Faculty in Retreat
October 9, 2014 — Michael Mortimer

How often does CLiGS gather graduate faculty from Virginia, Wisoconsin, Tennessee, Pennnsylvania, and Missouri in one room to share teaching techniques and discuss how best to serve its growing online student body?  The answer is: never. This Fall was the very first time. Though the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree program has existed since 1994, the intervening two decades have seen remarkable progress and changes. This culminated in 2014 with an entirely online option for the degree, a new… Read More
Katie Man
From Outdoor Enthusiast to EPA Business Analyst
September 8, 2014 — CLiGS

For as long as she can remember, Katie Man has been fond of the outdoors. In fact, relishing the spare time she gets, if she isn’t in the kitchen baking, you can most likely find her hiking, camping, or running. “As a child I was fascinated with bugs and dinosaurs and liked to spend hours outside,” Katie remarks. Her father was a nuclear physicist and her mother was involved with the Arlington Outdoor Education Association, which played a major role… Read More
XMNR Students Visit Chapman Farm
The Airlie Center & Chapman Farm Broaden Views and Expands Taste Buds
August 14, 2014 — CLiGS

For the second year in a row, Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) students at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) visited the Airlie Center in Northern Virginia, expanding their knowledge on sustainable agriculture and local food systems. With a four-acre vegetable garden, Airlie harvests some of its produce on-site, and partners with 30 regional farms for their locally sourced culinary program. (more…) Read More
The Role of Arts in Sustainability Leadership
August 1, 2014 — CLiGS

What do a scientist, a policy analyst, and a park ranger have in common? Each of them needs to cross boundaries and connect in meaningful ways with others. That common need is the basis for a new approach to leadership communication training being used in the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) in Arlington, Virginia. The interdisciplinary program, which lasts 14 months, places a high degree of emphasis on… Read More
Marine Biodiversity: What Should We Look at Next?
Marine Biodiversity: What Should We Look at Next?
July 24, 2014 — Iris Picat

The Online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) is a distance learning program taught by a diverse group of sustainability professionals, which encourages students to think of global issues in an interconnected way. With an interdisciplinary conservation background, Dr. Megan Draheim is one such professional who, along with teaching an array of MNR classes, also recently authored an article on the importance of marine biodiversity conservation. The article, published in the journal Conservation Biology this past spring, stresses that our understanding… Read More