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by Rebecca Rider

Kudzu Quiche A Bonus in Study of Invasive Species

High School students who chose to study invasive species during their week at the National Environmental Summit at Catawba College probably didn't think they'd be baking a kudzu quiche. But they did, and they served it, along with other kudzu creations, at the final festival.

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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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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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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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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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by Rebecca Rider

Catawba College Cafeteria Makes Move toward Sustainability

Catawba College's cafeteria is going paperless. 

In an effort to become more sustainable, Chartwells food service has announced that its service at Catawba will no longer be using paper, Styrofoam and some plastics. Director of Dining Services Jason Ritter said the move came after a survey of the student body in March. When asked about improvements Chartwells could make on Catawba's campus, 93 percent of students requested more sustainable practices, Ritter said.

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