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XMNR Cohort Explores Water-Related Issues in India
July 1, 2017 —
In January, 28 students and five faculty members traveled to India as part of the Executive Master of Natural Resources program, based in the college’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the National Capital Region. During the 12-day trip, students met and observed local organizations and individuals who are working to improve water management in some of the poorest and driest areas in the world. The group began their trip in New Delhi, India’s capital city, to meet with… Read More
Alicia Thomas Finds Her Missing Piece
June 26, 2017 — Lindsay Key

Finding the time to complete a master’s degree was not an easy task for Alicia Thomas, who, in 2012, was working full-time and had a third child on the way. However, the flexibility of Virginia Tech’s Online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program and the encouragement of its faculty members helped Thomas complete her degree in May 2016 and ultimately land a job that she loves. In August 2016, Thomas began working for the USDA Forest Service in Rolling Fork, Mississippi,… Read More
A Broader Sustainability Perspective
June 19, 2017 — Lindsay Key

Tyler Matusevich credits the Virginia Tech Masters of Natural Resources program with helping him to think outside the box—and also more about the box. The 2015 alumnus earned a bachelor’s degree in packaging science in 2013 from Virginia Tech before deciding to pursue a master’s in natural resources.  “I wanted a broader perspective on sustainability,” said Matusevich. “In the packaging industry, we try to reduce materials to save costs in packaging, but the program helped me to better understand the… Read More
My Desire and Duty to Pay It Forward
June 12, 2017 — Robert S. Eaton

  I have always loved the outdoors since growing up in Winston-Salem, N.C and spending my earlier years as a Boy Scout camping and hiking in the nearby Sauratown Mountains, Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mt. State Park and Raven Knob Boy Scout Reservation. As a young Boy Scout, I knew that I would pursue a career in natural resources and have always been connected to mother earth developing my passion and skills to maintain a sustainable ecosystem. The skills learned as an Eagle… Read More
Sustainable development is good for business
June 6, 2017 — Jennifer Wills

  Businesses are integrating sustainable development principles into their decisions and strategies to reduce risk, save money, increase innovation, and protect the planet. This article discusses two ways businesses are doing this: collaboration/partnerships and supply chain sustainability. For instance, collaboration can provide private-sector companies with tools to reevaluate particular operations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy helped Dow value ecosystem services) or to evaluate their supply chains (e.g., Bayer used a tool created by EcoVadis to assess suppliers to ensure sustainable procurement).… Read More