News Archives

06/20/13 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba President’s Vision for Sustainability

For Catawba College President Brien Lewis, advancing sustainable practices on the campus makes perfect sense.

“You have to be a good steward of the resources that are provided to you, whether those are dollars from donors or student tuition or natural resources,” he says. “If you’re not being responsible for and careful with those resources, you’re simply doing a disservice to those who provided them to you.”

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06/20/13 by Juanita Teschner

Green Revolving Fund Committee Spurs Ideas, Funds, Action

One sustainable project is already under way on the Catawba College campus, with more on the horizon, thanks to the work of Catawba’s Green Revolving Fund Committee.

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05/21/13 by John Wear

Creating a Climate of Possibility

I recently watched a TED Talk by Ken Robinson, an English author and advisor on education, creativity and innovation. In it, he stressed the importance of creating a “climate of possibility” for students.

The minute he used that phrase, images of our National Environmental Summit for High School Students popped into my head. This week-long experience, which will be held this year from July 9-13, does just that: It creates a climate of possibility for high school students who come from all over the country to Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., to work on innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

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05/19/13 by Rebecca Rider

Author Francis Koster Shares Simple Solutions to Big Problems

Author Francis Koster told audience members May 16 that the way to get people to change is to provide them with an alternative.
He spoke at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College on his new book, Discovering the New America: Where Communities are Solving National Problems, stories of proven cost-effective solutions that communities and organizations have adopted to address challenges.

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04/25/13 by Juanita Teschner

Cleaning up the Mississippi River One Refrigerator, One Sink, One Tire at a Time

Seven million pounds of garbage – 961 refrigerators, 143 sinks, 67,000 tires, 3,700 55-gallon barrels, 63 messages in bottles and much, much more. That’s how much trash Chad Pregracke and his organization have dredged up from the Mississippi and 16 other major rivers over the past 15 years.

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04/25/13 by Juanita Teschner

Q&A Pete Myers

Dr. Pete Myers: ‘Science on Endocrine Disruption Offers Opportunity to Improve Public Health’

Dr. Pete Myers, a noted scientist involved in primary research on the impacts of endocrine disruption on human health, spoke April 9 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury. The founder, CEO and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, he co-authored Our Stolen Future, a book about how contamination threatens fetal development.  Juanita Teschner, the Center’s director of communications, talked with Myers after his visit to the Center. This is an edited transcript of that conversation.

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04/15/13 by Rebecca Rider

Center for Environment Speaker: ‘Human Interference Can Cause Hybridization’

Wildlife ecologist Amanda Chunco told an audience April 13 that human interference can cause hybridization, which is mating and producing offspring between two separate species.  Her talk, Hybridization in Amphibians as a Conservation Issue, dealt with the complexities of species hybrids and their potential impacts on original populations.

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04/15/13 by Rebecca Rider

Salamanders, Snakes, Turtles and Frogs – A Day Out with the Center for the Environment

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College gave kids a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians April 13. The event, which was open to the community, offered salamander hunts, a look at turtles down by the lake, and live snakes, frogs and toads.

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04/15/13 by Rebecca Rider

Center for Environment Speaker: ‘Common Chemicals Impact Human Health’

Nearly 140 people learned about the harmful effects of common chemicals on the public health April 9 when research scientist Dr. John Peterson Myers spoke at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.

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03/25/13 by Guest Writer

Center for Environment, Bread Riot Host Film & Discussion on Local Food Sources

By Rebecca Rider

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College collaborated March 21 with Bread Riot to host a screening of the film “GROW!” at the Center building on campus. Bread Riot also provided locally grown foods for a tasting before the film.

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