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03/22/14 by Juanita Teschner

Green Revolving Fund Helps Students, Staff Launch Sustainable Projects

Establishing a sustainable garden. Installing motion sensing light switches. Creating a gutter system on the campus greenhouse to collect rainwater for watering greenhouse plants. Composting the food waste from the dining hall.

These projects, submitted by Catawba College students and staff members, have all received funds from the college’s Green Revolving Fund (GRF), a method of funding sustainable projects that takes the savings from lower utility bills and other resource reduction programs and uses it to reinvest in more projects that reduce the college’s ecological footprint.

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03/09/14 by Juanita Teschner

Concord-Kannapolis Rider System Purchases Hybrid Buses, Solar-lighted Shelters

The Rider transit service in Concord and Kannapolis will have eight new diesel-electric hybrid buses in service by late April. The new buses will reduce emissions and save money on fuel and maintenance.

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03/01/14 by Rebecca Rider

Speaker at Catawba's Center for the Environment Tells of Reforesting Old Coal Mines

Nearly 80 people came to the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus February 25 to hear about reforestation efforts in Appalachia on sites of former surface mines.

Dr. Patrick Angel, senior forester and soil scientist for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining, opened his presentation by commenting on the irony imbedded in the title of his presentation, Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests.

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02/16/14 by Guest Writer

Speaker Encourages Listeners to Simplify Their Lives

By Tonia Black-Gold

Environmental advocate, author, and managing director of the faith-based non-profit Blessed Earth, Nancy Sleeth visited Catawba College on February 11 sharing her journey toward simplicity and leaving behind a plan that students, faculty, staff  and community members could use to simplify their lives.

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02/16/14 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba College Community Garden Expands, Gets New Sign

Catawba College’s Community Garden, spearheaded by students Jonathan Buffkin and Sloan Kessler, now has 10 4-feet-by-8-feet beds with five more student/faculty beds in the plans. Quick Copy, owned and operated by John Grubb, donated a large sign for the project, which reads: “Sustainable Garden at Catawba, sponsored by the Green Revolving Fund, Catawba Class of 2013 and Catawba Class of 2014.”

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02/16/14 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba College Students Tackle Recycling Project after Winterfest Ball

Senior Jonathan Buffkin led the charge February 9 when he and a handful of other students sorted through the trash left behind during the Winterfest weekend and filled more than 20 bags with recyclable items.

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02/09/14 by Rebecca Rider

Business Breakfast at the Center for the Environment Discusses Energy Savings

Local business leaders learned about saving energy and money at a breakfast and panel discussion February 7 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. Featured panelists were Robert Williams of Schneider Electric’s Raleigh office; Christal Perkins of Waste Reduction Partners’ Durham office; and Maryanne McGowan of Duke Energy in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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02/09/14 by Juanita Teschner

Dr. Marisa Weiss: ‘You can take steps to lower your risk of breast cancer’

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will host a presentation Tuesday, April 22, by Dr. Marisa Weiss. A breast oncologist at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa., she serves as director of Breast Radiation Oncology as well as director of Breast Health Outreach. She is also the president and founder of the nonprofit organization Breastcancer.org, an online breast health and breast cancer resource. The presentation, “Think Pink, Live Green: Reducing the Environmental Risks of Breast Cancer,” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Center building on the Catawba campus. Juanita Teschner, director of communications at the Center for the Environment, talked with Weiss recently about her upcoming presentation. This is an edited version of that transcript.

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01/31/14 by Juanita Teschner

Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests

Dr. Patrick Angel, senior forester and soil scientist for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in London, Ky., will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation, “Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests,” is free and open to the public, but registration is required: 704.637.4727.

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01/07/14 by Juanita Teschner

Center for Environment Now Accepting Applications for 2014 National Environmental Summit

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is now accepting applications for its fourth annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students, scheduled for July 8-12. The summit, “Redesigning Our Future,” is open to students from across the country who will be 14-17 years old by the time of the 2014 summit. Those who complete the application process before April 1 will receive a discount of $90 from the student portion of the tuition cost. A limited amount of financial aid is also available. 

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