Where passion for preservation fuels a sustainable future

Students come to the College of Natural Resources and Environment drawn by a common interest in the environment and the outdoors. They are motivated, curious, and practical — and they want to make a difference.

So do our faculty. They have the same passion and they bring it into their classrooms and labs every day, teaching and mentoring future leaders whose decisions will pave the way in protecting our planet and its valuable resources.

We’re in this together and we’re stepping up to the challenges. Sound like your kind of place?


As a people, we are responsible for sustaining the environment and managing our resources, so we’re providing our graduates with the skills that employers look for.

The roots of our college go back to 1925 when the first forestry professor was hired at Virginia Tech. Since that time, we’ve remained at the forefront of research and knowledge creation around critical issues involving the conservation and use of natural resources.    

Now, we’re adding to our students’ career portfolios by focusing on the soft skills they need to succeed:

  • Presenting and communicating
  • Developing self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Building networks and connections
  • Maintaining a work-life balance

A community of scholars who care

Our faculty are experts in their fields, but they’re also informal and approachable, and as passionate about wanting to make an impact as our students. That’s our culture — we care about the work, the people, and our community.


Professor Dean Stauffer is known for his Hawaiian shirts and teaching excellence — in 2018, he was recognized by The Wildlife Society award for the latter. His philosophy for connecting with and helping students is like that of many of our professors: “If my office door is open, stop by.”

Take your next step and see if this is your place