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This event marks the launch of our new and exciting program called "Solarize Salisbury-Rowan" held in partnership with SmartPower. Please join us to learn how this campaign can help our community go solar. We are excited to have Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower and author of Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy to start the brief program portion of the event at 6:00 pm.
Read more … Solarize Salisbury-Rowan Kick-Off
Our lives are surrounded by chemicals. They are in products we use on our bodies, in plastics we eat and drink from, in pesticides used on food and found in drinking water, and in air and surface cleaners. Many of these compounds have been declared safe for use but new evidence suggests they may be harmful even in "safe" doses. In this community talk, Folami Ideraabdullah, Ph.D., will discuss new findings that show how environmental chemical exposures may be linked to common human diseases. Thursday October 7 at 6:30 at the Center for the Environment Room 300.
Read more … For Better or For Worse – Consequences of Living With Chemicals
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by Juanita Teschner
An innovative program to
help individuals and businesses save on electricity costs will be available to residents
of Salisbury, Rowan County and the surrounding area beginning October 2 until
the end of the year. A community celebration to launch Solarize Salisbury-Rowan will be
held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, at the Lee Street Theatre with live
music by Life Size and
refreshments. Officials will offer a brief
explanation of the program at 6 p.m. All
interested homeowners and business owners are welcome to attend.
Read more … Solarize Salisbury-Rowan Launches October 2nd
by Rebecca Rider
High School students who chose to study invasive species during their week at the National Environmental Summit at Catawba College probably didn't think they'd be baking a kudzu quiche. But they did, and they served it, along with other kudzu creations, at the final festival.
Read more … Kudzu Quiche A Bonus in Study of Invasive Species
by Rebecca Rider
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College kicked off its annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students Tuesday with speaker Robin Emmons.
Emmons is the founder and executive director of Sow Much Good, a non-profit organization that seeks to supply fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods in Charlotte. Emmons, a 2013 CNN “Hero of the Year,” travels around the country advocating for social equity in food supply.
Read more … CNN “Hero of the Year” Inspires High School Students at Catawba National Summit
by Juanita Teschner
The keynote speaker for the
2014 National Environmental Summit for High School Students left her 20-year career
in corporate America to help others.
One week after
resigning, Robin Emmons began working to save the life of her homeless and mentally
ill brother. She secured transitional housing, counseling and support services
for him, but his physical health was compromised because his diet was full of canned
and sugary foods, staples of the agency responsible for his care. Emmons began
donating produce from her garden for her brother and the 30 or so other
residents housed at the facility where he lived, and she saw a dramatic
improvement in his physical health.
Read more … Summit Keynote Speaker Leaves Corporate America To Promote Access to Healthy Food for Marginalized Communities