Speakers & Workshops

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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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).