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06/25/18 by Juanita Teschner

New Sustainability Outreach Coordinator at Center for Environment at Catawba

A 2017 Catawba College graduate is now serving as the sustainability outreach coordinator at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

Elizabeth Howard of Mocksville joined the Center earlier this year to research and implement ways to strengthen the culture of sustainability on the Catawba campus. She works to engage students and staff through social media, educational materials and resources for workshops. She also researches ways to incorporate community-based social marketing strategies in the Center’s marketing efforts and helps plan and create material for the annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba.

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06/25/18 by Juanita Teschner

Two Interns from Duke University Working at Center for the Environment at Catawba this Summer

Two Stanback Summer Interns from Duke University are working at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College through July.

Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, a master’s degree student in environmental management at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and Rebecca Hall, a public policy studies major, are working with the Center’s Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Howard to help plan, develop and promote the National Environmental Summit for High School Students. They are also working to develop projects that will improve sustainability awareness and accessibility on campus. A social marketing campaign targeting sustainable practices at Catawba is a particular focus.

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06/25/18 by Juanita Teschner

Providence Day School Receives NC Green School Award

Providence Day School (PDS) has received the NC Green School of Quality award for its ongoing sustainability efforts. The program, under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, recognizes both public and private schools in the state that promote sustainability. Twenty schools have been recognized through the program.

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03/26/18 by Juanita Teschner

‘For me, it was life-changing’

Chance Ratliff could conceivably divide his life into “before NES” and “after NES.”

Before attending the National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba College in 2015, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life; his current best friend hadn’t arrived; and he didn’t have a clue about who ran Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, D.C., or Yellowstone Forever in Wyoming.

Now, after attending the summit for two years, he has a sure knowledge of what he wants to do in his life and his career; his association with another summit participant has engendered a three-year friendship; and Heather White, formerly executive director of EWG and now president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, has become a treasured mentor.

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Past Events

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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02/15/18 (Thursday)

From search-and-recovery efforts to dinosaur fossil expeditions, drones are revolutionizing the way we do business. Catawba College graduate Kyle Snyder, director of the NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT) Consortium at N.C. State University, will talk February 15 about his work supporting the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems – drones – into the national airspace for routine, commercial applications. His speech, “How Drones are Opening the Skies for Scientists,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Room 300 of the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.

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