UN Global Compact & the Nexus
May 14, 2014 — Jill Knoll

As part of the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference hosted by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, I was wearing two hats. First, as an affiliate of CLiGS, I networked with professionals from a diverse group of organizations to find solutions to these pressing sustainability challenges. I left the conference confident in CLiGS’ new relationships and potential partnerships. (more…) Read More
Two Reasons I Cried in Shanghai
May 10, 2014 — Bruce Hull

I admit it: I am a sustainability nerd.  Instead of shopping during my one free afternoon in Shanghai, I instead toured its Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Chinese celebrate urbanization—how refreshing—so most Chinese cities have similar exhibits. This one teemed with elementary school age children, studious college students (some of whom were XMNR master’s students studying sustainable development abroad for their International Residency), aspiring Chinese planners, and a few curious westerners—many of us were taking notes! (more…) Read More
Pain, Bitterness and Sustainability in China
April 30, 2014 — Bruce Hull

“Sustainability is the reaction to pain,” says Richard Brubaker, sustainability guru in China, who briefed Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) students on sustainable development prior to wrapping up their International Residency in March. He is optimistic about sustainable development because he now sees governments and businesses responding to the pain inflicted by economic growth, pain that includes crises in public health and risks to business profits. (more…) Read More
SDGs & the Nexus
April 16, 2014 — Courtney Kimmel, Jill Knoll

In 2000, a set of eight ambitious development goals for the betterment of global society was agreed upon by all 183 member states of the United Nations.1 What became known as the Millennium Development Goals created a series of quantifiable targets to: (more…) Read More