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Developing a Resilience Tool For Higher Education Institutions: A Must-Have in Campus Master Planning

  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Hanbury (VA)

Resilience has become a prominent topic in the planning and design industry over the past several years. States, cities and entire regions face an ever-growing threat of environmental and societal ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Measuring development of environmental awareness and moral reasoning: A case-study of a civil engineering course

  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • University of Queensland (QLD)
  • Swinburne University of Technology

Environmental awareness and ethical moral reasoning are important aspects of the engineering profession. Yet, engineering programmes have been struggling to teach these topics and measure the effectiveness of these educational ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Green RFP Program

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Request for Proposal for Sustainability Initiatives by Student Organizations (Green RFP Program), was established in 2010 to give students an opportunity to help make Virginia Tech a national leader ...


Wicked Leadership Competencies for Sustainability Professionals: Definition, Pedagogy, and Assessment

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability professionals need specialized leadership competencies to effectively influence the complex, uncertain, conflicted, and dynamic (i.e., wicked) sustainability challenges of our time. Higher education programs can teach these leadership ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Teaching decision-making for sustainable infrastructure: a wind energy case study module

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose This paper aims to introduce a case-based module teaching sustainable engineering, linking the Envision rating system with behavioral decision science. Three complete modules are publicly available in a repository ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Blending Sustainability & Community Engagement in STEM: Models from 4 Diverse Universities

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Stony Brook University (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Villanova University (PA)

From diverse institutional perspectives, this interactive session explores community engagement through course-based sustainability projects done in collaboration with community partners. We will outline important opportunities and challenges of this work ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Teaching Sustainability in the Landscape Architecture Field

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The purpose of this mixed method study is 1) to describe the current status of sustainability teaching in the landscape architecture programs and 2) to explore landscape architecture faculty perspectives ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Pedagogy and Evaluation of an Envision Case Study Module Bridging Sustainable Engineering and Behavioral Science

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Designing for sustainability demands systems thinking and problem-based learning focused on the types of ill-structured problems found in the real world. The approach detailed in this paper uses the Envision ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Boot Camp Trainees Pitch Ideas to Potential Employer

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech students Tyneshia Griffin and Virginia Pellington pitch their ideas to the Sustainability Boot Camp's Founding Partner, Trane, during an on-site Think Tank Challenge in Ashland, VA. The ...


Watershed Management Graduate Certificate

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

In the 21st century, challenges that relate to watershed management and the need to protect water quantity and water quality will be intensified in Virginia and the nation, owing to ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Water: Resources, Policy, and Management (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Few undergraduate degree programs provide integrated training in water science, policy, and management; yet, professionals are required to have interdisciplinary expertise in these areas to solve critical problems facing society ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Environmental Science program emphasizes ecosystem function and protection, land-use planning, waste management, water quality, recycling, decontamination, revegetation of disturbed sites, and agriculture's impacts on the environment.

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Crop and Soil Sciences (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Crop and Soil Sciences program is focused on sustainable means of crop production, utilization of soils, and stewardship of the environment. It is concerned with feeding the world, protecting ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Environmental Policy & Planning (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social science ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Over the last 50 years, we argue that incentives for academic scientists have become increasingly perverse in terms of competition for research funding, development of quantitative metrics to measure performance ...

  • Posted June 20, 2018
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Teaching Engineering Students about Cognitive Barriers during Design for Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability is a complex socio-technical challenge that requires new ways of thinking. To help meet this challenge, I have created three case-based modules that teach engineering students how to apply ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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The Importance of Incentives and Grants for Green Buildings

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The aim of this manuscript is to reconsider the building lifecycle cost of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings certified within the higher education sector. It adds to ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Searching for the Higher Ed Context in the Analysis of Green Building Costs and Benefits

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Green building certification on campuses is relatively new. When determining the financial feasibility of a certified green building at an Institution of Higher Education (IHE), the full building lifecycle perspective ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Connecting Community Partnerships with Curriculum to Strengthen Sustainability Education

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This session will discuss the role of community partnerships (CP) for strengthening sustainability education at the University of St. Thomas (UST), a liberal arts university, and Virginia Tech (VT), a ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Comparison of Occupant Behavior in a Traditional, Green Featured, and LEED Certified Building Case

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

In developed nations, 20-40% of greenhouse gas emissions and more than one-third of energy consumption are attributable to buildings. Among various available strategies, the building sector has the greatest potential ...


