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About The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability 

Founded in 2014, the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) equips current and aspiring environmental and sustainability professionals with the credentials, competencies, connections, and confidence to become more effective leaders, now and in the future.


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    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth
    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth , article

    “Our sense of homeland security transcends borders and boundaries, and we must recognize that the only true common ground we share is our planet,” Online MNR student Renee ODonnell writes in a blog post that warns against climate complacency and explores the new cross-disciplinary field of environmental security.

    Date: Jun 22, 2021
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    Career Coaching Series: how to develop a resilience mindset
    Career Coaching Series: how to develop a resilience mindset , article

    New Career Coaching Series: We have asked the Center’s Career Coaches to share their thoughts on a variety of topics beneficial to our students, alumni, and the wider community of sustainability professionals. The first post is by Kathy Miller Perkins on developing a resilience mindset.

    Date: Jun 15, 2021
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    Ensuring access to safe and sufficient water supplies is just one of the many challenges that fall under the umbrella of environmental security. Here, women wait to dispense water from a tanker truck in drought-stricken Chennai, India. Photo by Michael Mortimer, Virginia Tech.
    Board of Visitors approves proposed School of Environmental Security , article

    "It’s a natural evolution of the work of CLiGS, and it will cement Virginia Tech’s role at the critical intersection of environmental sustainability, security, and human well-being,” said Michael Mortimer, director of CLiGS, who will lead the new school.

    Date: Jun 09, 2021


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