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04/29/14 by Rebecca Rider

Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer

The founder and president of breastcancer.org spoke April 25 about how breast cancer is linked to the environment, and how women—and men—can change behaviors to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Her presentation was sponsored by the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

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04/24/14 by Juanita Teschner

Water, Air Pollution Impacts Health, Economy

Environmental advocate Rick Dove will speak Tuesday, April 29, at Catawba College on “North Carolina’s Environment in the Eye of the Perfect Storm.” The 7 p.m. presentation, which is sponsored by the Center for the Environment, will be held in Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall.

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04/14/14 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba College Residence Halls Increase Recycling

Catawba College has renewed its recycling efforts.

The two largest residence halls – Woodson and Salisbury-Rowan – now have new recycling and trash receptacles, thanks to a grant from the college’s Green Revolving Fund (GRF), a method of funding sustainable projects that takes the savings from lower utility bills and other resource reduction programs and uses it to reinvest in more projects that reduce the college’s ecological footprint.

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03/30/14 by Juanita Teschner

7 Million Deaths Worldwide Linked to Air Pollution

About 7 million people from around the world died in 2012 because of exposure to air pollution, according to a March 25 report from the World Health Organization. “This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk,” according to WHO.

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03/22/14 by Rebecca Rider

Center for the Environment hosts viewing of ‘Cafeteria Man’

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College hosted a viewing of the documentary “Cafeteria Man” March 18 followed by a panel discussion.

The evening began with a sampling of local food provided by Bread Riot, a local non-profit food advocacy organization that co-sponsored the event. Jared Cates of Connect Our Future gave a short presentation on connecting farmers with larger local markets.

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03/22/14 by Juanita Teschner

Green Revolving Fund Helps Students, Staff Launch Sustainable Projects

Establishing a sustainable garden. Installing motion sensing light switches. Creating a gutter system on the campus greenhouse to collect rainwater for watering greenhouse plants. Composting the food waste from the dining hall.

These projects, submitted by Catawba College students and staff members, have all received funds from the college’s Green Revolving Fund (GRF), a method of funding sustainable projects that takes the savings from lower utility bills and other resource reduction programs and uses it to reinvest in more projects that reduce the college’s ecological footprint.

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03/09/14 by Juanita Teschner

Concord-Kannapolis Rider System Purchases Hybrid Buses, Solar-lighted Shelters

The Rider transit service in Concord and Kannapolis will have eight new diesel-electric hybrid buses in service by late April. The new buses will reduce emissions and save money on fuel and maintenance.

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03/01/14 by Halley Brantley

Speaker at Catawba's Center for the Environment Tells of Reforesting Old Coal Mines

Nearly 80 people came to the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus February 25 to hear about reforestation efforts in Appalachia on sites of former surface mines.

Dr. Patrick Angel, senior forester and soil scientist for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining, opened his presentation by commenting on the irony imbedded in the title of his presentation, Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests.

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02/16/14 by Guest Writer

Speaker Encourages Listeners to Simplify Their Lives

By Tonia Black-Gold

Environmental advocate, author, and managing director of the faith-based non-profit Blessed Earth, Nancy Sleeth visited Catawba College on February 11 sharing her journey toward simplicity and leaving behind a plan that students, faculty, staff  and community members could use to simplify their lives.

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02/16/14 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba College Community Garden Expands, Gets New Sign

Catawba College’s Community Garden, spearheaded by students Jonathan Buffkin and Sloan Kessler, now has 10 4-feet-by-8-feet beds with five more student/faculty beds in the plans. Quick Copy, owned and operated by John Grubb, donated a large sign for the project, which reads: “Sustainable Garden at Catawba, sponsored by the Green Revolving Fund, Catawba Class of 2013 and Catawba Class of 2014.”

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