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Past Events

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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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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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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Videos of Past Events

David Walters Speaks at Catawba
David Walters

David Walters: Sustainable Community Design

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The Center for the Environment at Catawba College featured a presentation by urban designer David Walters Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Center facility on the college campus. His topic was “Signposts to Surviving the 21st Century: Air Quality, Carbon Emissions and Community Design.”

Walters holds undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors in architecture and urban design from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He taught and practiced in England where he won national awards for housing and urban design. In 1983 he moved to the United States, teaching and practicing in Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma before joining the UNC-Charlotte faculty in 1990.

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Video - Sarah Susanka: Not So Big

Author and architect Sarah Susanka brought her “Not So Big” philosophy to Catawba College’s campus and advised those members of her audience to “be the custodian of your own life.” “We are that channel by which God moves through this world,” Susanka explained, noting “those inner judgments [you make about yourself] undermine the truth of who God wants you to be.”

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