Megan Draheim
What Qualifies as Urban Habitat?
August 16, 2017 — Megan Draheim

Most of the world’s human citizens now live in cities, and the percentage of people who do (as well as the percentage of urbanized land) is only going to grow. An awareness of urban biodiversity helps to dispel the myth that “nature” only happens away from the human-built environment. By that telling, humans are not part of nature, and this perspective has led to some of the most damaging environmental issues we’re currently facing. Understanding that humans are a part… Read More
Corporate Sustainability Panel
How Can Corporations Provide Leadership for Sustainability?
April 26, 2016 — Kathleen Miller Perkins

During the March 2016 meeting of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, a panel of corporate sustainability professionals gathered to tackle the question of what corporations owe to society. The panelists included Beth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer of Skanska USA; David Walker, recently retired Senior Director of Global Operations and formerly Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability for PepsiCo; Rob Kaplan, Co-founder and Managing Director of the Closed Loop Fund and formerly Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores; and Mark… Read More
Report - Collective Impact in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Case Study of the Chester River Association and a Roadmap to Success.
Collective Impact: A Case Study of the Chester River Association
March 10, 2015 — Edward Pachico, Mark Wieder, Marlaine Smith, Thomas (T.J.) Franklin, Zach Hoffman

This past summer, Starlite Sustainable Solutions (SSS), a student team of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, worked on a project that focused on how Collective Impact (CI) can be instrumental in making progress on complex social and environmental issues. This particular learning experience built upon previous months of learning sustainability theories and practices, where SSS team members engaged with change agents and leaders in their respective sustainability fields. (more…) Read More