Upcoming Events

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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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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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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Past Events

09/20/18 (Thursday)

Dr. Luke Dollar, Catawba College Professor and National Geographic Explorer, will recount his journey of more than two decades in fieldwork, conservation, and education in Africa and the United States. The son of two teachers, Dollar grew up in the 1970’s and 80’s in the rural South with loves of both the classroom and the outdoors, and is happiest when both come together.

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07/10/18 (Tuesday)

Still time to apply! Financial assistance available! Four leading organizations - the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Working Group, and Yellowstone Forever - are partnering to provide an opportunity for young environmental leaders to learn, create, share, interact, grow, connect, and build relationships.

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04/26/18 (Thursday)

“The Value of Native Bees: Feeding and Supporting Our Communities” will be the topic of a presentation at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College in Salisbury on Thursday, April 26. Nancy Adamson, a pollinator conservation specialist with the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will talk about some of the 500 native bees that help bring food to our tables and enrich our communities. She will highlight native bees, their importance in local food production and their connections to our native plants, wildlife, and watersheds. She will also share resources for better supporting pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects that reduce crop pests.

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04/05/18 (Thursday)

A senior wildlife biologist in Yellowstone National Park will speak Thursday, April 5, on “The Wolves of Yellowstone: The First Twenty Years,” at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury. Doug Smith, supervisor of the wolf, bird and elk programs, originally served as project leader for the Yellowstone Wolf Project, which reintroduced and restored wolves to Yellowstone National Park. He received a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from the University of Idaho in 1985. While working toward this degree, he became involved with studies of wolves and moose on Isle Royale, which led to a master of science degree in biology from Michigan Technological University. His Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and conservation biology is from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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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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