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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
Dr. Bruce Hull
When It Comes to Climate Change, Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms
June 5, 2017 — Bruce Hull

Ignoring a disease can ruin your life. For most diseases, people have two choices: cure the causes or treat the symptoms. Take obesity as an example. Two causes are overeating and lack of exercise. People can cure obesity by dieting and exercise or they can treat the symptoms with insulin injections, blood pressure medicines, knee replacements, and other expensive and invasive procedures. The cure requires a bit of self-restraint, but provides other benefits like lower medical expenses, better job prospects,… Read More
Why India Matters
May 10, 2017 — Bruce Hull

India is becoming the most consequential country in history (again). Over a million people a month are joining its workforce. Almost as many are moving into its cities. The bulge in educated and motivated people provides a “demographic dividend” with tremendous hope and promise. The “dependency ratio” of workers to total population is huge, which means more workers, more saving, more investing, more consumption, and more growth—a self-reinforcing growth feedback loop (China’s dependency ratio is declining and hence they risk… Read More