Speakers & Workshops

Upcoming Events

02/28/19 (Thursday)

This presentation, “Holy Botany: Plants of the Bible” will explore Musselman’s extensive research on plants and the natural environment of the Old Testament and New Testament. Throughout history, there have been sometimes futile and occasionally inaccurate attempts to name and identify biblical plants. Musselman has devoted much of his life’s work researching the natural history, ethnobotany, and identity of plants in the holy texts through research in Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Greece, Oman, Turkey, Brunei Darussalam, and the United Arab Emirates. Over the years, Musselman has learned many secrets of plants in the Bible such as flax, mustard, wheat, aloe, and the forbidden fruit. This presentation will discuss key biblical plants some allegorical, some clearly identifiable, and others up for debate.

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03/14/19 (Thursday)

Alberto Borges who hails from Nairobi, Kenya, is an environmental explorer with purpose and founder of The Explorer’s Club of Kenya; a non-profit membership based society that aims to explore and conserve little known places in East Africa. Borges will be giving a presentation on his exploration, research, and conservation of Kenya's remote North at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment on March 14th at 6:30 p.m.

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03/28/19 (Thursday)

Nicole Magryta, MBA, RDN, LDN, is a nutrition consultant, educator, certified integrative health coach, and author specializing in integrative and functional medicine therapies for children.In her private practice today, Nicole has changed the lives of children and adults by tackling chronic disease from the root and not the leaves.

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04/06/19 (Saturday)

Join us for a Project Learning Tree professional development opportunity, "School Yard Ecosystem Investigations," for K-12 teachers on the same day as the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Science Festival on April 6, 2019 from 9am-4pm at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College in Salisbury. All K-12 teachers are welcome! $10 non-refundable registration fee (includes lunch, materials and training)

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04/17/19 (Wednesday)

Amory Lovins, called "one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers" by Newsweek, will make a return visit to the Catawba College campus to speak at Keppel Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th.   The program is sponsored by Catawba’s Center for the Environment.  

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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).