The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


March 1, 2013

Center for Environment at Catawba Releases Video on National Environmental Summit


Friday, March 1, 2013 —

Students talk about the parts of the summit they liked best. Student Jennah Jones of Chapel Hill goes into detail about a focus group called “Animals: Near and Far” that allowed the participants to get hands-on experience studying wildlife biology through methods like game cameras and bird banding.

Zahra Kahn of China Grove speaks with enthusiasm about Rocky Mountain Institute’s workshop on collaboration. (RMI partnered with the Center on the summit.) She found an interactive workshop, which allowed students to assume the role of community citizens, who work to find solutions to an environmental challenge, especially helpful.

Shaina Robinson of Ann Arbor, Mich., liked the fact that the students came from different geographical areas but had a common passion for the environment. “I liked that we could all connect” and learn about different environmental perspectives from each other, she said. “I learned so much that I can take back and use in everyday life.”

Alex Wilson of Lake Wylie, S.C., spoke of a number of activities that he found helpful, from sessions on whole systems thinking to the presentation by Doc Hendley, founder of the Wine to Water Foundation which provides clean drinking water to people throughout the world.

“Everything has been more than I could have asked for,” Wilson says. “It’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College was founded in 1996 to provide education and outreach centered on prevalent environmental challenges and to foster community-oriented sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs throughout the country. For more information, visit or

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