Slums of Hope (Part II)
December 24, 2018 — Janet Kirkton

[In Part I of this two-part series, published on December 17th, Master of Natural Resources (MNR) student Janet Kirkton discussed the definition of the word "slum," along with the hope and despair inherent in both the word and the living conditions in these informal settlements.  In Part II, Janet calls attention to increasing migration from rural lands to urban centers, as well as the opportunities and challenges these migrants face.]   A recent survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing… Read More
Slums of Hope (Part I)
December 17, 2018 — Janet Kirkton

Today, more than half the world’s population lives within an urban area, and of those living in cities, approximately a billion people live within settlements often referred to as slums (Nuissl and Heinrichs, 2013).  The developing world accounts for more than 90 percent of this urban growth, which equates to one out of every three people living in cities lives in a slum (Agrawal, 2014). Although not a new urban challenge, slums have been a part of urbanization and industrialization… Read More
South Africa Program Offers Food for Thought
December 13, 2018 —
BY LINDSAY KEY – DECEMBER 13, 2018 When Sophie Parker began her search for a master’s degree program three years ago, she had already spent six years working as a quality assurance specialist for NASA, as well as six years as an officer in the United States Air Force. “As a mid-career professional, I wanted the ability to design my program to suit my interests and the demands of my career,” said Parker. “As a Veteran, I needed a program… Read More
Reviving Our Environmental Connection
December 10, 2018 — Syed Shahid

Concepts of sustainability have been around for millennia and passed down from generation to generation. Folktales and religious scriptures contributed to this inherited sense of environmental stewardship. As seen through the example of Inuit culture, survival in many cases depended upon a balance between man’s needs and the environment. In “Hijacking Sustainability,” the author tells of traditional folktales of polar bears helping the Inuit stay alive in their harsh environment by providing them with food and companionship (Parr, Adrian. Hijacking Sustainability.… Read More
Sustainability and the Private Sector
December 6, 2018 — Marshall B. Distel

In recent years, the concept of corporate sustainability has come to the forefront of debates on how to achieve global sustainability. Corporate sustainability is often discussed in conjunction with sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, but it can be defined simply as a corporate management paradigm that has evolved away from the traditional growth and profit-maximization model into a new model that recognizes the importance of environmental protection, social equity and economic development (Wilson, 2003). Corporations are becoming more active… Read More