Courtsy of CLiGS:
"The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) is a new program of the College of Natural Resources and Environment in the National Capital Region focused on building leadership for sustainability in a changing world. CLiGS is developing a suite of integrated education, research, and engagement programs focused on innovative strategies for advancing sustainable development practice in rapidly developing regions of the world. An integral part of each of these programs is a graduate-level study abroad course that is project-based, professionally-oriented, pragmatic, and interdisciplinary. The goal of these GSI (Global Sustainability Initiative) Projects is to provide graduate students with valuable professional and international experience without having to take a full to do it.
CLiGS is offering four GSI Projects over the next two years that we think you might be interested in.
This summer, CLiGS is offering two GSI Projects, each for 6-credits:
· China Waters GSI Project (Summer I) will focus on balancing resource management (particularly water) with tremendous economic development activity on different landscapes in southeast China, including rice terraces
· Greening of Russia’s Cities GSI Project (Summer II) will focus on the paradoxes presented by Russia’s urban expansion and opportunities and constraints for greening the cities.
In 2014, CLiGS is offering two additional GSI Projects, each for 6-credits:
· India’s Urban Ecosystems GSI Project (Spring – travel dates over winter break) will focus on strategies and challenges for managing socio-ecological systems in Mumbai.
· South Africa’s Ecological Infrastructure GSI Project (Summer I) will focus on innovative partnerships and strategies for managing ecological infrastructure systems in the Durban and Johannesburg regions.
Visit http://gsi.cnre.vt.edu to learn more about each of the projects, sign-up for updates, and submit an application to become part of a GSI Project Team. The deadline for the Summer 2013 courses is quickly approaching, so be sure to check it out now if you are interested."