Mark Wieder
Why I Went Back to School for a Second Graduate Degree
December 16, 2014 — Mark Wieder

Are you currently facing the tough decision of whether or not to pursue a professional level degree, or are you considering a career transition? Anyone facing a difficult career change, as I did, should consider the following: What is ultimately convincing you to follow your aspiration, or alternatively, what is holding you back? In this post I reveal the driving factors that led me to pursue an Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree after obtaining my Juris Doctor (JD)… Read More
conscious holiday
Making Conscious Choices this Holiday Season
December 4, 2014 — Robb Chapman

Even though we’ve been seeing the signs since the end of October, Thanksgiving wrapping up marks the true beginning of the holiday season. Time to get a tree, find gifts for friends and family, buy or make wrapping paper, plan out holiday travel… the list goes on and on. But do you ever stop and think about what the environmental impacts of the holiday season may be, not just for us, but globally? (more…) Read More
JonLipinski - Student of VT Executive Master of Natural Resources
Fighting for Nature – XMNR from a Military Perspective
November 19, 2014 — Iris Picat

Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, Jonathan Lipinski, Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, and Environmental Science Officer for the U.S. Army Reserves, was always surrounded by natural beauty. However, it was not until he was in Afghanistan that it truly sunk in. “One day I looked up at the breathtaking landscape, and I knew then and there it was my duty to protect and keep the environment healthy for future generations,” he says. (more…) Read More
Adil Chowdhury - XMNR Alum
Alumni Profile – T.Adil Chowdhury
November 15, 2014 — VT CNRE

Just a year after the tragic garment factory collapse that killed 1,127 workers in central Bangladesh, recent graduate T. Adil Chowdhury is coordinating a public-private partnership to train 2,000 factory managers each year in sustainable, safe manufacturing, including building safety. (more…) Read More
Kate Fritz - Alumna of VA Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR)
Alumna named Executive Director of the South River Federation
November 14, 2014 — CLiGS

Kate Fritz, an alumna of Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), was recently named Executive Director of the South River Federation, a nonprofit that serves to protect and preserve Maryland’s South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. As a proponent of sustainability, this career move will allow Fritz to continue making an impact at the local level and in the larger watershed. (more…) Read More