Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability http://cligs.vt.edu Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Jennifer Sevin and Muzaffer Uysal Named CLiGS Fellows http://cligs.vt.edu/jennifer-sevin-muzaffer-uysal-named-cligs-fellows/ http://cligs.vt.edu/jennifer-sevin-muzaffer-uysal-named-cligs-fellows/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:00:13 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4558 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. “Affiliates are an asset to helping us expand our expertise in research areas and […]

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Urban Stormwater Runoff: the Grey and the Green http://cligs.vt.edu/urban-stormwater-runoff-the-grey-and-the-green/ http://cligs.vt.edu/urban-stormwater-runoff-the-grey-and-the-green/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:19 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4176 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 […]

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My Glimpse at Different Conservation Solutions in India http://cligs.vt.edu/glimpse-different-conservation-solutions-india/ http://cligs.vt.edu/glimpse-different-conservation-solutions-india/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:00:30 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4523 As I arrived at the airport and prepared to meet my classmates from the Online Master of Natural Resources program in person for the very first time, I began to feel a bit apprehensive at the task before us. Our goal: an analysis of the sustainable livelihood programs in the Western Terai-Arc Tiger Conservation landscape, […]

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Leading the Way from Forests to Faucets http://cligs.vt.edu/leading-way-forests-faucets-special-interview-buck-kline/ http://cligs.vt.edu/leading-way-forests-faucets-special-interview-buck-kline/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:00:42 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4436 Forests improve our drinking water: nearly 75 percent of the Northeast and Midwest region’s population relies on forests to reduce sedimentation and remove excess nutrients from the surface water they drink. CLiGS recently had the opportunity to interview Buck Kline about his experiences as a leader of efforts to improve forests and water. This interview […]

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From Capstone to Curriculum http://cligs.vt.edu/capstone-curriculum/ http://cligs.vt.edu/capstone-curriculum/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:00:08 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4379 Did you know that invasive feral pigs have been reported in at least 40 of the 50 states? This past month, Robert Cox, recent Online Master of Natural Resource graduate, was personally invited to attend a writing workshop organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Project Wild. The workshop was […]

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