Friday, July 15, 2016

Paved Paradise

By Serena Musselwhite

When I went to interview the focus group They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot, Dr. Fish was discussing the score for their song. Dr. Fish's focus group intended to add elements of Mei Lander's ukulele (seen in picture with ukulele).

Focus Groups

By: Julia Vaughan, Delaney O'Connor 

 Go Ahead: Change Your Mind, Dr. Holtzman

Learning techniques and skills from the professor.
(Katie Allen, Jennifer Elizalde Martinez, Misa Harashima, Katie Knotek, Cinthia, Moncada Soto, Autmn Ulrich)

Using physical objects to teach and learn.
(Katie Allen, Jennifer Elizalde Martinez, Misa Harashima, Katie Knotek, Cinthia, Moncada Soto, Autmn Ulrich)

Water Wars?, Dr. Feeney

Campers being taught about wars against water.
 (James Dunbar, Jennifer Horsburg, Devin Kehoe, Cameron Marsh.)
Taking in notes and information.
(James Dunbar, Jennifer Horsburg, Devin Kehoe, Cameron Marsh.)

A Backbone for Conservation, Dr. Poston

Learning and discussing the different turtle types. (Robby Cogburn, Evan Dorsi, Sincere Hargrove, Shauna Hendrie, Patrick Lowder, Lexie Burns)
Dr Posten notching a turtle to keep track of it.

Green Reporting, Mrs.Wittum

Students are updating and working on the blog and stories. 

Invasive Alien Plants and Animals: Friend or Foe to the Environment?, Dr. Bolin

Carolyn Kasper, Sarah Stern, and Dr. Jay Bolin are creating wind chimes out of bamboo.
Holly and Mary Kuhn are working on their wind chimes.

They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot, Dr. Fish

Edgar Contreras-Hernandez, Mei Lander, and Makayla all work on their song with Dr. Fish.
Camper, Mei Lander, is playing the ukulele to work on the song with her focus group.

Heather White Speaks to High School Students at Environmental Summit

By: Emilee Rae Hibshman

Heather White is a leader in sustainability and an expert on environmental policy. Heather's first lecture was called "Communication 101", which taught about nonverbal and verbal communication, as well as how to present your content.

Heather White guides the students in an activity about communication.

Heather showed the students tricks that she learned from a TED talk about "power posing." The idea of power posing is to pick a pose that makes you feel confident or powerful, then stand in it for two minutes in private before an interview. She also showed the students how to sit properly for both an interview and a TV appearance!

Another speech that Heather gave was titled "Mentors: How to Find Them, How to be One, and How to Listen to your Inner Voice." She gave three main points to both find a mentor, and be one.

The first step was "Make your own mentors." Heather advised the students to introduce themselves to people, initiate a conversation, and ask for an informational interview. "The more people help you, the more people actually want to help you," Heather stated (when telling students to make sure to ask questions).

The second point Heather discussed was to "write down goals and create a road-map." But Heather also advised students to be open-minded and allow their goals to adjust and change with experiences.

Heather's final point was centered around being a mentor to others. "Share your story." Though it seems simple enough, she expressed that the people's stories you relied on helped you, so you could help someone else discover their goals by sharing. "The power is yours," she told the students.

Heather White also did a Q&A with Dr. John Wear and Jocelyn Lyle, where they all spoke about their own mentors and environmental experiences that helped them to shape their paths. All three were asked to share the best career advice they had ever received. Heather told students, "Take initiative. Enthusiasm and initiative count for so much."

Jocelyn Lyles and Heather White before speaking to the students.

"Get to know who you work with... establish a network," Jocelyn advised the group. She also shared the need for young women to not be intimidated by their strong female leaders. "Ask questions," she said.

Finally, Dr. Wear shared a message that was very simple. "You can learn a lot of the things you think that you can't learn to do." He explained further that just because you start out doing poorly at something doesn't mean that with practice you cannot get better at it.

Writing and Performing Music: Paved Paradise

Makayla Utt, Danbury, NC
By Serena Musselwhite

This small National Environmental Summit focus group, "They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot," is setting out to make a big impact.

