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    XMNR alum Brian Macnamara promotes sustainability, collaboration in the hospitality industry
    XMNR alum Brian Macnamara promotes sustainability, collaboration in the hospitality industry , article

    Brian Macnamara, who has worked as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Host Hotels since 2007, says the Executive MNR program helped him discover ways he could incorporate sustainability into business practices in the hospitality sector.

    Date: Aug 17, 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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    Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, and Vice President Kamala Harris, right, listen as President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP
    Message received: the Biden administration is bringing sweeping revisions to the U.S. environmental policy , article

    From rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement to issuing a number of climate-related executive orders, the Biden administration signals serious commitment to addressing the most pressing global challenge of our time—climate change. CLiGS faculty and Environmental Security Fellow Dr. Erwin Villiger offers nuanced insights into the federal initiatives.

    Date: Jun 08, 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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    Leading climate adaptation in rural America , article

    Rural economies and environments are being eroded by climate change, but many communities lack the political will and resources to respond. Dr. Bruce Hull shares the work of several sustainability professionals who are leading climate adaptation efforts in rural communities across the country.

    Date: Jan 19, 2021
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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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    Photo of plastic pollution on a bean in Ghana
    What can we do about global plastic pollution? , article

    Plastic pollution is a new hot issue in global sustainability, and the debate is quickly moving from the sphere of science into international trade and politics. The ecologist and Online MNR faculty member Dr. Michelle Hilleary shares highlights from her study of the environmental and economic effects of growing plastic waste recently published by the journal “Science.”

    Date: Nov 05, 2020
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    Director's Desk Video Series
    Director's Desk Video Series

    Whether we are talking about objects, experiences, or personality traits, authenticity tends to rank highly for most people. What is it about authenticity that makes it so important to us and what does it mean in the context of our increasingly simulacrum lives? Heartened by the recent COVID vaccination progress in the U.S., Dr. Mortimer explores our reasons for traveling and the topic of cultural authenticity, using the example of his favorite city in the world—Barcelona, Spain.

    Date: Mar 09, 2021