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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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06/24/16 by Juanita Teschner

Salisbury Academy Earns NC Green Schools Award

Salisbury Academy recently received the NC Green School of Promise Award from the NC Green Schools Program, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, the NC Green Schools Program helps teachers connect and share ideas, offers resources and tools to help them start green initiatives and recognizes schools that meet specified goals.

The NC Green School of Promise Award is given to schools that are taking initial steps to improve their sustainability and environmental education curriculum.

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06/12/16 by Juanita Teschner

Two Rivers Community School Receives NC Green Schools Award

Boone, NC – Two Rivers Community School, a K-8 public charter school in Boone, recently received the NC Green School of Quality award from the NC Green Schools Program, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

It is the first school outside of Buncombe County to achieve the certification in Western North Carolina.

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06/12/16 by Juanita Teschner

Carolina International School Advances as NC Green School of Quality

Carolina International School (CIS) in Concord recently advanced to a NC Green School of Quality, a designation of the NC Green Schools Program, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, the NC Green Schools Program helps teachers connect and share ideas, offers resources and tools to help them start green initiatives and recognizes schools that meet specified goals.

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