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The Sustainability Institute engages today’s industry leaders to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

Our cohort-based professional development boot camp transitions undergraduate students into workplace-ready professionals who know how to problem solve with a “sustainability lens” and communicate effectively. Just like sustainability, the institute is interdisciplinary. Participation in the institute is available to all Virginia Tech students, regardless of area of study, home department, or college.

Corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs are becoming the new business as usual. To be prepared for this shift in skill-set demand, graduates need to know how these programs function, ways that triple-bottom-line operations will impact their daily decisions, effective strategies for engaging future colleagues, and the difference between linear and circular economic models.

Today’s undergraduate students are tomorrow’s entry-level hires. Our goal is to connect the classroom to the workplace in a way that has never been done before. We are gathering feedback from sustainability professionals across the country and, with our team of on-campus faculty experts, designing workshops and hands-on projects based on those needs.

We are now accepting applications:

Apply Now for the Summer 2017 Boot Camp

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Spring Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017


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