Leadership & Innovation for Sustainable Development

Best Practices in Natural Resource & Environmental Management

Sustainability requires more than technical solutions–it requires leadership. Sustainability professionals must work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and cross-sector partnerships to lead change within and beyond the boundaries of their organizations, communities, and networks.

This blog series, written by graduate students and faculty at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), focuses on lessons learned about the leadership and innovation strategies that business, government, and civil society stakeholders are using to influence important environmental and natural resource systems, including water, food, climate, energy, and biodiversity. CLiGS offers integrated graduate education, professional development, and research and consulting services to improve the leadership practices of sustainability professionals and their organizations.

Global Cooling?

Air conditioning is key to many unlikely innovations -- from refrigeration to cloud computing. But that cold air takes a lot of energy.

Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die?

As a society, we need to ask the hard questions about whether the e-waste we create is handled in a manner that we…

Collective Impact: A Case Study of the Chester River Association

A student team of Virginia Tech recently focused on how collective impact can be instrumental in progressing complex social and environmental issues.

Collective Impact: A Case Study of the Chester River Association

A student team of Virginia Tech recently focused on how collective impact can be instrumental in progressing complex social and environmental issues.

Water Reflections: A Traveler Stumbles Upon Dry Land

As a native Michigander, I grew up around one of the largest fresh water systems in the world. The words drought, water famine…

Corporate Sustainability Practices for Small Manufacturing Firms

What is corporate sustainability for small- to medium-sized manufacturing enterprises? A report by Vestal Tutterow, of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural…

Trust Theory in Natural Resource Management

Trust is key to any relationship. Within the context of natural resource management, trust can sway compliance and minimize resistance to planning efforts.

Luxury Tourism: Going Green in China

China is relatively new to domestic tourism, but as is typical of most things Chinese, its tourism industry is developing on a grand…