Speakers & Workshops

Upcoming Events

10/04/18 (Thursday)

This stunning documentary re-tells the shocking story of a small town in West Virginia and how a toxic chemical contaminated the drinking water. Infuriating and empowering at the same time, The Devil We Know depicts how the people affected have risen up to fight back.

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10/18/18 (Thursday)

Ben Prater, Southeast Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife and Catawba College ENV grad, examines the importance of the Endangered Species Act, its benefits to wildlife and us, the uncertain future this bedrock environmental law now confronts, and how we can act to protect it.

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11/15/18 (Thursday)

Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of NC Sustainable Energy Association, discusses how North Carolina policy benefited the solar industry historically and outlines its future in the state.

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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).