2014 XMNR International Residency

Every year, Executive Master of Natural Resource (XMNR) students, within the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), participate in an International Residency (IR) to help broaden their understanding of global sustainability challenges and strategies being developed to address them. Thanks to these trips, the XMNR program, geared towards full-time working professionals, provides students with concrete international experience, dealing with real world sustainability issues. (more…)

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Architects Explore Sustainable Housing Development in China

This year the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) continued to build upon its experience in China, expanding the reach of its China-related programs, by developing and leading a study tour for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S.’s leading professional association for architects. The group of 19 professional architects, all members of AIA’s Housing Knowledge Community and representing a wide range of both private architecture practices and academic institutions, traveled to China’s Yunnan Province in May, (more…)

GreenBiz Soy Series

Bean Seeds, Edamame Soybean-Vegetable SeedsIn Spring 2014, CLiGS Affiliates Bruce Hull, Barbara McCutchan, and Arlin Wasserman authored a three-part article series, published by, exploring the rapidly changing landscape of sustainability in the global soy market.  Hull and McCutchan served as faculty advisers for the Brazil International Field Experience in 2013, and Wasserman is an expert on global food systems. The overarching theme of the series — as climate, diets and consumer tastes change, soy production is becoming a more prominent part of the sustainability equation both as a ubiquitous part of our food, clothing and other consumer goods and also as a major factor that is shaping our landscape and water resources.

Dr. Paul Polak, Capstone Speaker for XMNR

Book: The Business Solution to PovertyOn Friday, May 9, 2014, Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability has invited Dr. Paul Polak as the final speaker to close out the last weekend session for the 2013-2014 cohort of the Executive Masters of Natural Resources degree program. During the program the 24 graduate student cohort and faculty have covered leadership–from self to system, and sustainability from local to global with focuses on water, agriculture, food, climate change, energy, and shelter. They have worked on sustainable enterprise analysis, collective impact and public-private partnerships as models for action. Their classwork and fieldwork included client engagement projects in the Yunnan Province of China. (more…)


Xiaotang Jiang, New Yunnan Sustainability Coordinator

CLiGS is pleased to welcome Xiaotang Jiang, a Yunnan native, as the new Program Coordinator for the Yunnan Sustainability Network.  (more…)

X13 on Erhai Lake

XMNR IR Project on Integrated Water Management in China

In Spring 2013, the XMNR 2012-2013 Cohort investigated the feasibility of developing and deploying an agent-based participatory model for the Erhai Lake Basin in Yunnan Province, China that would simulate real and relative social, economic, and ecological impacts of various development decisions for the immediate and broader region, with an emphasis on water quality and availability. (more…)