Leadership Interviews

David Robertson
Building Credentials, Competencies, and Connections
January 4, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – JANUARY 4, 2018.  David Robertson, PhD, is the founding director of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate degree program and a Senior Fellow and Associate Director at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). In a recent interview, he provided some insight to how the XMNR program provides students with not only a graduate degree and an exceptional learning experience but also professional networking opportunities that help students accomplish their career goals.… Read More
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Growing Resilient Infrastructure
April 6, 2015 — Bruce Hull, Josh Nease

With global pressures from rising sea levels and expanding urban centers, resilient infrastructure is a proactive solution to protecting vulnerable communities. Smart design is an increasingly important component in tackling these new development projects, and new types of public-private partnerships are arising to help address the issue. CLiGS recently had the opportunity to interview Shalini Vajjhala about her experiences in trying to provide a link between traditional silos to overcome sustainable development challenges. This interview provides insight on the virtues… Read More
Leading the Way from Forests to Faucets
March 2, 2015 — Bruce Hull, Josh Nease

Forests improve our drinking water: nearly 75 percent of the Northeast and Midwest region’s population relies on forests to reduce sedimentation and remove excess nutrients from the surface water they drink. CLiGS recently had the opportunity to interview Buck Kline about his experiences as a leader of efforts to improve forests and water. This interview provides insight on the virtues of ecosystem services, associated water quality challenges, and practical skills needed for effective leadership. (more…) Read More
sustainable food
Navigating the World of Food
February 2, 2015 — Bruce Hull, Josh Nease

Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) offers a variety of professional development and education programs that generate opportunities for students to cross paths with remarkable and successful sustainability professionals. Arlin Wasserman, current CLiGS fellow, is one such trailblazer. (more…) Read More
Marc Stern, CLiGS
Let’s Start by Trusting Each Other
January 22, 2015 — Iris Picat

Trust is key to any relationship. That is a well-known truth excessively written about in popular literature. The distinction with a recent article titled The Multidimensionality of Trust: Applications in Collaborative Natural Resource Management co-authored by Marc Stern, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), is the way it approaches trust. It decomposes its elements and describes four of the forms it takes under the natural resource management umbrella - dispositional… Read More