2017 Executive MNR International Experience to India
May 8, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

In January 2017, the 28 student graduate students in the current cohort of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program will travel for 10 days to the Indian cities of Delhi and Jodhpur.  Along with three CLiGS faculty members — Bruce Hull, Michael Mortimer, and Holly Wise — the students will be tackling a series of case studies in the two cities, spread across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  The international experience serves as the capstone of the XMNR program. … Read More
New Affiliation with the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment
April 26, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

In March, CLiGS officially became an affiliated center of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE).  As one of only seven Virginia Tech research institutes, ISCE promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the social sciences, arts, and humanities that addresses social and individual transformation. Through its affiliate network of research centers, laboratories, and programs, ISCE fosters communication and collaboration across the university. In the case of CLiGS, our center’s focus on leadership to meet global challenges fits nicely within… Read More
Corporate Sustainability Panel
How Can Corporations Provide Leadership for Sustainability?
April 26, 2016 — Kathleen Miller Perkins

During the March 2016 meeting of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, a panel of corporate sustainability professionals gathered to tackle the question of what corporations owe to society. The panelists included Beth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer of Skanska USA; David Walker, recently retired Senior Director of Global Operations and formerly Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability for PepsiCo; Rob Kaplan, Co-founder and Managing Director of the Closed Loop Fund and formerly Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores; and Mark… Read More
The City is Dead. Long Live the City
April 19, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

Cities have historically competed with one another for resources. Land for agricultural products; territory to supply taxable populaces; for preferential trade routes and concession privileges; and for talent (luminaries, artists, and scholars).  This competition has occasionally escalated to armed conflict, particularly in Renaissance Italy where a unifying strong central government was very late on the scene.  It only took a three-decade early version of a world war to bring about a fundamental change in this competition.  The 1648 Peace of… Read More
New CLiGS Catalog
April 19, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

To provide a central clearinghouse for sharing faculty and student work CLiGS has rolled out a new Catalog feature in the website.  Featuring books, articles, case studies, and other products of the center, the Catalog should provide an easy means to see what the folks at CLiGS are up to. Read More