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Climate Mitigation or Adaptation? Picking the chicken or the egg
September 24, 2013 — Lise Blackburn

Crossing the road from being a civil engineer to being a sustainability professional has me thinking about climate mitigation and adaption, and what role I should play in either.   If I focus on the egg (climate mitigation), then the chicken (climate adaptation) may not hatch or at least may stay a chick for a longer time.  But the egg will eventually hatch and the chicken coop can’t be built overnight.  It takes time to plan and adapt to the myriad… Read More
Sustainability in the slums
September 23, 2013 — Courtney Kimmel

The island city of Bombay is home to almost 20 million people.  Eleven million of these people live in one of the 2,000 slums scattered in marginal nooks and crannies around the city.  That’s half of the city’s population living on 8% of the land.  One million people live on the 432 acres called Dharavi, Asia’s largest (or second largest depending on metrics) slum – the oldest in India.  We drove along one edge, slowly steering through the piles of… Read More
Sustainable Agriculture: The Value of Targeted Partnerships
September 5, 2013 — Iris Picat, Jeremy Orr

As graduate students in Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, we recently had the pleasure of touring Claude and Carla Chapman’s grass-fed cattle farm in Bealeton, VA.  Situated along Harper’s Run, which runs into the Marsh Run Watershed, the Chapmans had managed a successful multi-generational farm enterprise when they began to consider sustainable upgrades to their operations. The John Marshall Soil and Conservation District of Fauquier County had been reaching out to the Chapmans for years in… Read More