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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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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.


See the latest videos from our faculty,

sustainability experts, students, and alumni.


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    Save the date: Transforming worldviews with MNR faculty , article

    Mark your calendars! The new Transforming Worldviews: MNR Faculty Perspectives webinar series is an opportunity for MNR alumni and students to connect with faculty and each other and learn about several challenging sustainability issues.

    Date: Sep 19, 2023
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    XMNR '19 students and program faculty speaking with fishermen along the Nile River, Egypt. Photo: David Robertson
    Intercultural engagement for environmental and sustainability professionals , article

    Intercultural competence is a key skill for environmental and sustainability professionals. Thank you to Associate Professor of Practice Gary Barrett for sharing his experience and inviting diverse guest faculty, including from underserved and historically marginalized communities, into the XMNR classroom to share their perspectives and expertise.

    Date: Sep 12, 2023
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    Fostering science curiosity to advance sustainability , article

    Can fostering interest and curiosity in science help us put aside our biases and come together to solve wicked problems, like climate change? MNR (Online) student Ellen Haggerty explores the tools we can use.

    Date: Sep 05, 2023