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Demand an Urban Forest that Works for Us
January 26, 2015 — Sally Parker

There is a basic (mis)understanding in the construction industry that the nicer a building's landscape looks, the more expensive it will be to install and maintain. A property owner's willingness to pay a price for looking well-kept depends largely on the type of property being managed. A luxury apartment building, upscale shopping mall or gated community is more likely to happily invest in maintenance fees than "functional" establishments such as auto body shops, elementary schools or barracks buildings on a… Read More
Marc Stern, CLiGS
Let’s Start by Trusting Each Other
January 22, 2015 — Iris Picat

Trust is key to any relationship. That is a well-known truth excessively written about in popular literature. The distinction with a recent article titled The Multidimensionality of Trust: Applications in Collaborative Natural Resource Management co-authored by Marc Stern, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), is the way it approaches trust. It decomposes its elements and describes four of the forms it takes under the natural resource management umbrella - dispositional… Read More
TJ Franklin, XMNR
TJ Franklin – Preparing for Transition to Civilian Life
January 20, 2015 — CLiGS

Although not retiring his military apparel just yet, Thomas (TJ) Franklin, current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, is already thinking of how best to prep for the transition to civilian life. “The Navy is all I know, and I hope to get into the sustainability field when I retire. I’ve never had to job hunt so the things the program emphasizes will better assist me in that transition,” says TJ. The program is also helping him build friendships… Read More
Corporate Sustainability Practices for Small Manufacturing Enterprises
January 14, 2015 — CLiGS

What exactly is corporate sustainability? The definition varies, but it is most commonly used to refer to business strategies and activities that meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders while protecting, sustaining, and enhancing the human and natural resources that will be needed in the future. Vestal Tutterow, an Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumnus, wrote a report based on a literature review and personal communications with managers he did as part of his graduate capstone project.… Read More
Brian Linden in China
Luxury Tourism: Going Green in China
December 17, 2014 — Bruce Hull, Michael Mortimer

How do you go from being an art dealer in Wisconsin to a successful hotelier and influential green business advocate in China?  Brian Linden did it by pioneering the market niche of sustainable luxury tourism emerging within the larger multi-trillion dollar tourist industry. China is relatively new to domestic tourism, but as is typical of most things Chinese, its tourism industry is developing on a grand scale, experiencing double-digit growth. The extraordinary economic development that lifted out of poverty and… Read More