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Upcoming Events

03/19/15 (Thursday)

Dr. Christopher Magryta and Dr. Chris Nagy will present a cooking demonstration called “The Healing Arts of Food” at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. Scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. This event is currently full.

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03/24/15 (Tuesday)

Tom Earnhardt, an attorney, former law professor, and past chairman of the board of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, will present “Quality of Life at the Crossroads” on Tuesday, March 24, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. Earnhardt is the producer/writer of the statewide UNC-TV series, "Exploring North Carolina," which highlights the natural resources of North Carolina and the Southeast. An avid naturalist and advocate for the natural world, he has traveled and spoken on conservation matters in North America, the British Isles, Europe and Asia.

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07/07/15 (Tuesday)

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

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Catawba and Sustainability Picture Book

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Solarize Salisbury-Rowan

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An innovative program to help individuals and businesses save on electricity costs will be available to residents of Salisbury, Rowan County and the surrounding area until the end of the year.

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News from the Center

by Guest Writer

Solar Project Under Way at Catawba

By Catawba College News Service

Catawba College is making a bold move in the area of solar power that will propel it ahead of all other North Carolina colleges and universities. Catawba will have the distinction of having the second-largest campus solar energy installation in the Southeast and will produce more solar electricity than all the other N.C. colleges and universities combined.

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by Juanita Teschner

Solar Panels Going Up in Salisbury-Rowan

Solar panels are sprouting up in Salisbury and Rowan County, thanks to a community initiative that started in October.

Solarize Salisbury-Rowan informs residents of the advantages of solar power and helps them reduce costs through competitive bids by installers who have already been professionally vetted. It is a cooperative venture of SmartPower, a national non-profit organization that focuses on clean energy, and the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

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by Guest Writer

Annual Solar Installations Have Grown 1600 Percent Since 2006

by Chris Verner

If you were looking for ways to expand the use of renewable energy and solar power, you probably wouldn’t think of a plumber as your best ambassador. 

But as SmartPower President Brian F. Keane recently told a packed room at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment, if you want to sell solar water heaters, you’d best go where the rubber meets the road—or the pipe wrench meets the roof. When the water heater goes, your “front line” of defense is a plumber, not the Sierra Club.

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by Juanita Teschner

Solarize Salisbury-Rowan to Save Residents Money

An innovative program to help individuals and businesses save on electricity costs will be available to residents of Salisbury, Rowan County and the surrounding area until the end of the year.

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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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