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03/08/17 by Guest Writer

Julian Keniry’s ‘Wild Side of Education’

By Hannah Davis

Growing up in the busy city of Los Angeles, Julian Keniry remembers that fateful day in elementary school when she and her classmates were sent home because of poor air quality. She recalls it as one of the turning points in her life when it came to her ambition to work toward a sustainable future.

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03/08/17 by Guest Writer

The Plight of the American Chestnut

By Hannah Davis

Catawba College students in Dr. Jay Bolin’s resource ecology and management class took a field trip recently to Frog Hollow Orchard, just outside of Salisbury, to learn about the conservation efforts of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) on the plight of the American Chestnut tree.

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02/15/17 by Guest Writer

Student Spotlight: Macayla Upright and her Love of Camp

By Hannah Davis

As a Rowan County native, Macayla Upright was no stranger to Catawba College when it came time for her to decide where to go after high school. In fact, she can even recall sitting in the back seat as her mom drove through the college campus from a very young age.

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11/28/16 by Guest Writer

John Daniels Talks of Coal Ash Uses

By Hannah Davis

When most people think about coal ash, they probably have a negative aspect associated with it, such as rivers running with black sludge, or the potential for ground water contamination. But when Dr. John Daniels, chair of the Duke Energy National Ash Management Advisory Board, hears the word coal ash, he thinks of opportunity. 

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11/10/16 by Guest Writer

Erin Brockovich Charges Audience to be Inspirers of Change

By Hannah Davis

Nearly 1,000 people gathered in Keppel Auditorium November 7 to hear famed consumer advocate Erin Brockovich. The Center for the Environment orchestrated the event, which garnered a larger audience than any other event the Center has hosted. 

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11/02/16 by Guest Writer

Erhlich & Myers: Pollution & Overpopulation Causing Sixth Extinction Episode

By Hannah Davis

“We’re exterminating species at about 1,000 times the rate” that we used to, Dr. Pete Myers said on October 20 at the Center for the Environment.

Myers and Dr. Paul Ehrlich spoke to a crowd of around 200 people about how pollution and overpopulation are causing what they are coining as the “6th extinction episode” and the “second mass extinction event.”

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10/16/16 by Guest Writer

Plastic Pollution Alternatives and Solutions

By Hannah Davis

As an artist, Dianna Cohen’s medium of choice is, unconventionally, the plastic bag. Cohen’s inspiration for using plastic bags came from the sense that she was “transforming a material that we think of as waste … and turning it into gold.” 

While creating with this medium, she started to learn more about plastic bags and, in turn, about the effects of single-use plastics on the environment. This led Cohen to co-found Plastic Pollution Coalition – a coalition of around 500 different groups whose main focus is plastic pollution clean-up and education. 

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09/18/16 by Juanita Teschner

Center Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with Slate of Renowned Thought Leaders

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. One of the ways it is commemorating this milestone is by hosting a slate of speakers who are thought leaders in their fields.

Throughout its two-decade history, the Center has brought renowned speakers to the campus to share new ideas and broaden our knowledge of important issues. This fall the speakers promise to shed light on topics of current concern and tell audiences what they can do to help. 

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09/18/16 by Juanita Teschner

Plastic Pollution: Its Impacts on Our Health & the Health of Our Planet

Dianna Cohen,  visual artist and co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, will speak at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College September 29 on “Plastic Pollution: Its Impacts on Our Health and the Health of Our Planet and What You Can Do.”

She spoke recently to Juanita Teschner of the Center for the Environment. This is an edited version of that conversation.

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08/04/16 by Juanita Teschner

2016 National Environmental Summit Fosters Leadership

Invasive plants and animals. The psychology of change. The role of water resources in warfare. Music to support environmental causes.

These are just a few of the subjects participants studied on the Catawba College campus July 12-16 at the 2016 National Environmental Summit for High School Students. The Center for the Environment and Catawba faculty joined forces once again with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Environmental Working Group (EWG) to offer stimulating classes and help students learn the skills they need to be environmental leaders.

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