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Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part I
November 2, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

Across the globe, there are over 25 million farmers producing coffee. Many are smallholders in developing countries that rely on the crop for their source of income. In this 5-part series, I will examine the coffee crop in detail to determine how its production is linked to poverty. Throughout the project, I will also look at climate change to learn more about its implications for natural ecosystems and local economies. I am specifically interested in learning how a changing climate could perpetuate… Read More
Technology & Environmental Justice
October 30, 2017 — Jennifer Wills

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Enrionment, Energy, and Resources' Special Committee on Environmental Justice (SCEJ), which I co-chair, is spearheading a series of programs to connect the tech sector with environmental lawyers and introduce environmental justice concepts. This is an important connection to make now because technologies developed today will impact everyone's lives and livelihoods. Protecting Impacted Communities The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) defines environmental justice as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless… Read More
Winning with Wind — Part IV
October 26, 2017 — Tuuli Martin

[In Parts I, II, and III of Winning with Wind,  Part II of Winning with Wind, Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources student Tuuli Martin introduced Germany's Energiewende (the transition toward renewables) program, the role of public opinion in the country's shift to renewable energy, resistance, and integrating wind energy into the existing power grid. Tuuli will finish this review of wind energy in Germany with a look at the impact on fossil fuel and what lies ahead.] Impact on… Read More
Winning with Wind — Part III
October 19, 2017 — Tuuli Martin

  [In Part I and Part II of Winning with Wind, Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources student Tuuli Martin introduced Germany's Energiewende (the transition toward renewables) program, and the role of public opinion in the country's shift to renewable energy. Next, Tuuli will examine criticism and resistance to wind power in Germany.] Resistance to Wind Power Despite strong public support for the energy transition, Germany’s Energiewende has been criticized for its high cost. Surcharges are added to electricity bills, placing… Read More
Faculty Profile: Dan Marcucci
October 16, 2017 — Lindsay Key

When a student enters Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree faculty member Dan Marcucci’s classes, he or she enters as a respected colleague and fellow expert. Marcucci, who teaches four courses for the Online MNR Program  ( Global Issues in Natural Resources - China, Landscape Systems and Strategies, Coastal and Marine Systems, and Urban Water Systems) says his teaching philosophy revolves around recognizing that each student has experiences and expertise to share. “I consider the people in my courses to… Read More