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    Greening the telecommunications industry: XMNR alum and Cox Communications VP Jeff Merritt makes big strides
    Greening the telecommunications industry: XMNR alum and Cox Communications VP Jeff Merritt makes big strides , article

    A telecommunications industry veteran and XMNR alum Jeff Merritt is on a mission to help one of the largest telecom providers in the country to not only become a more sustainable company but to ensure that it can adapt to and continue to thrive despite operational challenges caused by climate change.

    Date: Jun 01, 2021
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    Caitlin Callahan in Longsheng rice terraces outside of Guilin, China, during a Global Study trip; Photo: Caitlin Callahan
    OMNR alumna gains new perspectives on international development and humanitarian relief work , article

    Understanding global natural resources is a key component of successful international development work. Online MNR alumna Caitlin Callahan shares her experience in our graduate program, including three Global Study trips.

    Date: May 11, 2021
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    Audra Upchurch visited Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK to oversee evaluation of environmental impacts of the NASA Sounding Rocket project, with SAIC.
    A “Triple Hokie” Audra Upchurch helps federal agencies implement environmental policy , article

    From the impact of wind energy farms on migrating bird populations; to border patrol stations’ effects on local wildlife; to the federal infrastructure climate-change resilience plans—Audra Upchurch’s job is to help guide the work of federal agencies in environmentally sustainable ways. Audra talked to us about how the MNR degree led her into a new and fulfilling career.

    Date: May 04, 2021
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    Seeing the bigger picture: urban planner and OMNR alum Marshall Distel on social sustainability of cities
    Seeing the bigger picture: urban planner and OMNR alum Marshall Distel on social sustainability of cities , article

    “The MNR program helped me see that my role in sustainability is about way more than transportation,” says Marshall Distel, an Online MNR alum and Transportation Planner at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission in the greater Burlington, Vermont region. “I learned to see the bigger picture. Communities can shape streets, but streets can also shape communities.”

    Date: Apr 06, 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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    Calculated risks: XMNR alumna Patricia Loria on changing careers from insurance to CO2 capture
    Calculated risks: XMNR alumna Patricia Loria on changing careers from insurance to CO2 capture , article

    Patricia Loria had a successful career in the corporate insurance industry and an MBA, but as she considered making a pivot into sustainability, she needed new and different skills. Her experience in the XMNR program equipped her with the capabilities she needed to feel confident entering a new field and to secure a position at an environmental think tank.

    Date: Mar 02, 2021
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    XMNR turns 10! Meet the brave alumni who helped launch the program.
    XMNR turns 10! Meet the brave alumni who helped launch the program. , article

    “While much has changed during the past decade, our mission and values remain the same: educating, inspiring, and empowering professionals to change the world and create a better future,” reflects Program Director, Dr. David Robertson. Meet some of our first XMNR students and learn more about where we are headed.

    Date: Feb 02, 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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    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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