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Holly Wise
Sustainable Brands Founder Calls for Courageous Optimism
July 9, 2019 — Holly Wise

The Sustainable Brands Conference drew over 2,000 people to Detroit’s Cobo Center the first week of June, for inspiration and exchange around global and local sustainability topics. The Sustainable Brands CEO and Founder KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz set the stage by calling for courageous optimism in facing the challenges of saving the planet, despite the daunting data shared at the event: 60% decline in vertebrate species since 1970 The Amazon River is near its tipping point of 25% species loss 60–100… Read More
CLiGS Instructor Brings EPA Experience to Private Sector in Green Infrastructure
July 2, 2019 —
  BY ALEC MASELLA – JULY 1, 2019 Turning sustainability goals into action can be an arduous process, requiring skills in mass communication, civics, economics, and corporate management. Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability Online Master of Natural Resources instructor Dominique Lueckenhoff has made outstanding efforts to prepare students to navigate the complexities of sustainable action. In bringing together her experiences with private-sector business models, academia, government regulatory/non-regulatory programs, and collaborative problem-solving, Lueckenhoff offers her students a broad… Read More
Applying XMNR Lessons in the Field
June 25, 2019 — Tyler Walston

When considering grad school, people often wonder whether the investment of time, effort, and resources will pay off. And if so, when? Tyler Walston is currently about half-way through the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate program at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, and what he's learning in class, and through team and individual assignments, he has applied directly to his current job responsibilities. I work as an Environmental Planner for Wicomico County, Maryland, where one of my responsibilities is… Read More
Dr. Bruce Hull
India Series, Part 3: Rural Development Dilemma
June 18, 2019 — Bruce Hull

Study tours help sustainable development professionals experience globally relevant challenges and innovations. In India, teachable moments abound, as was the case recently when I led a group of graduate students from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). India’s development trajectory will likely be the most significant in human history and thus the most consequential for global sustainability challenges. Rapid urbanization  India is set to be the fastest urbanizing country in history. Every year, new urban area the… Read More
Dr. Bruce Hull
India Series, Part 2: Water, Waste, Tea, and the Need for Good Government
June 11, 2019 — Bruce Hull

  I’ve recently visited Darjeeling, India with a group of graduate students studying sustainability at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Darjeeling is an old hill station built in the Himalayan mountains by British colonizers wanting to escape India’s summer heat. The British also imported and planted Chinese tea on the steep hillsides, which remain blanketed in plantations of world-famous Darjeeling tea.   Not-so-fair trade for plantation-grown tea  Harvesting and processing the tea exploits workers (surprise!), especially… Read More