From the Classroom

Giving a Dam for Water Security (II)
December 11, 2017 — Mark Kessel

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Mark Kessel participated in an International Residency trip to India. In Part I of this four-part series, Kessel describes early efforts to provide the village of Thumbo ka Golia in Jalore, India, with a reliable and sustainable source of potable water.] Water Scarcity — Marwar’s Ancient Legacy Throughout time the village of Thumbo ka Golia had suffered water insecurity, just like the rest of the Thar Desert.… Read More
New Course – Innovative Water Partnerships
December 7, 2017 — Lindsay Key

A new course offered by the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLIGS) will explore how alternative approaches to water management can increase efficiency and reduce costs in the public water sector. NR 5884 Innovative Water Partnerships debuts in Spring 2018 and will encourage students to examine regulatory,  legislative, and financing issues and challenges in the water sector. It will be co-taught by Seth Brown, principal and founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC., and Dominique Lueckenhoff, deputy director of the… Read More
Giving a Dam for Water Security (I)
December 4, 2017 — Mark Kessel

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Mark Kessel participated in an International Residency trip to India. In this four-part series, Kessel describes efforts to provide the village of Thumbo ka Golia in Jalore, India) with a reliable and sustainable source of potable water.] When the villagers of Thumbo ka Golia ran out of potable water early in the summer of 2015, Mahavir Singh, President of the village’s Jal Sabha (1), gave… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part V
November 30, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Parts II, III, and IV offered an overview of the environmental, social, and economic impacts, respectively, of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. In this, the final installment of the series, Nicole will discuss coffee, climate change, poverty, and sustainability.] Coffee & Poverty As noted in the social impacts section of this series, the coffee industry employs over… Read More
From the Classroom: Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making in Rural India
November 28, 2017 — Patricia Loria

For centuries, local communities in India assumed the responsibilities for ensuring water for drinking, agriculture, and livestock. In the mid-1900’s this was changing. The Indian government took on an increased role of providing water, which included piped water in urban areas and tanked water in rural areas. Community practices of accessing groundwater, which was increasingly becoming depleted or salinated, or using tanks or step wells for the collection of rainwater, which particularly in most of the north only comes in vicious cycles… Read More