This summer, our VT SPIA faculty led Virginia Tech students on a whirlwind tour through the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany for an in-depth look into sustainable policy making and planning in Europe. The course was led by the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) professors Todd Schenk and Ralph Buehler, who have extensive research experience and connections to universities and practitioners in the countries.

The students met with university experts, local partners, and visited the European parliament while learning about the ways that various governments and the private and nonprofit sectors are focusing on sustainability. Track their adventures on their course blog.

For more information about the program, please contact Professor Buehler at