Articles About Redesigning Our Future

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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08/10/15 by Rebecca Rider

National Environmental Summit Receives High Marks from Students, Instructors

As the National Environmental Summit for High School Students finished its fifth year in mid-July, participants and teachers alike agreed that it's more than just a course on the environment.

The summit is the brainchild of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and hosted on the Catawba campus. The Environmental Working Group, headquartered in Washington, D.C., joined as a partner this year.

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07/15/15 by Rebecca Rider

National Environmental Summit Speakers Encourage Creative Problem-solving

Students attending the 2015 National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba College heard two Catawba alumni talk about the importance of using creative solutions to environmental problems. The summit, designed to help students explore how they can use their interests and talents to make a difference in the world, is a partnership of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) of Colorado and Environmental Working Group, headquartered in Washington, DC. 

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07/15/15 by Rebecca Rider

Speaker encourages youth to be a force for change

The fifth year of the National Environmental Summit for High School Students, hosted by the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, kicked off on Tuesday, July 7, with keynote speaker Heather White. Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, an environmental advocacy organization, White spoke to this year's crop of students about how one person can make a difference. 

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07/23/14 by Juanita Teschner

National Environmental Summit Charged Students to Become Leaders in Environmental Stewardship

The National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba College brought talented and committed speakers, faculty and students to Catawba College for intensive study five days in July.

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07/13/14 by Rebecca Rider

Hands-on Learning Brings Excitement to National Environmental Summit at Catawba

Last week teens from around the country gathered at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College to learn how they can use their passions to create a sustainable world. Students attending the National Environmental Summit heard from renowned speakers, such as CNN 2013 Hero of the Year Robin Emmons.

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07/13/14 by Rebecca Rider

CNN “Hero of the Year” Inspires High School Students at Catawba National Summit

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College kicked off its annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students Tuesday with speaker Robin Emmons.

Emmons is the founder and executive director of Sow Much Good, a non-profit organization that seeks to supply fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods in Charlotte. Emmons, a 2013 CNN “Hero of the Year,” travels around the country advocating for social equity in food supply. 

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06/06/14 by Juanita Teschner

Summit Keynote Speaker Leaves Corporate America To Promote Access to Healthy Food for Marginalized Communities

The keynote speaker for the 2014 National Environmental Summit for High School Students left her 20-year career in corporate America to help others.

One week after resigning, Robin Emmons began working to save the life of her homeless and mentally ill brother. She secured transitional housing, counseling and support services for him, but his physical health was compromised because his diet was full of canned and sugary foods, staples of the agency responsible for his care. Emmons began donating produce from her garden for her brother and the 30 or so other residents housed at the facility where he lived, and she saw a dramatic improvement in his physical health.

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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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07/21/13 by Rebecca Rider

Students Reflect on 2013 National Environmental Summit at Catawba College

As Catawba College’s third annual National Environmental Summit closed July 13, participants reflected on what they had learned and how they can use it to bring positive change to their hometowns.

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07/11/13 by Juanita Teschner

High School Students Arrive for Third Annual National Environmental Summit at Catawba College

High school students from as far away as California and Florida arrived at the Catawba College campus Tuesday to learn how they can use their talents to create positive change in the world.

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