Speakers & Workshops

Upcoming Events

04/22/14 (Tuesday)

“Think Pink, Live Green: Reducing the Environmental Risks of Breast Cancer” will be the topic of a presentation Tuesday, April 22, by renowned breast oncologist Dr. Marisa Weiss at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. Weiss serves as director of Breast Radiation Oncology as well as director of Breast Health Outreach at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa. She is also the president and founder of the nonprofit organization Breastcancer.org, an online breast health and breast cancer resource.

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04/24/14 (Thursday)

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will hold an EnviroMingle® in partnership with Lee Street Theatre from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the theatre on North Lee Street in Salisbury.

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04/29/14 (Tuesday)

Rick Dove, environmental consultant and former Southeastern Representative for the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak on “North Carolina’s Environment in the Eye of the Perfect Storm” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Catawba College.

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07/08/14 (Tuesday)

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).