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    Online MNR alum Daniel and his crew built staircases to bring hikers up from the gorge to the main trail, Chippewa Creek Gorge, Ohio
    Daniel Dydek forges a new career path, combining diverse professional skills, personal interests, and a passion for sustainability , article

    Online MNR alum Daniel Dydek was looking for a way to put a diverse set of skills and professional experiences—spanning creative writing, bicycle mechanics, oil and gas, and military service—to use in conservation and sustainability. He talked to us about the importance of recognizing opportunities and being comfortable with complexity.

    Date: Aug 03, 2021
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    Anne Usher examining tide pools
    Mapping ocean plastic: OMNR student Anne Usher partners with nonprofit to stem flow , article

    Online MNR Student Anne Usher recently served as an advisor to OpenOceans Global, a marine nonprofit organization devoted to modeling the flow of plastic into the ocean. Anne credits the graduate program with giving her a much stronger understanding of the science of climate change and coastal and marine environments.

    Date: Jul 20, 2021
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    The Green Globe-certified El Dorado Royale by Karisma resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    Can the tourism industry “come back better”? , article

    Makayla Haertel, a student in the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, recently had an opportunity to visit a Green Globe-certified resort in Mexico. She shares her reflections on the potential of sustainable tourism.

    Date: Jul 13, 2021
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    Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa; Photo by Dr. Michael Mortimer*
    Climate change solutions from the other side of the world: Neil Dampier to lead a Global Study to South Africa , article

    CLiGS faculty and OMNR alum Neil Dampier grew up in apartheid-era South Africa. Now, he is teaching OMNR students about the connection between social inequality and natural resources disparity through the “Global Issues in Natural Resources” course, which includes a 10-Day Global Study in South Africa.

    Date: May 18, 2021
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    Jenny Reitz at Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)
    OMNR alumna Jenny Reitz applies systems thinking to water quality. , article

    “Really, what I got out of the program the most was the systemic approach to the environment—that, ultimately, everything is connected,” says Jenny Reitz. “If we want to provide clean drinking water for future generations, it’s not so much of an issue here on the East Coast where we have plenty of water—maybe sometimes even too much—but in places out West where we’re having shortages. It helped me understand that the types of research we’re doing could really have an impact nationwide.”

    Date: Mar 23, 2021
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    As a Water Quality Monitor with Anacostia Riverkeeper, Lindsay took water samples along the Anacostia Watershed to analyze bacteria levels.
    Marketing expert and OMNR student Lindsay Kuczera gets her feet wet in sustainability science. , article

    Going back to school is often a humbling experience, and can feel risky, especially if you have already established a successful career. Online MNR student Lindsay Kuczera didn’t let comfort get in the way of pursuing a new passion for sustainability. In fact, she found a way to use the combined power of her communications expertise and the MNR coursework to make the leap in her career less daunting.

    Date: Mar 16, 2021
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    barn photo
    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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    Coastal cities, like Virginia Beach, are prioritizing resilience planning to address the threat of sea level rise.
    XMNR students and alumni put the concept of climate resilience into practice , article

    “‘Resilience’ has become a recurring theme, not only in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in the way that we tackle climate change and sustainable development,” points out recent XMNR alum Garrett Davidson in his post about Resilient Virginia, a non-profit working on accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the state.

    Date: Jan 05, 2021
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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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    Virginia Beach, VA. Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, United States. Wikimedia Commons
    Virginia Beach: bracing for local impact of global climate change , article

    “Climate change is a global phenomenon, but its effects reflect local and regional conditions. Developing and selecting adaptation strategies that reflect geographic idiosyncrasies, as well as the needs and values of multiple stakeholders, isn’t always easy,” writes Jennie Hoffman, marine ecologist and one of the newest XMNR faculty members.

    Date: Oct 13, 2020

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