From the Classroom

Faculty Profile: Dan Marcucci
October 16, 2017 — Lindsay Key

When a student enters Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree faculty member Dan Marcucci’s classes, he or she enters as a respected colleague and fellow expert. Marcucci, who teaches four courses for the Online MNR Program  ( Global Issues in Natural Resources - China, Landscape Systems and Strategies, Coastal and Marine Systems, and Urban Water Systems) says his teaching philosophy revolves around recognizing that each student has experiences and expertise to share. “I consider the people in my courses to… Read More
Winning with Wind — Part II
October 12, 2017 — Tuuli Martin

[In Part I of Winning with Wind, Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources student Tuuli Martin introduced Germany's Energiewende (the transition toward renewables) program. Next, she'll examine the role of public opinion in Germany's shift to renewable energy.] Stable Investment Environment The leadership role in renewable energy development has largely been determined by the scientific and political consensus in Germany. There is also a strong public support for clean energy in the country. Although the history of efforts is much… Read More
Winning with Wind — Part I
October 5, 2017 — Tuuli Martin

The majority of the global energy supply is currently produced from fossil fuels. The demand for energy is expected to rise substantially as the human population grows. At the same time, it has been recognized that such dependency on fossil energy is unsustainable. In addition to various social and environmental impacts, carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion is the main driver of climate change. In response to this urgent matter, virtually all governments around the world pledged to significantly cut… Read More
Desiree Di Mauro
Act Locally
October 2, 2017 — Desiree DiMauro

Our class had just finished watching a video about plastics and their impact on the environment. The students enthusiastically debated the best ways to influence public behavior – how could we get people to decrease their purchases of single-use plastic bottles and disposable plastic bags? The answer that the students came up with is the same one they come up with every semester – education! If people just understand the impact of their actions, they will change their behavior. Unfortunately,… Read More
The Slow Violence of Sprawl — Part III
September 28, 2017 — Marshall B. Distel

[In Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources student Marshall Distel introduced us to the concept of slow violence, explained why the term applies to urban sprawl.  Part II  focused on the impacts of mass motorization on air quality, climate, and quality of life.] . Socio-Economic Implications There are numerous socio-economic consequences of sprawl. The most noticeable socio-economic impact comes as a result of sprawl’s ability to immobilize the population. It is estimated that there are about… Read More