Dr. David Fish, the Associate Professor of Music of Catawba College, is leading his group to help them create an environmental song to "Spread a message with music," said Mei.

We asked if the group would all say any one thing about their work or the song. Makayla said, "Our message is about hunger for change," and Edgar said, "This song is a metaphor."

I'm sure when they present their final product to the rest of the National Environmental Summit, it will be a memorable hit.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

How Energy Is Used, Energy Consumption Trends, and How Catawba and RMI Are Helping

By Serena Musselwhite

The amount of energy, the amount and type of each energy, and what the energies are used  for vary widely worldwide (Smith, p.180). For example, even though highly industrialized countries use most of the world's energy while less industrialized countries use much less, countries with the same level of development vary in the amount of energy they use and how they use those energies. There are three types of energy use, residential and commercial, industrial, and transportation energy use. Industrialized nations use the three energies fairly equally while less developed nations focus more on residential energy. Developing nations use much of their energy to develop their industrial base. Energy consumption and industrialization are strongly interrelated (Smith, p.180).

According to Enger Smith, "From a historical point of view, it is possible to plot changes in energy consumption. Economics, politics, public attitudes, and many other factors must be incorporated into an analysis of energy use trends" (181). One example of a factor that can affect energy consumption in a nation is increased energy resource prices, which may force individuals and businesses to be more conservative when using energy (Smith, p.182).

Catawba's Center for the Environment and Rocky Mountain Institute are working together at the National Environmental Summit to preserve the environment while educating others about the present and future of the environment, the essential idea of environmentalism. RMI's goal is to help the United States transition off of coal, oil, and nuclear energy by 2050. Both Catawba and the Rocky Mountain Institute believe that this transition can be done profitably. Part of RMI's plan to transition the United States off of these energies is to rethink how transportation, buildings, industry, and electricity are done.

How can we help? Well, we can take to activism. Rocky Mountain Institute has listed five types of useful activism that can help with environmentalism: Lifestyle, Political, Educational, Grassroots, and Economic Activism. The most important part of changing minds is listening to the individual's interest.

Smith, Enger. Environmental Science: A Study of Interrelationships. Ninth ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004. Print.

Summer Environmental Activities

By: Delaney O'Connor

Campers enjoy geocaching at the Stanback Ecological Preserve.
Students got to kayak after completing all of the geocaching stations.
 Julia Vaughan and Makayla Utt present their group's ideas for a more efficient dryer.
In her off time, camper, Lexie Burns enjoys giant sized Jenga.

Camper, Robby Cogburn, pulls a cage out of the water hoping to find turtles for focus group, A Backbone for Conservation.
Dr. Poston explains to the campers how to determine whether the turtle is male or female.
(Campers: Shauna Hendrie, Patrick Lowder, Evan Dorsi, and Dr. Poston)

Focus Group, A Backbone for Conservation, caught turtles to examine. 

Camp Activities - Learning at the National Environmental Summit

By: Julia Vaughan

Learning how to tell the difference between types of turtles, as well as male and female turtle differences.

Notching the turtle to track it.

Robby Cogburn holding a turtle that was caught by A Backbone for Conservation.

The beautiful Stanback nature preserve.

Beautiful pond in the preserve.
Campers enjoyed geocaching in the Stanback Ecological Preserve 
Station three in geocaching: Acid filled barked can
be used for headaches and injuries.
Julia and Makayla reinventing the washing machine.
Courtney Fairbrother sharing about a whole system.
Ninja! being played by:
Mei Lander, Evan Dorsi, Lexie Burns, and  Payden Mitchell.
Sincere and Carolyn explain their new inventions on the washing machine.
James Dunbar and Evan Dorsi explaining their solution to dirty clothes.

Rocky Mountain Institute sharing their projects which address
national and international environmental issues.

Abstract Thinking Within the Environment

By: Aaliyah

Everything in the environment is connected, both the animals and the habitats. In the human species, eyes are near the top of the body yet most eye colors can be found on the ground (i.e. green, brown, blue); this creates an environmental juxtaposition.

This camp offers an open setting which helps the process of critical and abstract thinking.