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Students in our interdisciplinary graduate degree programs gain the knowledge, skills, and ability to influence a broad range of sustainability challenges in local communities, the workplace, and throughout global society.

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Earning a Graduate Degree in Times of Social Distancing
With the whole world now looking to online education, choosing a program experienced in virtual instruction is key. Our faculty are experts in online teaching. We design all courses in our degree programs to be accessible and engaging no matter where our students are in the world. 

  • The Online MNR curriculum and instruction are built around the needs of adult learners who need maximum flexibility. 
  • The Executive MNR classroom sessions are easy to attend virtually, allowing students to participate in cohort lectures, discussions, and team projects in real time. 
  • Our Global Study trips are paused for now, but will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

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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    Audra Upchurch visited Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK to oversee evaluation of environmental impacts of the NASA Sounding Rocket project, with SAIC.
    A “Triple Hokie” Audra Upchurch helps federal agencies implement environmental policy , article

    From the impact of wind energy farms on migrating bird populations; to border patrol stations’ effects on local wildlife; to the federal infrastructure climate-change resilience plans—Audra Upchurch’s job is to help guide the work of federal agencies in environmentally sustainable ways. Audra talked to us about how the MNR degree led her into a new and fulfilling career.

    Date: May 04, 2021
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    Depolarizing climate action , article

    “Believe it or not, passionate concern for the climate may be holding back progress on the crucial environmental issue of our time,” says Dr. Bruce Hull. To be sure, similar to religion and equal rights, climate change—and what to do about it—is one of the most contentious topics in the public discourse. In this article, Dr. Hull offers collaboration strategies that transcend entrenched beliefs and allow a path forward.

    Date: Apr 20, 2021
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    The migraine of migration: the tiny island-nation of Kiribati struggles for survival , article

    To Pacific Islanders, being called “climate refugees” equals “second-class” citizens. Yet, for many, their homeland is sinking into the ocean. The writer and recent Executive MNR alumna Karen (Songyi) Zhang talks about the impacts of climate change on this small island nation and strategies for finding practical solutions in the face of enormous challenges.

    Date: Apr 13, 2021


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