Showing posts from July, 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

Water Wars?, Dr. Feeney

A Backbone for Conservation, Dr. Poston

Green Reporting, Mrs.Wittum

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

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 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. &…

Writing and Performing Music: Paved Paradise

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.

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 mus…

Summer Environmental Activities

By: Delaney O'Connor

Camp Activities - Learning at the National Environmental Summit

By: Julia Vaughan

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.