Center Receives Grant from Robertson Family Foundation

05/21/10 by Staff Writer

The Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation recently presented the Center for the Environment at Catawba College a grant of $50,000 to support the National Youth Environmental Summit, scheduled for July 2011 on the Catawba campus.

Sustainability designers, scientists and engineers from the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado will join a diverse group of Catawba professors and other visiting presenters to offer the landmark experience for 200 select high school students from across the nation. The young leaders will engage in whole systems thinking strategies as they explore sustainable solutions to the environmental challenges we face. Topical areas for problem-solving activities will include alternative energy, air and water quality, land preservation, sustainable development and green building.

The event, “Redesigning Our Future: The National Youth Environmental Summit,” is a five-day intensive experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who have a commitment to environmental leadership. Scheduled for July 20-24, 2011, with follow-up activities through May 2012, the summit will provide knowledge and analytical skills that will help the participants return to their school and communities empowered to have a tangible impact as environmental leaders.

“This generous gift from the Robertson Family Foundation will provide much-needed funds for what promises to be a transformational experience for young environmental leaders in the United States,” says John Wear, the Center’s executive director. “We are most grateful for this solid endorsement of our collaborative effort with the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute. The potential for changing lives and molding leaders is very exciting.”

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