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Is career coaching for you?
April 4, 2019 — Jennifer Wills

The short answer is “yes!” Career coaching can be a useful tool before making any significant career move, no matter where you are in your professional journey. All students in Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability graduate programs now have the option to work with a career coach to help them figure out their next career milestone—may it be a step up, a pivot, or a strategic lateral move. Career coaching can help you identify your skills and… Read More
Who am I to change the world?
March 25, 2019 — Valerie Winrow

In these early days of the Executive Masters of Natural Resources Program at Virginia Tech, my fellow classmates and I are getting to know ourselves and one another, perhaps in ways, we had not considered upon entering this program. We are learning ways to build trust, as we establish working relationships towards our common goal, which is to learn and grow as sustainability leaders. In the words of the author and leadership expert, Robin Sharma, “Leadership is a wild, beautiful… Read More
David Robertson
Celebrating XMNR and the Class of 2019
March 14, 2019 — David Robertson

In January 2011, when the first cohort of twenty students started the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, the learning curve for our faculty was steep. We had a core group of experienced professors, but we were an interdisciplinary lot. Many of us had not worked together before. None of us had previously developed and delivered an education program quite like this one: a cohort-based, executive-style graduate curriculum specifically for… Read More
Fairfax County Water Management – Part III
March 4, 2019 — Joe Riley-Ryan

[In Part I of this three-part series, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWR) graduate student Joe Riley-Ryan introduced the need for careful sustainability planning using Fairfax County, Virginia as an example, and in Part II, Riley-Ryan discussed specific issues such as watershed protection, grey water reuse, and protecting aquatic ecology. Joe concludes with a discussion of the impacts of land development and new construction, managing water and roadways, and the county's outreach and education efforts.] Private developers are key players in… Read More
Fairfax County Water Management – Part II
February 25, 2019 — Joe Riley-Ryan

[In Part I of his three-part series, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWR) graduate student Joe Riley-Ryan introduced the need for careful sustainability planning using Fairfax County, Virginia as an example. This week, Riley-Ryan dives deeper into issues such as watershed protection, grey water reuse, and protecting aquatic ecology.] Public water supply source protection and demand reduction have been implemented in a variety of ways in Fairfax County, Virginia. One of the two main drinking-water sources for the County is the… Read More