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Residential Real Estate Sustainability Practices in Northern Virginia

What green features are builders prioritizing in their designs? What are buyers willing to invest in? Those were just some of the questions that Peter Burke, Executive Master of Natural Resources student and realtor, asked in his most recent study of residential real estate sustainability practices in Northern Virginia. (more…)

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A 21st Century Program for 21st Century Challenges

The Online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program celebrates its one-year anniversary of going fully online with an added International Field Experience (IFE) requirement. Virginia Tech began offering Natural Resource courses in 1994 and the MNR graduate degree in 2003 out of the National Capital Region, but in looking at what natural resource management meant in light of 21st century challenges, the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) decided it was time to redefine and restructure the original program. (more…)

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Urbanizing China and its Effects on Biodiversity

“Chinese cities, both large and small, are expanding everywhere, and this growth is fundamentally changing the country,” says Andrew Perlstein, Assistant Director of Executive Programs for CLiGS, about a rapidly urbanizing China. (more…)

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Jennifer Sevin and Muzaffer Uysal Named CLiGS Fellows

Since the formation of the center in 2012, CLiGS has named 42 affiliates of which 34 are fellows of varying capacity. Each affiliate is chosen for their expertise and commitment to the center’s mission, serving initial three-year terms, subject to renewal. (more…)

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Urban Stormwater Runoff: the Grey and the Green

Stormwater runoff, and for some cities dry-weather runoff, is the largest source of pollution in our nation’s waters. Out of necessity, and because of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stricter enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA) statutes, cities are becoming leaders in the movement to better manage stormwater runoff. Some are designing and implementing green infrastructure (GI) approaches that are being watched closely as potential role models. Others are working hard to find the right balance between green and grey infrastructure to address pollution challenges and to better serve their citizens. (more…)

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Can Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation Overlap in India?

Last month, in January, a group of CLiGS graduate students spent ten days in Uttarakhand, India, to conduct a cross-sector assessment of sustainable livelihood programs in the western Terai-Arc Tiger Conservation Landscape, using tiger conservation as a framework for their International Field Experience (IFE) project. (more…)