Sleeping Bear, Hidden Wilderness
June 19, 2014 — CLiGS

After a five year hiatus, not only does the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act mark a new wilderness area, it marks the end of the longest dry spell for wilderness action taken by Congress since the inception of the Wilderness Act in 1964. (more…) Read More
All XMNR environmental masters degree students complete an international field experience
XMNR IR – Three Year Legacy in Yunnan, China
June 16, 2014 — CLiGS

For the past three years, Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) -- an accelerated graduate degree program of the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) designed for full-time working professionals in business, government, and non-profit organizations focused on leadership for sustainability -- has sent a cohort of students on a 10-day international residency (IR) to Yunnan Province, China, to focus on sustainable development opportunities and challenges in the region. (more…) Read More
Washington, DC tidal basin
Leadership for Potomac Source Water Protection
May 21, 2014 — Bruce Hull

Water sustains us. Cities thrive because they have ample, clean water. Yet the natural infrastructure providing this water erodes as homes, businesses, roads and schools replace forests, fields, and farms. Maintaining ample supplies of clean water gets increasingly difficult and expensive when we must replace “green” infrastructure with engineered “grey” infrastructure.  New York City saved billions by investing in its green infrastructure. (more…) Read More
UN Global Compact & the Nexus
May 14, 2014 — Jill Knoll

As part of the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference hosted by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, I was wearing two hats. First, as an affiliate of CLiGS, I networked with professionals from a diverse group of organizations to find solutions to these pressing sustainability challenges. I left the conference confident in CLiGS’ new relationships and potential partnerships. (more…) Read More
Two Reasons I Cried in Shanghai
May 10, 2014 — Bruce Hull

I admit it: I am a sustainability nerd.  Instead of shopping during my one free afternoon in Shanghai, I instead toured its Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Chinese celebrate urbanization—how refreshing—so most Chinese cities have similar exhibits. This one teemed with elementary school age children, studious college students (some of whom were XMNR master’s students studying sustainable development abroad for their International Residency), aspiring Chinese planners, and a few curious westerners—many of us were taking notes! (more…) Read More