Farmer in Brazil
Partnering Across Sectors to Reduce Amazon Deforestation
February 1, 2015 — CLiGS

The worlds’ landscape is constantly changing. Those who live in suburbs of thriving metropolitan cities might see their neighborhoods get built up seemingly overnight, while other changes might take decades or centuries or can only be seen on a global scale. No matter the development or challenge at hand, collaboration is key to achieving direction, alignment and commitment towards generating innovative solutions to complex problems. (more…) Read More
Chris Cook Switches Direction – New Position as Sustainability Director
January 27, 2015 — CLiGS

In the years leading up to his enrollment in a masters program, Chris Cook was looking for something new; a change that would provide ways for him to make an impact on his future and his community. This led him to pursue the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program in 2012, where he learned “that being a change agent would probably mean doing something different and potentially risky.” (more…) Read More
Marc Stern in Libano
Trust Theory in Natural Resource Management
January 26, 2015 — CLiGS

“To address our rapidly changing climate, resource conditions, and social needs, we need to innovate. This works best when diverse groups aren’t afraid to work together and share their diverse talents, ideas, and networks,” says Marc Stern, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). (more…) Read More
Zach Hoffmann and his dog Zahara
The Mutual Benefits of Managed Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
January 12, 2015 — Iris Picat

Overfishing is becoming a focus-issue among marine conservationists in light of food security challenges and economic trends. Zach Hoffman, a Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student and Global Programs Coordinator at Rare, recently co-authored an article titled Marine protected areas and fisheries: bridging the divide published in a special edition of the journal Aquatic Conservation. The article highlights the challenges caused by overfishing and submits recommendations on how fisheries and marine protected areas, two areas of the… Read More
Partnering for Water
December 8, 2014 — CLiGS

Water is an essential resource to our well-being with innumerable economic, social and environmental benefits. Urban waterways affect immense subsets of the population in the contiguous upstream and downstream communities by providing educational, social and recreational opportunities. They are at the centerpiece of many local businesses and often serve as drinking water sources. Unfortunately, urban waterways are also at a greater risk for pollution due to stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roads and parking lots, and industrial sources.… Read More