ROANOKE, Va., April 26, 2011 – Those who run America’s small governments and large institutions have a stake in the environment. They’re responsible for pesticides in public buildings, proper functioning of wastewater treatment plants, disposal of oil in motor fleets – and more. If they make mistakes, they can be responsible for millions of dollars in fines. In Roanoke, Virginia Tech’s Environmental Management Systems Institute helps public administrators from across the United States keep to the highest standards.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.