High school experiences and climate change beliefs of first year college students in the United States

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Florida International University (FL)

Climate change has not been well understood by high school students in the US and the topic is often connected to misconceptions, which is especially damaging since accurate understandings of ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This 12-credit graduate certificate prepares natural resources, environmental, and sustainability professionals to succeed in a global, transboundary world. It includes 1 required course (Conservation Ecology) and 3 electives, giving students ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This 9-credit graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals seeking training and experience in international sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on environmental sustainability in emerging economies. Students pursuing ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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Making Sustainable Development Real Through Role-Play: “The Mekong Game” Example

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This paper describes a role-playing, negotiation “game” based on the Xayaburi Dam in Laos. We have used this activity in our graduate programs as a tool for bringing to life ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2017
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Barriers to adoption of campus green building policies

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose - The focus of this paper is on environmental protection, specifically within the context of green building at institutions of higher education (IHEs). One major reason why many IHEs are ...


Sustainability Marketing and the Arts

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Briefly covers general popular advertising avenues on campus and ways to uncover new marketing platforms through faculty and staff engagement. Focus is placed on an interaction with the arts and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Savings by Design: Implementing a Reusable To-Go Program with savings in mind.

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech Dining Services has implemented a robust Reusable To-Go container program with the help of partner campus organizations. The program is available at three dining centers and averages 3 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Opening Keynote - Marc Edwards

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Marc Edwards is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. A renowned expert on water contamination and MacArthur 'genius' grant recipient, Dr. Edwards led the research teams ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engaging Undergraduates in Soil Sustainability Decision-Making Through an InTeGrate Module

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Wittenberg University (OH)

Continued agricultural productivity hinges on understanding how to manage soil resources. A 2-week undergraduate introductory-level module: A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources Through Local Decision Making was collaboratively developed through ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2016
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The Virginia Tech Green RFP Program

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Student engagement is an important factor in advancing sustainability at Virginia Tech. The University created the “Request for Proposal for Sustainability Initiatives from Student Organizations Program (Green RFP Program)” to ...


OZZI & Reusable To-Go Containers: Reducing Waste & Saving Money

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This interactive and engaging session will highlight a new system of collecting reusable to- go containers via a machine called, OZZI. Panelists from diverse higher education institutions, student populations and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Expanding Sustainability Horizons - Educational Tourism and the Virtual Classroom

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Graduate and professional (non-credit) programs offered through Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability prepare students for careers in an increasingly interconnected, urbanizing, and global workplace by combining ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building a Volunteer-Based Student Internship Program

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A student internship program is an excellent way to expand the efforts of sustainability offices and engage and train student leaders to be environmental professionals after graduation. However, many offices ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Lessons from Lama: The Importance of Community in Sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability creates communities. Or perhaps it is that communities create sustainability. We in the sustainability field have known for a long time that to get the job done, we need ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Boundary Crossing, Experiential Learning, and Sustainable Agriculture at Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners collaborated to conceptualize, develop, and propose undergraduate curriculum for a transdisciplinary and experiential-based Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) Minor ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Heifer International's Alternative Spring Break: Experiential Immersion Course

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Heifer International (HI) facilitates an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in Perryville, Arkansas, teaching individuals across the country about the organization's mission to "work with communities to end hunger and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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University Transportation Demand Management

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This presentation will focus on sustainable transportation options presented through transportation demand management programs at three different universities, in three different environments. 1) Large Urban (TBA) 2) University Town (UNC-Chapel ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) educates, inspires, and empowers professionals to create a better future for people and our planet through graduate education, professional development and research ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Executive Master of Natural Resources - Leadership in Sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability requires innovation and leadership, on the part of public and private partners working together to solve complex problems at multiple scales. The Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Master of Urban & Research Planning

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The MURP (Master of Urban and Regional Planning) at Virginia Tech, with its two locations, is unique because it offers access to urban planning in rural, suburban, urban, national, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MS in Environmental Engineering

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which is ranked in the top 10 accredited civil and environmental engineering departments by the US News and World ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Minor in Green Engineering

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Students at Virginia Tech can complete the Green Engineering minor by taking 18 credits which include: 2 Core Classes - Introduction to Green Engineering and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment; 2 Engineering ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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AASHE Student Diary Series: Plucking High-Hanging Fruit

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

As sustainability professionals, we all have the same mission: Managing today’s resources for a more sustainable future. What better place to start than at Virginia Tech (VT), while pursuing ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Making The Business Case For Sustainability: It's Not Just About Getting Points

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Architects and designers have done an admirable job of bringing sustainability and “green” buildings to the front of our consciousness in recent years. Once only the battle cry of environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Collaborations for growing the Virginia Tech Farm to Campus Program

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Virginia Tech Dining Services Farm at Kentland began as a small 1/2 acre herb garden in 2009. Since, the garden has expanded steadily to include more than 6 ...

  • Posted June 10, 2015
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Envisioning Sustainability: Implementing a Campus Community Food System at Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land grant institution, has not lost its local roots. With a nationally recognized college of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the campus has its ...

  • Posted April 10, 2014
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