Partnership with Catawba College

Partnership with Catawba College

The Center for the Environment works closely with all departments across campus but especially with the Biology and Environment and Sustainability departments at Catawba College to offer students a wealth of opportunities beyond the classroom. This value-added education includes everything from field trips and professional conferences to internships and opportunities to teach members of the community about topics of special interest.


The Center brings renowned speakers to the campus, offering students a rare chance to interact with these respected environmental professionals. It also arranges opportunities for students to engage in campus projects that positively impact the environment. These real-world experiences offer a breadth of study typically found only at a large university. Consequently, Catawba students receive the best of both worlds: the breadth of a large university and the personalized education of a

small college – an extraordinary combination.


Green Campus

Catawba College has taken multiple steps to make the campus more environmentally friendly. In 2004, students in the environmental club, NatureSAFE, revived campus recycling. Later, students in the Environmental Program launched a Campus Greening Initiative that spawned energy and water-efficient measures as well as improvements in waste reduction.  In 2007, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling was established within the facilities department to champion waste reduction and recycling efforts. The college has ramped up efforts even further in the past years.


Catawba College has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2021 Top 50 Green Colleges list. The Princeton Review noted Catawba’s “well-rounded education grounded in the liberal arts, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and classes structured around current events.” Also cited were Catawba’s: 

  • Focal point of preparing students to enter their prospective fields.
  • The 189-acre Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve, which serves as a living classroom for professors and a place for students to enjoy nature.
  • Close relationship with downtown Salisbury. 

Furthermore, Catawba has joined close to 300 other colleges and universities nationwide in supporting the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. As part of this commitment, a committee of administration, faculty, staff and trustees developed an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral by 2030. Read more . . .

Environment and Sustainability Degree – Bachelor of Science (BS)


Learn to put your love for the environment to work.

Being conscious of the planet, its systems, and all life sustained by it is the responsibility of every human being, and studying the complex ways we impact the environment makes us aware of how we can make a difference.

In Catawba College’s Environment and Sustainability bachelor’s degree program, you will have the chance to use our campus as your first outdoor laboratory as you conduct field studies and roam our 189-acre ecological preserve located in Catawba’s back yard. Additionally, incoming freshmen in the Environment and Sustainability degree program may be offered a Environmental scholarship upon acceptance to the College.


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