By 2050, the world will be a fundamentally different place. Sustainability and natural resource management professionals will need to be able to work across scales, disciplines, and sectors to understand and operate within a rapidly changing context. The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability is committed to building leadership for this future. CLiGS is building a portfolio of global programs to explore and help advance sustainable development strategies in rapidly urbanizing regions around the world. MNR students have an opportunity to participate in these programs and projects by enrolling in a CLiGS Global Project study abroad course (NR 5954) for three (3) credits.
CLiGS Global Projects
CLiGS Global Projects are applied, professionally oriented, interdisciplinary, and short-term projects that explore and advance innovative sustainable development strategies being developed in places around the world. CLiGS Global Project courses (NR 5954) include four weeks of online pre-trip work, 10-days of international fieldwork, and four weeks of online post-trip work. Travel occurs over semester breaks. There are additional expenses involved in NR 5954 to cover field and travel expenses. To learn more about specific projects, visit http://gsi.cnre.vt.edu
CLiGS is pleased to welcome Xiaotang JIANG, a Yunnan native, as the new Program Coordinator for the Yunnan Sustainability Network. (more…)
The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) at Virginia Tech is proud to welcome our new affiliates: Holly Wise, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Heath Baumann, Natural Resources Maintenance Manager at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority; and Richard Dooley, Project Manager for the Community Energy Plan project of Arlington County. (more…)
CLiGS South Africa Ecological Infrastructure Program is focused on the challenges of regional and urban planning in a water stressed biodiviersity hotspot such as South Africa. Focusing on strategies developing in the Western Cape and Durban areas, the CLiGS South Africa Program will provide graduate students and professionals an opportunity to explore innovative ecological infrastructure development policies and strategies and the unique challenges of developing sustainably in post-Apartheid South Africa through direct engagement with local partners. Join CLiGS South Africa Project for an opportunity to gain global experience while traveling and exploring this beautiful part of the world. SouthAfrica.pdf (35 downloads) .
Three of the current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) Cohort, Heeral Bhalala, Lise Blackburn P.E. and Spencer Cooper, have chosen to focus their Directed Study Project on a topic that both meets the need of their (more…)