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New on A Healthier Charlotte: Environmental Health in the Queen City

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 by Bobby DeMuro

This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we explore the environment. From green companies and products, to global warming, to conservation, we all know a lot about the environment, but what does that mean for Charlotte?

Our guest panel discusses water rights, air pollution, politicizing the environment, and where we’re headed in the future as far as conservation and environmental awareness in the Queen City.

Meet our two-part panel:

Rick Gaskins, Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
A former environmental lawyer, Rick Gaskins is the Executive Director of the Charlotte-based Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a non-profit organization on a mission to protect and conserve the Catawba River and its tributaries.

Benne Hutson, McGuire Woods
An environmental attorney and partner at McGuire Woods with more than 30 years of experience regarding environmental Law, Benne focuses on hazardous waste management, water rights, brownfields, and virtually every other area of environmental law impacting Charlotte.

Jessica Braswell, PhD, Queens University of Charlotte
Dr. Braswell is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at Queens University of Charlotte, focusing on conservation biology and ecology.

Graham Bullock, PhD, Davidson College
Dr. Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Davidson College, where he focuses on product eco-labels, corporate sustainability ratings, and other forms of information-based environmental governance.

What About You?
Do you think about the impact you have on the environment locally? What’s your take on how we are conserving the environment around Charlotte?

Share your thoughts below, or send me your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook, and visit A Healthier Charlotte while you’re at it – Charlotte’s best local source of health and medical information.


  1. Kiran 14 Feb 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Thanks for a good discussion! Interesting stuff on science education, would love to see you all do a show just on that in the future!

    • Bobby DeMuro 15 Feb 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Hey Kiran! That’s definitely on the table. Look for it soon!

    • Tad 16 Feb 2012 at 1:36 PM

      I’d love to see a show just on that too. I think that’s one of the biggest issues we never talk about today — the death of intelligence for this weird quasi-anti-intelligent religious bend on kids education, like we want to be ignorant. THAT would make for a great discussion.

  2. Jo 14 Feb 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Love the Catawba River Keeper guys!!

  3. Kyle 15 Feb 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Great discussion guys. Wish more people would focus on what’s being done on the environment specifically in and around CLT… nice job!

  4. Tally R. 15 Feb 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Thanks for focusing on the Catawba. It is pretty much my backyard, and not to mention I’m @ the USNWC all the time, and it is DISGUSTING. I know, I know, a lot of rivers are disgusting, but this one is, just, gross. I know how threatened it is. We have to all do more to make the place where WE live more sustainable!

  5. Jerry 16 Feb 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Nice work, guys. When are they going to get you on TV?!

    • Ellen 16 Feb 2012 at 3:26 AM

      What’s an open channel number?! lol. They could make their own channel — CLTBTV. That’s too long. BlogTV. YES! Do it!

  6. Ellen 16 Feb 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Loving it, loving it. Way to go green CLT Blog! You guys always have good content. Love tuning in to the shows. Thanks for producing so many!

  7. Dee 18 Feb 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Great show! Would love to see a big corporation come on and defend their practices if they’re wasting or whatever. But it’s interesting to note the Catawba is dirty not necessarily because of large corporations, but because of individual dumpers and waste folks who don’t know how to properly dispose of that junk. Kudos to Richard and the Catawba Riverkeeper folks for doing good work!

  8. Donnie 19 Feb 2012 at 12:30 AM

    great discussions on this one! Love to see local colleges well repped, because lord knows we have a great set of colleges and professors teaching there around CLT!