Upcoming Events

07/12/16 (Tuesday)

Three leading organizations - the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Environmental Working Group - are partnering to provide an opportunity for young environmental leaders to learn, create, share, interact, grow, connect, and build relationships.

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Past Events

04/26/16 (Tuesday)

Join us April 26 at 5:30 at Waterworks Visual Arts Gallery for an EnviroMingle and Public Forum Panel Discussion

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04/07/16 (Thursday)

“Disruptive Forces: How Science and Business are Driving Environmental Progress” will be the topic of a presentation at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. Ken Cook, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based organization Environmental Working Group, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Room 300.

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03/31/16 (Thursday)

Award-winning photographer Jeff Rich will give a presentation on “The Evolution of the Watershed Project” on Thursday, March 31, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. The presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room 300.

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02/23/16 (Tuesday)

John Campbell, an entrepreneur who serves as chairman of the board of WasteZero, will speak Tuesday, February 23, on waste reduction at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation – “Cut Trash in Half in America: Right Now!” – is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room 300.

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Videos of Past Events

Dr. Cindy DeForest Hauser: Air Pollution In Our Backyards

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The results of last summer’s Piedmont Carolina air monitoring study were the focus of a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. The study was a joint venture of Davidson College’s Dr. Cindy Hauser and the Center for the Environment.

Recent research confirms that the ozone levels in your backyard are comparable to those around interstates and businesses.

The Center for the Environment's summer air monitoring program, conducted in partnership with Davidson College, showed ozone levels to be fairly consistent in residential areas of seven Piedmont counties. “We know we have high ozone levels in counties where the North Carolina Division of Air Quality has monitors,” says Dr. John Wear, Center director. “But we wanted to know if the levels are also high in the counties that presently have no monitors.

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Doc Hendley Speaks at Catawba
Dr. John Wear & Dr. John Coonrod

John Coonrod: Eradicating World Hunger

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Dr. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, encouraged the 70-plus people gathered at the Center for the Environment facility November 15 to “sustain their enthusiasm” in working to eradicate hunger and other problems in the world today.

“It is really easy in this world and in this media environment that we live in to get depressed,” he said, “but I tell you, the world can't afford for you to do that. We really need to keep ourselves up for this.”

Coonrod said it's easier for him to stay optimistic because he gets to travel all over the world and see what is being done to better humanity. “History is being made,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of people are moving out of poverty. Women who have been denied their rights for generations are finding their voices and standing up ...”

In some 35,000 villages around the globe, Coonrod said The Hunger Project staff and trained volunteers carry out the organization's mission – the sustainable end of world hunger – using three strategies: “mobilization for self-reliance; empowering women; and partnering with local government.”

The women in these impoverished villages, he said, “day by day solve more problems than I probably have to face in my lifetime ... ” Yet, Coonrod said they have a sense of powerlessness, hopelessness and a pattern of waiting to be rescued that's deeply ingrained in them.

“So the first step has to be the awakening of people to the possibility of taking charge of their own lives,” he said.

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