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Facility enhances opportunities for novel research, hands-on student learning, and crosscutting collaborations.


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New Research Aviary

Facility enhances opportunities for novel research, hands-on student learning, and crosscutting collaborations.


New research aviary

Graduate student’s research reveals new, troubling threats to Madagascar’s wildlife

Habitat degradation and deforestation, recognized as principal threats to wildlife globally, have especially destructive implications on the island nation of Madagascar. Photo by Erin Ranney.


Asia Murphy

Heather's Story

Heather's quest for a home within Virginia Tech led her to the College of Natural Resources and Environment. With everything from microbes to elephants, it might be the perfect fit for you.


Heather Wise

CNRE ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today College edition

The news organization ranked Virginia Tech as the nation’s best for studying natural resources and conservation.


CNRE ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today College edition

Water for the future

Competition for clean water around the world intensifies year after year as stressors on water resources call for a scientific understanding of the water cycle.


New water degree program

Jeff Marion leads efforts to minimize visitor impacts on recreational areas

With “Leave No Trace” as his mantra, Jeff Marion is having a major influence on recreation areas and the management of natural resources for recreational use in a sustainable manner.


Students hike single file in a track along an alpine meadow.

Re-creating a tornado in 3-D provides a more effective way to study storms

Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel stepped into the middle of an EF5 tornado re-created in 3-D over the landscape of Moore, Oklahoma.


Jim Cantore visits Virginia Tech's Cube

College’s signature program trains future leaders

The Leadership Institute comprises a select group of twelve students selected each year to participate in this two-semester course — the nation’s only intensive undergraduate program aimed at honing the leadership skills of future natural resources professionals.


Key leaders

CGIT’s move into the college strengthens related centers

The College of Natural Resources and Environment recently added the Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) to its already exceptionally strong portfolio in geospatial science.


Researchers in a 3-D model of downtown Blacksburg in Virginia Tech’s VisCube

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

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Advancing the Science of Sustainability

The College of Natural Resources and Environment prepares the future generation of leaders to deal with the complex natural resources issues facing our planet. World-class faculty lead transformational research that complements the student learning experience and impacts citizens and communities across the state and around the world on issues of sustainability, natural resources management, and the environment.

Students Inventing a Sustainable Future

The College of Natural Resources and Environment is nationally and internationally recognized for its undergraduate and graduate education. Programs focus on managing natural resources and preserving the diversity of Earth’s physical and cultural environments. The college’s world-class faculty is dedicated to mentoring students through experiential learning toward the development of sustainable solutions to society’s natural resources-related problems.

Research for Environmental Sustainability

The College of Natural Resources and Environment is a global leader in transformational research impacting environmental sustainability. World-class faculty lead interdisciplinary teams that utilize the latest technologies to explore, investigate, and create solutions for the natural resources and environmental problems facing the world. This research creates the knowledge that future generations can build upon to help develop solutions to the world’s complex environmental issues.

Partnering for Sustainable Solutions

The College of Natural Resources and Environment’s engagement program partners with landowners and communities to provide science-based solutions to natural resources and environmental issues facing the world. Its goal is to improve the lives of the citizens of Virginia and beyond by providing information to make better decisions to sustainably manage and utilize natural resources.

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Hokies track severe weather on the road

Students in a field looking at a storm system moving across the horizon.

Follow Virginia Tech meteorology students as they hit the road to track and study violent storms in the Great Plains.

  • See daily updates and map their current location on their blog.
  • Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Trane first to partner with Sustainability Institute

Trane employee on jobsite.

Trane, a worldwide provider of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, is lending its expertise and support to establish the Sustainability Institute at Virginia Tech. The company has recruited Virginia Tech graduates to its workforce for several decades.

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