Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability http://cligs.vt.edu Wed, 20 May 2015 00:40:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Be the Example You Want to See http://cligs.vt.edu/example-want-see/ http://cligs.vt.edu/example-want-see/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 08:00:32 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4315 Wanting to break out of his Navy mold, Darin Liston pondered his next move. “I thought natural resources was a better fit for me in the long run; helping to save the planet,” rather than being a government contractor. When he saw the Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) program available in his own backyard […]

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CLiGS announces new advisory group http://cligs.vt.edu/cligs-announces-new-advisory-group/ http://cligs.vt.edu/cligs-announces-new-advisory-group/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 21:39:11 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4787 The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources and Environment has formed a 14-member external advisory group comprised of business, nonprofit, and public sector executives it calls the 2050 Council. “Since 2050 is the reference point for many of the discussions about environmental sustainability that are occurring worldwide, we thought […]

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Global Cooling? http://cligs.vt.edu/global-cooling/ http://cligs.vt.edu/global-cooling/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 07:00:27 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4757 In today’s modern world there have been a lot of revolutionary innovations that allow us to live the way we do – automobiles, electronics…and air conditioning. Although cooling systems may not be widely considered by the average person, they have perhaps had the greatest influence globally on where and how humans live. Lets dig a […]

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Biophilic DC http://cligs.vt.edu/biophilic-dc/ http://cligs.vt.edu/biophilic-dc/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:35:54 +0000 http://cligs.vt.edu/?p=4746 For the last several months, a working group has worked on bringing the Sense of the Council on Biophilic Cities Resolution of 2015 to the Council of the District of Columbia. The group was composed of co-founder Stella Tarney of Dumbarton Oaks Park and the Sustainable Landscape Design Program at George Washington University, Chris Weiss […]

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A Champion for Sustainable Agricultural Practices http://cligs.vt.edu/a-champion-for-sustainable-agricultural-practices/ http://cligs.vt.edu/a-champion-for-sustainable-agricultural-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 able […]

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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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