World Executive Master of Natural Resources Approved
April 13, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

At the Virginia Tech Board of Visitor’s meeting on March 20-21, the final step in the approval of the latest version of the Center’s Master of Natural resource (MNR) degree—the World Executive MNR (WXMNR)—was taken by the university’ governing body.  Recruiting has begun for spots in the January 2017 cohort.  The degree format combines elements of the existing Executive MNR (XMNR) such as leadership and innovation with a more focused international emphasis.  Instead of meeting once per month in Arlington,… Read More
Virginia Tech CLiGS students in Bali. Photo credit Jocelyn_Widmer.
New Annual Alumni Travel
April 13, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

Beginning in the Summer of 2016 CLiGS will begin offering—at cost—an international experience for the alumni of the MNR degree—online and executive alike.  The first trip will travel to Bali, Indonesia, and will build on the work of the center team that visited last year.  The trip will combine cultural experiences, networking opportunities, and a visioning process to help CLiGS best serve its growing alumni population.  The Bali journey will be co-led by Dr. Marc Stern, who has been focusing… Read More
India as Anthropocene
April 8, 2016 — Bruce Hull

The choke points to global sustainable development are palpable here.  The cities are already massive and choking, but 70% of the building stock projected to exist in 2030 has yet to be built to accommodate hundreds of millions of rural poor immigrating to urban opportunity. Wells and rivers are running dry and farms are being abandoned for lack of water, yet more than 200 million people still lack water access. India contributes only 4% of global greenhouse gases, but emissions… Read More
Starting with a Concept
April 1, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

About a year or so ago I started working on a concept I had for a book about cities, environmental sustainability, and the unique problems we face in the Anthropocene.  And that, I can tell you, is no mean feat.  If it was easy, it would already be done.  But as the saying goes “nothing worthwhile is easy.”  In my case, never having written a book before, naiveté was the narcotic clouding just how challenging it would be.  Not because… Read More
Executive MNR International Residency to South Africa
February 29, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

Just last month, 29 graduate students from the Executive MNR (XMNR) spent 10 days in South Africa examining the intersection of water and environmental sustainability in a variety of contexts, both urban and rural.  The international experience serves as the capstone of the XMNR, and brings together lessons learned throughout the program including stakeholder analysis, teamwork, leadership assessment, and project management.  Led by yours truly and Holly Wise, the students authored seven case studies: Stone Fruit Production in the Western… Read More