Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability http://cligs.vt.edu Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:48:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Champion for Sustainable Agricultural Practices http://cligs.vt.edu/a-champion-for-sustainable-agriculture-practices/ http://cligs.vt.edu/a-champion-for-sustainable-agriculture-practices/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:00:24 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4693 When Josh Nease set out in search of a master’s degree, he was looking for more than just your run-of-the-mill formal education provided by most universities. As the manager of Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC), a nearly 400-acre farm in Catawba, Virginia, that researches sustainable farming practices, he sought a graduate school that offered […]

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Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die? http://cligs.vt.edu/mobile-phones/ http://cligs.vt.edu/mobile-phones/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:00:44 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4696 How would you feel if the mobile phone you just replaced with a newer model ended up here? After I purchased my first smartphone a few years ago, I visited the mobile technology retail store where I had purchased the trusty but slightly outdated flip phone I was replacing, and asked if they would be […]

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Growing Resilient Infrastructure http://cligs.vt.edu/growing-resilient-infrastructure/ http://cligs.vt.edu/growing-resilient-infrastructure/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:00:18 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4681 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 […]

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Residential Real Estate Sustainability Practices in Northern Virginia http://cligs.vt.edu/residential-real-estate-sustainability-practices-northern-virginia/ http://cligs.vt.edu/residential-real-estate-sustainability-practices-northern-virginia/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:00:56 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4174 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. Builders are key stakeholders in the […]

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The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Sustainable Development or not? http://cligs.vt.edu/grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-sustainable-development-not/ http://cligs.vt.edu/grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-sustainable-development-not/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:00:47 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4589 The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) broke ground on the Blue Nile River on April 2, 2011, and is expected to be completed in 2017, at which point it will be the largest dam in Africa. The GERD has the potential to transform Ethiopia into an energy exporter, driving needed economic growth, but at what […]

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A 21st Century Program for 21st Century Challenges http://cligs.vt.edu/21st-century-program-21st-century-challenges/ http://cligs.vt.edu/21st-century-program-21st-century-challenges/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:00:55 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4627 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 […]

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A Different Facet of “On-the-Ground” http://cligs.vt.edu/different-facet-ground/ http://cligs.vt.edu/different-facet-ground/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:00:24 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4521 “Working on what you care about makes work so much more interesting and fulfilling,” says Mandy Chesnutt, an alumna of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort. “I go home every night knowing I contributed to something bigger.” In February 2010, Mandy began work at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), one […]

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Urbanizing China and its Effects on Biodiversity http://cligs.vt.edu/urbanizing-china-effects-biodiversity/ http://cligs.vt.edu/urbanizing-china-effects-biodiversity/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:00:50 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4584 “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. Andrew recently co-authored a paper, with researchers from Texas A&M and Yale University, titled “Balancing urban growth and ecological conservation: A challenge for […]

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Water Reflections: A Traveler Stumbles Upon Dry Land http://cligs.vt.edu/water-reflections-a-traveler-stumbles-upon-dry-land/ http://cligs.vt.edu/water-reflections-a-traveler-stumbles-upon-dry-land/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:00:28 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4474 As a native Michigander, I grew up around one of the largest fresh water systems in the world, the Great Lakes — not to mention the countless inland lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that were carved into Michigan’s landscape by retreating glaciers thousands of years ago. Surrounded by so much fresh water, the words “drought”, […]

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Collective Impact: A Case Study of the Chester River Association http://cligs.vt.edu/collective-impact-case-study-chester-river-association/ http://cligs.vt.edu/collective-impact-case-study-chester-river-association/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:00:41 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4357 This past summer, Starlite Sustainable Solutions (SSS), a student team of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, worked on a project that focused on how Collective Impact (CI) can be instrumental in making progress on complex social and environmental issues. This particular learning experience built upon previous months of learning sustainability […]

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