India IFE – Spring 2018

India - sprawl. CC image courtesy of McKay SavageWith over a billion people moving into the global middle class over the next century, India’s decisions, successes, and failures will have global consequences, making India a game-changer in the worldwide struggle for sustainable development. In March 2016, faculty and students will travel to India on learning journey that focuses on water, climate, and poverty.

We will collaborate with SaciWaters to study source water protection projects in rapidly-developing Hyderabad. The negative impacts of climate change and urbanization on water security are escalating worldwide, with more than half the population expected to live in water-stressed areas by 2050. Rabidly urbanizing areas such as Hyderabad bear the double burden of intensifying water use and degraded ecosystem services for storing and filtering freshwater.

CC image courtesy of SuSanA SecretariatWe will also collaborate with Citizens First to learn about water and sanitation in urban informal settlements.  Their goal is to create awareness among the marginalized slum dwellers for their right to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, and to empower them towards articulating their rights and entitlements with the concerned authorities through participatory, organized, and collective advocacy.

We will travel to Delhi to visit with premier organizations addressing climate mitigation challenges in India.  Delhi has been in the international spotlight for its efforts to curb air pollution and climate related problems, and now is an ideal time to understand some of the latest progress and obstacles on these fronts.

Virginia Tech semester:  Spring 2018
IFE Dates: TBD (March – April)
Faculty Lead:  Bruce Hull
Program Fee:  $3300 (does not include graduate tuition or international airfare)
Registration Deadline:  January 10, 2018 (as part of NR 5114 or NR 5954)

CLiGS International Field Experiences provide opportunities for graduate students and professionals to travel and gain international sustainability experience in rapidly developing regions of the world. Offered as part of a graduate level course through Virginia Tech’s Master of Natural Resources degree program (NR 5114 – Global Issues in Natural Resources), participants earn three graduate credits from Virginia Tech for their participation in the course and project.  The course is conducted online, except for the ten-day fieldwork element conducted in India.  Graduate credits earned through this project can be applied to the Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability, and the online and global formats of the Master of Natural Resources degree.