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New packaging degree will position graduates for high-demand careers

Students who enroll in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ newly approved packaging systems and design undergraduate degree won’t spend four years just learning to think outside the box — they’ll think about the box itself, as well as the entire packaging system.

   

Two students collecting moisture data from pallets

New packaging degree will position graduates for high-demand careers

Students who enroll in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ newly approved packaging systems and design undergraduate degree won’t spend four years just learning to think outside the box — they’ll think about the box itself, as well as the entire packaging system.

   

Two students collecting moisture data from pallets

Geography student puts heart and soul into library project

Inspired by a library visit, Mohamed Mwinyi launched the Soma Sasa Program — a nonprofit organization seeking to provide literature and technology to Tanzania.

   

Mohamed Mwinyi reads a children's book to school children

College partnership with Forest Service leverages sustainability efforts

A field crew provided through a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Virginia Tech collects fish from a cold-water stream.

   

Field crew collects fish from a cold-water stream.

Aspiring wildlife filmmaker wraps up as co-host of children’s tv program

Clark DeHart of Blacksburg, Va., who graduated in December 2013 with a degree in wildlife science, is not only following his dream career in wildlife conservation filmmaking, he has also received two Telly Awards while a part of the multiple award winning children’s TV series “Aqua Kids.” Photo by Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas.

   

Clark dives with shark off the coast of the Bahamas.

New center to provide improved data, tools, and models for sustainable outcomes

In keeping with its commitment to advancing the science of sustainability, the college has created the Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support.

    Students collecting forest inventory data

Conservation Management Institute Assesses Floodplain Forests for a Carbon Offset Project

Imagine a tropical rainforest that floods for three to five months each year, where villagers travel by boat to visit their neighbors. You’ll find this unusual ecosystem, adapted to and dependent upon periodic flooding, in the upper Amazon Basin in Peru.

    Traveling up the Yarapa River, a tributary of the Amazon

Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability Established in National Capital Region

To leverage its growing international programs and broadening inclusiveness of global sustainability, the college established the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the National Capital Region this past summer.

    Car lights trailing by the VT Research Center buliding

Kathleen Alexander’s Diverse Research Brings Sustainability to Botswana

Associate Professor Kathleen Alexander commutes from Virginia Tech to her research projects in Botswana twice a year. The wildlife ecologist and veterinarian lived in the African nation most of her adult life, focusing on infectious disease, natural resources sustainability, human-wildlife conflict, and water quality.

    Sunset over the Chobe River in Botswana
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