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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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    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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    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth
    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth , article

    “Our sense of homeland security transcends borders and boundaries, and we must recognize that the only true common ground we share is our planet,” Online MNR student Renee ODonnell writes in a blog post that warns against climate complacency and explores the new cross-disciplinary field of environmental security.

    Date: Jun 22, 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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    Is it time for a “meat tax”? OMNR student makes a case for sustainable steak. , article

    The amount of meat consumed around the world today is unsustainable for the health of our planet and its people. Yet it seems incredibly hard to change people’s habits. Jessica Naimy, an Online MNR student explores an idea of “a meat tax,” as a possible solution to reducing global meat consumption.

    Date: Jan 12, 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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    United Nations Charter signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco; UN Photo
    We the peoples… Why we need nations united, more than ever. , article

    As 2020 keeps reminding us, unity and alignment are key to solving pervasive problems, like the coronavirus pandemic. “One could argue that the best defense against a microscopic problem lies in a global solidarity solution,” writes Elizabeth Feliciano, the Director of Global Events for the United Nations Foundation and a student in our Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, as part of her reflections on the 2020 United Nations General Assembly.

    Date: Dec 08, 2020
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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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    2019 Heroines of Health Award Reception and Gala. Photo courtesy of the UN Foundation
    XMNR student applies classroom lessons to her work at the United Nations Foundation to help fight COVID-19 , article

    The emergence of COVID-19 has deeply affected how we address sustainability issues. The pandemic has also upended the way we work. The Director of Global Events for the United Nations Foundation and Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student Beth Feliciano has witnessed both first hand. Her portfolio now includes raising funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, as a unique way for individuals and companies to contribute directly to the global fight against the pandemic. Learn more about Beth's work and ways you can participate in the fund's efforts.

    Date: Jun 08, 2020

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