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Global Study Series, India, Part 2: Sustaining, developing, or just surviving?
August 20, 2019 — Sourav Guha

During my final semester in Virginia Tech’s Online MNR program, I joined a group of students and faculty from the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability on the Spring 2019 Global Study. Our transformative, eye-opening journey to the eastern Indian state of West Bengal began in Kolkata. Local impacts of global environmental change  The effects of planetary environmental crises are already being felt in India. Heat waves, such as the one currently impacting India, have only been increasing in frequency… Read More
Global Study Series, India, Part 1: Preserving East Kolkata Wetlands
August 13, 2019 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – AUGUST 13, 2019 As a student in the Online Master of Natural Resources program at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, Kasey Fioramonti has had a chance to witness the enormous environmental challenges affecting one of the most populous countries in the world—India. Kasey’s International Field Experience (IFE) to India in February 2019 offered her a rare opportunity to see how to recognize a community’s sustainability issues early on and address them at… Read More
Sustainability Professionals and the World Around Them
August 6, 2019 — Michael Mortimer

It is axiomatic that environmental sustainability is a global affair. Climate change, species extinction, pollution, and the supply chains pressuring the planet’s ability to provide humanity with goods and services all share a single defining characteristic: they care not a whit for national boundaries. Decisions and the environmental impacts of those decisions are now separated by hundreds, even thousands of miles. They are likewise both linked to and separated by culture, language, perspectives, and governance. Global education For practitioners of environmental… Read More
David Robertson
Climate change: a new twist on a very old story
July 30, 2019 — David Robertson

More than 80 percent of adults in the United States now believe that climate change (i.e, global warming) is happening. However, only slightly more than 50 percent believe that humans are responsible (Pew 2018). Despite the established scientific consensus that our current climate crisis is the result of human activity, nearly half of the adult U.S. population still don’t believe it! And yet, there is more to this story; much more. I suspect that only a very small percentage of… Read More
XMNR Alum Karlee Siepierski tackles sustainability management at Swire Coca-Cola
July 16, 2019 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – JULY 16, 2019 Since graduating from the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in 2016, Karlee Siepierski has both shifted fields and advanced in her career to become the Corporate Sustainability Manager for Swire Coca-Cola, the producer and distributor of many beloved beverage brands in the U.S. While at first unfamiliar, the beverage industry has become a platform where Karlee demonstrates her attention to sustainable corporate… Read More