts of recent hurricanes on NYC. The following installment presents four coastal protection strategies developed in response to recent hurricanes and their impact on NYC] Coastal Protection Strategies The greatest impact from Hurricane Sandy was from storm surge… Read More
Individual Development for Sustainability
May 31, 2018 — Emily Talley

Developing solutions to global sustainability challenges requires innovative leadership with public and private partners working together to solve complex problems. Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program emphasizes the need for effective partnerships involving interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, and cross-cultural collaboration among business, civil society, and government. One of the most exciting aspects of a professional graduate program like the XMNR is the opportunity for students to focus on refining their career goals and enhancing the skills that will enable… Read More