Founding Director of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.
Dr.John E. Wear, Jr., is also an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science.
During his tenure at Catawba, he assumed responsibility for establishing the college’s Environmental Program, coordinating the faculty’s creation of four different degrees.
He has committed his energies to environmental initiatives at the local, regional and state level. His leadership has been instrumental in launching a number of sustainability initiatives in the state relating to air and water quality and land conservation.
In the 1990’s he served as the Founding Chairman of the N.C. Watershed Coalition, which, at that time, held the second largest statewide watershed conference in the nation. He was also a founding board member and past president of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina and the founding chairman of one of North Carolina’s only countywide Sustainable Community Development Commissions. He was instrumental in the development and acquisition of the South Yadkin Wildlife Refuge and in the creation of one of the Southeast’s first higher education “green” buildings, the Center for the Environment facility, for which he provided design oversight. He has served on a number of state and regional boards and commissions including the North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance; “Connect,” a regional sustainability initiativeof the Centralina Council of Governments; and other regional planning initiatives. He serves on the national board of the “Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska” television series.
Dr. Wear recently contributed a chapter called “Creating the Educational Foundations for Change” to the book Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness. He is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum and was named the 2003 N.C. Conservationist of the Year by the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Program; a 2002 “Guardian of the Earth” by The Charlotte Observer; and the 2001 Green Builder of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association (the nation’s largest recycling organization). In addition to these awards, the Salisbury Civitan Club recognized him in 2001 for work in his community with the Citizen of the Year Award.
He teaches college courses that focus on environmental concepts, issues and the creation of sustainable solutions. He also lectures broadly on a variety of environmental topics, including shifting communities toward more ecological thinking and fostering leadership to advance sustainable solutions.
Dr. Wear holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University; a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University.
- DegreesBachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University; a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University.