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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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04/15/16 by Guest Writer

Ken Cook is Hopeful for Earth’s Future

By Hannah Davis

The Earth is only one small planet floating among the billions of galactic systems in our known universe, and as far as we know, there is nothing else like it. In other words, despite scientists’ best intentions, we have only this one planet created perfectly to sustain all of our human needs, and we need to take care of it. 

 

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04/09/16 by Guest Writer

Center for the Environment at Catawba Highlights Watershed Project

By Hannah Davis 

Growing up by the warm waters of the Florida coastline, photographer Jeff Rich developed a love for the aqueous environment. This love for the environment led to a love for capturing its beautiful elements with photography. And from his passion for photography, his passion for environmental activism and using his art to teach others about the plight of watersheds grew. This was how his Watershed Project all began, and how he ultimately ended up speaking at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus on March 31.  

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03/27/16 by Guest Writer

Audience Learns about Monarch Butterfly

By Hannah Davis

The plight of the Monarch butterfly was the inspiration for a talk March 21 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

 

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03/27/16 by Guest Writer

How to Sow True Seeds

By Hannah Davis

A small tomato seed bought from the store falls from a package and into a dirt-smeared palm. It is then placed gently into warm, dark soil and periodically watered and tended to. As time passes, it will begin to root and sprout upwards seeking the sun’s rays. Eventually, that small tomato seed will grow a stalk that will bear flowers that bloom into plump, ripe tomatoes. At the heart of those tomatoes will be the very seeds that began this entire process. 

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