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06/25/18 by Juanita Teschner

New Sustainability Outreach Coordinator at Center for Environment at Catawba

A 2017 Catawba College graduate is now serving as the sustainability outreach coordinator at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

Elizabeth Howard of Mocksville joined the Center earlier this year to research and implement ways to strengthen the culture of sustainability on the Catawba campus. She works to engage students and staff through social media, educational materials and resources for workshops. She also researches ways to incorporate community-based social marketing strategies in the Center’s marketing efforts and helps plan and create material for the annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba.

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06/25/18 by Juanita Teschner

Two Interns from Duke University Working at Center for the Environment at Catawba this Summer

Two Stanback Summer Interns from Duke University are working at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College through July.

Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, a master’s degree student in environmental management at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and Rebecca Hall, a public policy studies major, are working with the Center’s Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Howard to help plan, develop and promote the National Environmental Summit for High School Students. They are also working to develop projects that will improve sustainability awareness and accessibility on campus. A social marketing campaign targeting sustainable practices at Catawba is a particular focus.

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06/25/18 by Juanita Teschner

Providence Day School Receives NC Green School Award

Providence Day School (PDS) has received the NC Green School of Quality award for its ongoing sustainability efforts. The program, under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, recognizes both public and private schools in the state that promote sustainability. Twenty schools have been recognized through the program.

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03/26/18 by Juanita Teschner

‘For me, it was life-changing’

Chance Ratliff could conceivably divide his life into “before NES” and “after NES.”

Before attending the National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba College in 2015, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life; his current best friend hadn’t arrived; and he didn’t have a clue about who ran Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, D.C., or Yellowstone Forever in Wyoming.

Now, after attending the summit for two years, he has a sure knowledge of what he wants to do in his life and his career; his association with another summit participant has engendered a three-year friendship; and Heather White, formerly executive director of EWG and now president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, has become a treasured mentor.

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03/20/18 by Guest Writer

Catawba College hosts National Geographic Explorer’s presentation on sustainability

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Spencer Dixon appeared in the November 21, 2017, issue of the Salisbury Post.

SALISBURY — The Center for the Environment partnered with Catawba College’s department of environmental sustainability to host National Geographic Explorer T.H. Culhane’s presentation “Synergies and System Thinking in the Service of Sustainability” on Monday night.

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03/20/18 by Rebecca Rider

The Power of a Story: National Geographic explorer uses stories to save lions

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Rebecca Rider appeared in the February 6, 2018, issue of the Salisbury Post.

SALISBURY — It was 2013 when Dr. Andrew Stein noticed that something was wrong in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

Stein was a carnivore conservationist working in the region at the time when a colleague brought a long, drawn-out fight between the region’s lions and local people to his attention. In 2013 alone, more than 50 percent of the region’s lions had been killed — most by poison.

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11/28/17 by Juanita Teschner

Photo Contest at Catawba College Open to Salisbury/Rowan Community

The Catawba College Environmental Stewards Program, under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba, will conduct a photo contest that showcases the seasonal changes of the local environment. It is open to both campus and Salisbury/Rowan community members.

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07/31/17 by Guest Writer

Students Get Close to Nature during Catawba College’s National Environmental Summit

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Andie Foley appeared in the July 17, 2017, issue of the Salisbury Post. 

In a first-floor lab at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment, a group of nearly 30 teens has just trudged in from the nature preserve. They’ve worked in small groups to design devices for catching and inventorying wetland animals.

 

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07/17/17 by Juanita Teschner

Redesigning Our Future, Designing Your Future

The keynote speaker at Catawba College’s National Environmental Summit took a slight turn from the event’s theme: Redesigning Our Future.

Heather White, president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, the nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park, told the high school students Tuesday night to spend time being deliberate and thinking about a vision for their future. “Redesigning ourfuture is what we need to do collectively,” she said, “but how can you design your own future?”

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07/17/17 by Juanita Teschner

Three National Organizations Join Center for Environment at Catawba College National Environmental Summit

Three national organizations have joined the Center for the Environment and Catawba College professors this week on the Catawba campus for the 7th annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students.

Professionals from Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) of Colorado, Environmental Working Group of Washington, D.C., and Yellowstone Forever of Yellowstone National Park are offering instruction and guidance to students who are learning what it takes to become effective environmental leaders. 

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