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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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    COVID-19, animal markets, and environmental security
    COVID-19, animal markets, and environmental security , article

    CLiGS Environmental Security Fellow Dr. Marina Malamud puts the global coronavirus pandemic in the context of Environmental Security, an emerging field encompassing trends and events affecting the wellbeing of humans, and a new area of focus for Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.

    Date: Nov 24, 2020
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    OMNR alum partners with CLiGS authors to publish Leadership for Sustainability , article

    “Working at Island Press has helped me get a good night’s sleep, knowing that what I’m doing is a good thing, that I’m working towards something better,” says Jason Leppig, Online MNR alum and Marketing Director at Island Press, an environment-focused nonprofit and the book publisher for Leadership for Sustainability: Strategies for Tackling Wicked Problems by CLiGS faculty members.

    Date: Nov 19, 2020
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    Can the pandemic force us to build better food systems?
    Can the pandemic force us to build better food systems? , article

    “Exploring the space where landscape architecture and urban planning overlap, I seek to understand causes and explore solutions to social injustice from a different perspective. Food policy, food systems resilience, and urban agriculture are the areas of deep interest to me,” says Lynda S. Ramirez-Blust, a student in our Urban Ecology course.

    Date: Nov 12, 2020


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