From the Field

Empowered Women Empower Women (I)
January 2, 2018 — Allison Mihalich

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Allison Mihalich participated in an International Residency trip to India. In this four-part series, Mihalich describes efforts to empower women in the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan, India.] In the world’s most water-distressed region, the Thar Desert in the Indian state Rajasthan, the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) has worked tirelessly to connect people to clean and affordable water through empowering women to serve their villages as… Read More
Kathleen Miller is a Fellow of Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability
Meaningful Work
December 28, 2017 — Kathleen Miller Perkins

We are a pessimistic society these days. We are concerned and anxious about the future in a world filled with terrorism, vast political divides, income inequality, and climate change. Many if not most of us want to do our part to find solutions to the many problems that plague our world. According to a recent study carried out by Deloitte, a financial and risk management firm, millennials believe that the workplace offers them the greatest opportunity for making an impact… Read More
Expanding the Tribe Through Storytelling (II)
December 21, 2017 — Patricia Raun

[In Part I of this two-part series, Patricia Raun discussed the work of Dan Kahan, founder of the Cultural Cognition Project, and his efforts to understand why it is difficult to connect across differences, the gaps between knowledge and belief, and the role of cultural identity in those gaps.] Let me tell you a story about my early cultural identity. I was born into a family of proud Midwesterners. My father, a natural scientist and educator, identified deeply with farmers… Read More
David Robertson
Leadership for Sustainability In India
November 20, 2017 — David Robertson

“Capital Turns Gas Chamber” read the headline: “As a toxic smog hung over Delhi for the third day and air quality worsened by the hour, the capital has declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity ... There are growing calls for bigger government action to tackle what doctors have declared a public health crisis … Residents are complaining of headaches, coughs and smarting eyes. All 6,000 schools in Delhi are closed until the end… Read More
From Fear to Understanding
November 13, 2017 — Alec Masella

On October 11, three years of planning, research, and collaboration came to a head for Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) alumni Ryan Hathaway and Ana-Elisa (Isa) Bryant, as well as MNR faculty member Dr. Megan Draheim. Their paper “From fear to understanding: Changes in media representation of leopard incidences after media awareness workshops in Mumbai, India,” has been published in the Journal of Urban Ecology [3(1), October 11, 2017]. Co-authored with Sunil Limaye, Chief Conservator of Forests in Maharashtra,… Read More