Speakers & Workshops

Upcoming Events

09/29/16 (Thursday)

Dianna Cohen, co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, will speak at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College September 29 on “Plastic Pollution: Its Impacts on Our Health and the Health of our Planet and What You Can Do.” Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment.

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10/20/16 (Thursday)

Prize-winning American biologist Dr. Paul Ehrlich, best known for his warnings about the consequences of population growth and limited resources, will join Dr. Pete Myers, founder and CEO of Environmental Health Sciences, for a presentation on October 20 at 7pm at Catawba College. The event is hosted by the Center for the Environment.

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11/07/16 (Monday)

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct action lawsuits in U.S. history, will speak November 7 at 7pm at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Her topic will be “Community Power: How We Can All Make a Difference in Creating a Healthier Planet."

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11/17/16 (Thursday)

Dr. John Daniels, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte, will speak November 17 on the potential uses of coal ash and the research he and others are conducting on this topic.

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Past Events

The Center for the Environment regularly hosts events that allow community citizens and students to interact with influential environmental leaders. Recent events include:

  • Clean Air Lecture Series (an award-winning program that served as a catalyst for addressing the health and economic impacts of poor air quality).
  • Clean Air Conference: Community Strategies for Action.
  • Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship Conference (one of the first and largest conferences of its kind in the Southeast).

Environmental leaders who have spoken at the Center in recent years include:

  • Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute’s cofounder, chairman and chief scientist. Newsweek called him “one of the Western world’s most influential energy thinkers.” (watch the video);
  • Sarah Susanka, bestselling author, called "an innovator in American culture" by U.S. News & World Report and one of the "most influential people in the building industry" by Builder Magazine (watch the video);
  • Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch Institute and current founder and president of Earth Policy Institute (watch the video);
  • Bill Ross, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources;
  • Gary Gardner, senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute, a leading source on the interactions among key environmental, social and economic trends;
  • Larry Shirley, director of the N.C. State Energy Office;
  • Dr. William Schlesinger, president of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and former Dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment;
  • Dr. Clay Ballantine, nationally recognized authority on air pollution and health (watch the video);
  • David Walters, urban designer and author of Designing Community;
  • Randall Arendt, internationally known land-use planner and advocate of conservation planning;
  • Dr. Viney Aneja, air quality research director at North Carolina State University (watch the video).