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      • Aug 20, 2018 Drinking in Global Sustainability – Part II

        [In Part I of this two-part series, Master of Natural Resources (MNR) alumnus Lindsay Key chronicled her arrival in Zagreb, Croatia, to meet with Dr. Anamaria Bukvic and students enrolled in the MNR program’s course on Global Issues in Natural Resources, which includes a 10-day International Field Experience (IFE). In this installment, Lindsay offers an insider’s view to the IFE students’ trip to Rovinj, Pula, and Karlovac, where they met local leaders to discuss the challenges facing communities along the Adriatic Sea.]

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      • Aug 20, 2018 Designing Sustainable Landscapes

        Nicole Hersch is a recent Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate who combined her studies in sustainability with the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at Virginia Tech. She aims to pair her skills in landscape design with an advanced sense of ecology through a cultural perspective.

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      • Aug 13, 2018 Drinking in Global Sustainability – Part I

        Croatians have a lot to be proud of this summer with the country’s successes in the World Cup. But another long-standing point of pride in Croatia is the quality of its water.

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      • Jun 28, 2018 Sustainable Cuba

        Cuba has been ranked as one of the most sustainable countries in the world. But it also faces profound challenges as an island nation in the 21st century. In 2018, the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLIGS) began to include Cuba on its list of countries its students will be visiting. Likewise, as the co-founder of Solstice, CLiGS’ longtime travel partner, I’m pleased to announce an opportunity for all our mutual friends and colleagues to experience Cuba.

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      • Dec 07, 2017 New Course – Innovative Water Partnerships

        A new course offered by the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLIGS) will explore how alternative approaches to water management can increase efficiency and reduce costs in the public water sector.

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      • Sep 25, 2017 Biopolitical Disaster

        It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alteration between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez describes an ill-fated town named Macondo. Ironically, the oil prospect where Deepwater…

      • Nov 14, 2014 Alumna named Executive Director of the South River Federation

        Kate Fritz, an alumna of Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), was recently named Executive Director of the South River Federation, a nonprofit that serves to protect and preserve Maryland’s South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. As a proponent of sustainability, this career move will allow Fritz to continue making an impact at the local level and in the larger watershed.

      • Jul 09, 2014 Architects Explore Sustainable Housing Development in China

        This year the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) continued to build upon its experience in China, expanding the reach of its China-related programs, by developing and leading a study tour for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S.’s leading professional association for architects. The group of 19 professional architects, all members of AIA’s Housing Knowledge Community and representing a wide range of both private architecture practices and academic institutions, traveled to China’s Yunnan Province in May...

      • Nov 15, 2013 CLiGS XMNR Students working with WWF on Supply Chain Innovations for Soft Commodities

        Three of the current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) Cohort, Heeral Bhalala, Lise Blackburn P.E. and Spencer Cooper, have chosen to focus their Directed Study Project on a topic that both meets the need of their own professional development goals, and also those of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), namely finding innovations in supply chain management to feed a rapidly growing population on a fixed diet, the resources of one earth. During their third semester of the XMNR, students are able to…