02/16/14 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba College Students Tackle Recycling Project after Winterfest Ball

Senior Jonathan Buffkin led the charge February 9 when he and a handful of other students sorted through the trash left behind during the Winterfest weekend and filled more than 20 bags with recyclable items.

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02/09/14 by Rebecca Rider

Business Breakfast at the Center for the Environment Discusses Energy Savings

Local business leaders learned about saving energy and money at a breakfast and panel discussion February 7 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. Featured panelists were Robert Williams of Schneider Electric’s Raleigh office; Christal Perkins of Waste Reduction Partners’ Durham office; and Maryanne McGowan of Duke Energy in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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02/09/14 by Juanita Teschner

Dr. Marisa Weiss: ‘You can take steps to lower your risk of breast cancer’

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will host a presentation Tuesday, April 22, by Dr. Marisa Weiss. A breast oncologist at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa., she serves as director of Breast Radiation Oncology as well as director of Breast Health Outreach. She is also the president and founder of the nonprofit organization, an online breast health and breast cancer resource. The presentation, “Think Pink, Live Green: Reducing the Environmental Risks of Breast Cancer,” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Center building on the Catawba campus. Juanita Teschner, director of communications at the Center for the Environment, talked with Weiss recently about her upcoming presentation. This is an edited version of that transcript.

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01/31/14 by Juanita Teschner

Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests

Dr. Patrick Angel, senior forester and soil scientist for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in London, Ky., will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation, “Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests,” is free and open to the public, but registration is required: 704.637.4727.

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01/13/14 by Juanita Teschner

Cabarrus County’s Compost Facility Under Way

The 15-acre public/private compost facility at Cabarrus County’s Construction and Demolition Landfill has collected about 1,500 tons of yard waste in its first two months of operation. Almost all of it has come from the cities of Kannapolis and Concord.

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01/07/14 by Juanita Teschner

When the American Dream Leaves You Empty: How to Have a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life

Nancy Sleeth, author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life, will lead a workshop called “A Simple Plan that Simply Works” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. Co-sponsored by the college’s Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, the workshop is part of the Center’s ongoing Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship series.

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12/22/13 by Juanita Teschner

North Carolina's Ozone Levels Lowest on Record in 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: The N.C. Division of Air Quality released this story December 13, 2013.

RALEIGH - North Carolina had its lowest ozone levels on record in 2013 since air monitoring began in the early 1970s, due to lower air emissions and favorable weather conditions.

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11/21/13 by Juanita Teschner

Rebates for Retrofit, Replacement of Non-road Construction Equipment Engines

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) opened a new rebate program on November 20, 2013.  This round of rebates focuses on the retrofit and replacement of non-road construction equipment engines in both public and private fleets.  The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $2 million.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant and location eligibility, technology options, and selection process, please visit our program page.

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11/21/13 by Rebecca Rider

GMOs and You

Nearly 125 people learned about the relationship between illness and genetically modified organisms – GMOs – November 19 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. The Center partnered with Bread Riot to host a screening of the documentary “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives” followed by a panel discussion. Bread Riot offered a food tasting from local farms before the film.

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11/21/13 by Rebecca Rider

Business Leaders Learn about Sustainability at Catawba's Center for the Environment

Nearly 70 business leaders came to the Catawba College campus November 14 for the first “Business Lunch and Learn.” Held at the Center for the Environment facility, the luncheon featured a panel discussion on sustainable business strategies which local leaders could implement.

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