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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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    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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    climate protest sign
    Depolarizing climate action , article

    “Believe it or not, passionate concern for the climate may be holding back progress on the crucial environmental issue of our time,” says Dr. Bruce Hull. To be sure, similar to religion and equal rights, climate change—and what to do about it—is one of the most contentious topics in the public discourse. In this article, Dr. Hull offers collaboration strategies that transcend entrenched beliefs and allow a path forward.

    Date: Apr 20, 2021
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    school of fish
    The migraine of migration: the tiny island-nation of Kiribati struggles for survival , article

    To Pacific Islanders, being called “climate refugees” equals “second-class” citizens. Yet, for many, their homeland is sinking into the ocean. The writer and recent Executive MNR alumna Karen (Songyi) Zhang talks about the impacts of climate change on this small island nation and strategies for finding practical solutions in the face of enormous challenges.

    Date: Apr 13, 2021
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    Stefano Boeri Architetti's Forest City
    Vertical Forest City: China’s sustainable urban development , article

    Historically seen as one of the world’s worst polluters, China is emerging as an environmental leader, with a long-term vision and political will to carry it out. Author and recent XMNR alumna Karen (Songyi) Zhang uses the example of Italian-designed Vertical Forest City in the southwestern city of Liuzhou, as a vivid illustration of that commitment.

    Date: Mar 09, 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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    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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    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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    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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