Exponential human population growth has altered ecosystem and planetary processes, straining natural resources and the oceans, forests, grasslands, and freshwaters that are critical to a prosperous society. For example, climate change, habitat loss/degradation, invasive species, pollution, and emerging infectious diseases are among the challenges that alter these ecosystems, decimate biodiversity, and adversely affect our water, air, food, and energy systems. A more interdisciplinary understanding of these human-induced changes is urgently needed to inform public policy, minimize further environmental degradation in the face of a rapidly growing society, and to promote sustainable solutions to the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Because interdisciplinary research and student training are essential to tackle the new frontier of global environmental challenges, the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech was founded in 2015. The center brings together experts from diverse disciplines to solve these complex global challenges and train the next generation of leaders.
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As an interdisciplinary community committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, we reaffirm our conviction that racism and discrimination of any kind have no place in society—including our educational institutions.
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Collaboration is key to our success. With our partners, we are advancing interdisciplinary graduate education, generating new research & science policy training opportunities, & creating a more diverse & inclusive environment.
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The GCC is led by visionary faculty and staff from diverse disciplines who provide high-level support and diverse perspectives.
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The GCC is a campus-wide community of faculty, postdocs, and Ph.D. students that have coalesced to confront the greatest socio-environmental challenges of our time.