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Marine Biodiversity: What Should We Look at Next?
Marine Biodiversity: What Should We Look at Next?
July 24, 2014 — Iris Picat

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… Read More
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Architects Explore Sustainable Housing Development in China
July 9, 2014 — CLiGS

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…) Read More
The Art of Yes: Improvisation for Sustainability Leaders
July 1, 2014 — Patty Raun

Each of us needs to cross boundaries of all kinds and connect in meaningful ways with others. That common need is the basis for the approach to leadership communication that I bring to the Executive Master in Natural Resources (XMNR) program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) in Arlington, Virginia. (more…) Read More
Climate, Energy, and Cities: Learning By Doing
June 28, 2014 — Andrew Perlstein, Bruce Hull, Iris Picat

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…) Read More