Coursework for the Master of Natural Resources is varied and interdisciplinary, though it is broadly framed around issues relating the intersection of human and natural systems, with a particular emphasis on urbanization, globalization, policy and governance structures, and infrastructure systems.
In summer 2013, the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability's Greening of Russia's Cities Program is taking a student team to Moscow and St. Petersburg to explore the urban development paradoxes that could have huge impacts on the environment and quality of life for Russia's citizens. The project team will examine the opportunities and constraints for promoting environmental sustainability in these two urban centers, focusing on land use, alternative transportation, waste and water management, and environmental amenities.
The course, NR 5954 is open to students from all disciplines interested in urban sustainability issues in Russia and is available for 6 credits as part of Summer II. Dr. Kris Wernstedt of the Department of Urban Planning and Policy is leading the project. The deadline to apply is May 3, 2013 and the project begins June 10. To learn more about the project and apply, visit http://gsi.cnre.vt.edu.