'Sustainable Catawba' Will Soon Be Unveiled
February 15, 2012
By Sarah Robinson, Writer/Communications Intern for the Center for the Enviornment
A collaborative effort called "Sustainable Catawba" will soon unveil a new approach to sustainability on the Catawba College campus.
Representatives from several campus organizations gathered February 9 to discuss their vision for the effort as well as to report on what their groups currently do to promote sustainability. The groups represented were Environment. Catawba. Outreach. (E.C.O.); Green Education Outreach (GEO); Chartwells, Catawba's food service; and the staff and interns of the Center for the Environment.
"It's about leaving a lasting impression," says senior Environmental Science major and Center for the Environment Intern Brittany Moore about Sustainable Catawba, a new coalition of all environmentally-themed offices and organization's on Catawba's campus. "There needs to be a group that is helping everyone work together and collaborate to move Catawba in the right direction," agrees senior Environmental Education major Sarah Moore. Sustainable Catawba will be just that group.
The terms "sustainable" and "sustainability" are used with increasing frequency in the environmental and business worlds, but not everyone is positive that they know what the words mean. The Environmental Protection Agency states that "sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations."
The students currently involved have high hopes for the success of the organization. "I believe that the driving force behind creating this successful environment is the involvement of the students, and the reinforcement by faculty, staff, and students as well," says senior Environmental Education major Kortney Kavanaugh. Brittany Moore is optimistic about different disciplines coming together. "With dedication from both sides of the street — faculty and staff included — we will be a highly ranked sustainable school," she says.
Unveiling Sustainable Catawba
On Tuesday, February 21st, Sustainable Catawba will be unveiled to the campus community. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students, faculty and staff will have the chance to join the efforts of Sustainable Catawba.
More information about Sustainable Catawba and campus sustainability efforts can be found at catawba.edu/sustain and facebook.com/sustainablecatawba.