Events

Upcoming Events

02/28/19 (Thursday)

This presentation, “Holy Botany: Plants of the Bible” will explore Musselman’s extensive research on plants and the natural environment of the Old Testament and New Testament. Throughout history, there have been sometimes futile and occasionally inaccurate attempts to name and identify biblical plants. Musselman has devoted much of his life’s work researching the natural history, ethnobotany, and identity of plants in the holy texts through research in Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Greece, Oman, Turkey, Brunei Darussalam, and the United Arab Emirates. Over the years, Musselman has learned many secrets of plants in the Bible such as flax, mustard, wheat, aloe, and the forbidden fruit. This presentation will discuss key biblical plants some allegorical, some clearly identifiable, and others up for debate.

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03/14/19 (Thursday)

Alberto Borges who hails from Nairobi, Kenya, is an environmental explorer with purpose and founder of The Explorer’s Club of Kenya; a non-profit membership based society that aims to explore and conserve little known places in East Africa. Borges will be giving a presentation on his exploration, research, and conservation of Kenya's remote North at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment on March 14th at 6:30 p.m.

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03/28/19 (Thursday)

Nicole Magryta, MBA, RDN, LDN, is a nutrition consultant, educator, certified integrative health coach, and author specializing in integrative and functional medicine therapies for children.In her private practice today, Nicole has changed the lives of children and adults by tackling chronic disease from the root and not the leaves.

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04/06/19 (Saturday)

Join us for a Project Learning Tree professional development opportunity, "School Yard Ecosystem Investigations," for K-12 teachers on the same day as the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Science Festival on April 6, 2019 from 9am-4pm at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College in Salisbury. All K-12 teachers are welcome! $10 non-refundable registration fee (includes lunch, materials and training)

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04/17/19 (Wednesday)

Amory Lovins, called "one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers" by Newsweek, will make a return visit to the Catawba College campus to speak at Keppel Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th.   The program is sponsored by Catawba’s Center for the Environment.  

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Past Events

11/29/18 (Thursday)

SALISBURY -- World-renowned environmental activist and ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin will outline the precarious situation of the world's rainforests Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Center for the Environment facility on Catawba College's campus. Plotkin is the co-founder and president of the Amazon Conservation Team, an organization that has partnered with more than 50 Amazonian tribes to map and improve protection of the Amazon rainforest. His presentation, "Rainforest Conservation, Climate Change, and the Search for New Jungle Medicines" details successful efforts to protect the Amazon's unique inhabitants from the threat of deforestation.

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11/15/18 (Thursday)

Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of NC Sustainable Energy Association, discusses how North Carolina policy benefited the solar industry historically and outlines its future in the state.

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10/18/18 (Thursday)

Ben Prater, Southeast Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife and Catawba College ENV grad, examines the importance of the Endangered Species Act, its benefits to wildlife and us, the uncertain future this bedrock environmental law now confronts, and how we can act to protect it.

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10/04/18 (Thursday)

This stunning documentary re-tells the shocking story of a small town in West Virginia and how a toxic chemical contaminated the drinking water. Infuriating and empowering at the same time, The Devil We Know depicts how the people affected have risen up to fight back.

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Videos of Past Events

CFTE Cooking Demonstration

11-19-2012 - Eating healthy is something we all hope to achieve. In this video (4 parts, approximately 14 mins per section) you will see some of the healthy options with menus provided by some of the Center for the Environment's staff.

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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