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    How do we save global forests? A call to action from the Global Forest Summit
    How do we save global forests? A call to action from the Global Forest Summit , article

    “If only tropical deforestation were a country today, it would be the third largest C02 emitter behind China and the United States. Stopping deforestation is an absolute priority.” Online MNR student Todd Waldron reflects on the current state of global forests.

    Date: Sep 07, 2021
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    A typical street scene in Manshiyat Naser, or “Garbage City,” an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Local residents, known as the Zabaleen, are organized in the collecting, sorting, and recycling of millions of tons of Cairo’s refuse, providing an essential service to the megacity where municipal services are often lacking. Photo: Michael Mortimer
    Consider your culture: MNR students learn to reflect on social norms in environmental decision-making , article

    How culturally competent are you? Recognizing the importance of cultural context in sustainability issues, the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) administers a standardized cultural competence assessment to all graduate students in degree programs to help them recognize and improve blind spots.

    Date: Aug 24, 2021
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    Everglades mangrove swamp
    Helping the Everglades’ mangrove forests survive climate change , article

    There is some hope for mangrove survival if conservationists and managers plan effective climate change adaptation strategies and incorporate them into existing conservation plans to get the most bang for the buck, reports Online MNR student Noelle Chantarasap.

    Date: Aug 10, 2021
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    Saving the American French fry: climate change impacts on agriculture
    Saving the American French fry: climate change impacts on agriculture , article

    Online MNR student Brett Hundley examines climate adaptation strategies for potatoes grown in the U.S. Pacific Northwest as part of his program coursework.

    Date: Jul 06, 2021
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    My cultural confession: we are not all the same and it’s a good thing.
    My cultural confession: we are not all the same and it’s a good thing. , article

    “I used to think that I was culturally compelling. That I was empathetic and adaptable to other cultures. And while that may be true, it doesn’t necessarily translate to mean that I am a global citizen,” writes Jodi Greenlee, a recent alumna of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program. In this blog post, Jodi examines what it means to be interculturally competent.

    Date: Feb 09, 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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    Solving complex sustainability issues starts with clear communication
    Solving complex sustainability issues starts with clear communication , article

    Sustainability issues are complex and often hotly debated. Knowing how to talk about challenging subjects with diverse audiences is key to solving them. Not surprisingly, successful communication starts with empathy—an ability to really listen and put yourself in the shoes of the person or group with whom you’re trying to communicate. Instructor Mary Berry teaches students in our Online Master of Natural Resources program how to become effective sustainability communicators in her course Leadership Communication for Sustainability Professionals.

    Date: Oct 20, 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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    The Making of a Virtual XMNR Cohort: a Producer’s Perspective
    The Making of a Virtual XMNR Cohort: a Producer’s Perspective , article

    Amy Hubbard, XMNR Program Associate, shares a candid, behind-the-scenes account of what it takes to bring an in-person, synchronous graduate program entirely online. Amy talks about lessons learned, unexpected benefits of the new format, and plans for the program’s future.

    Date: Oct 06, 2020

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