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07/07/15 (Tuesday)

Three leading organizations - the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Environmental Working Group - are partnering to provide an opportunity for young environmental leaders to learn, create, share, interact, grow, connect, and build relationships.

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News from the Center

by Juanita Teschner

Catawba’s Sustainable Garden Grows to 15 Beds

The Catawba College sustainable garden now has 15 beds full of tomatoes, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, carrots, beets, strawberries, corn, lettuce and spinach. 

Recent graduates Sloan Kessler and Jonathan Buffkin initiated the idea in the 2013-2014 academic year, and Environmental Stewards Forest Fugate and Joel Schlaudt have assumed leadership positions this year.

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by Juanita Teschner

Catawba Completes Phase I of Premier Solar Project

Catawba College has completed Phase I of its solar installation, which will ultimately provide nearly one megawatt of solar electricity for the campus. The eight new solar electric systems will produce more solar electricity than that produced by all the other colleges and universities in North Carolina combined.

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by Rebecca Rider

Catawba Students Start Beekeeping Project

The Environmental Stewards at Catawba College have started a new project—beekeeping. Catawba now has three active hives for honeybees. The project is headed by Environmental Steward and Catawba College junior Joel Schlaudt.

Schlaudt became interested in beekeeping after learning about the decline of bee pollinators in class.  He wanted to bolster the local population and provide a space for education about bees. Many people are scared of bees and being stung, Schlaudt explained, but it's the result of misunderstanding.

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by Rebecca Rider

Bikes at Catawba

Bikes are becoming increasingly popular at Catawba College.

Last year the Center for the Environment's Environmental Stewards encouraged Catawba students to conserve water in their dorms. Students voted to use the savings to purchase bicycles for the campus.

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by Rebecca Rider

For the Birds

Local children and the Center for the Environment at Catawba College have teamed up to provide new homes for the birds that frequent the Fred Stanback Ecological Preserve near the Center’s building on campus.

The mind behind the project is Catawba College senior and Environmental Steward Eli Wittum, who says he got the idea from summer programs run by Lowe's Home Improvement. Seniors Balyn Krout and Greg Alexander helped Wittum as did Environmental Stewards Colleen Smiley, Doug Taylor, Britt Parsons and William Spencer.

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by Rebecca Rider

Wood Ducks Given New Homes

Balyn Krout spent his spring semester giving a home to the wood duck population in the Fred Stanback, Jr. Ecological Preserve on the Catawba College campus. Krout, an Environmental Studies major and senior at Catawba, worked on the project for his internship with the Center for the Environment. He was assisted by students Eli Wittum and Cory Boren.

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