Author Archives: Peter Crownfield

Summer Internships

Each summer, we offer 2 or 3 internships, usually focusing on a specific issue or project with a team of students from different colleges.  These are unpaid, but they are generally structured to require <15 hrs/wk so students so students can still hold … more

2 More Oil Train Derailments

Two trains carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire this week: one in rural Ontario on the 14th, and one in Fayette County WV on Monday the 16th. The Ontario fires were still burning on Monday. Each tank car carries … more

Posted in Climate, Energy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Resource Extraction, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds |

Anti-fracking activists targeted in PA!’

Remember a couple of years ago, when the state was compiling ‘intelligence’ about anti-fracking activists and environmentalists and then sharing it with the industry and using it to intimidate those opposed to fracking? Not much has changed, as a February 2 … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Distribution, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Resource Extraction, Shale gas, Students' Rights, Unsustainable Energy, Workers' Rights |

Health Concerns with Artificial Turf [updated]

Note: An expanded & updated post on synthetic turf has been added to to the Focus On… section as an Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf. This post is prompted by an article in the Express-Times reporting that the Bethlehem … more

Posted in Air, Asthma, Buildings, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds |

Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Peter Crownfield: ‘Styrofoam Containers & Plastic Bags’

People in the U.S. and around the world use billions of plastic containers, utensils, & bags every year. Do we really need these ‘conveniences’? The processes of manufacturing styrene & styrene foam releases thousands of tons of ozone into the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Capitalism, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Sustainability & Business, Waste |

Peter Crownfield: ‘PennEast Pipeline – a threat to communities’

On Thursday, November 20, Nurture Nature Center held a program on ‘Pipeline Science: Environmental Considerations for Communities’. Presentations by Dr. Dru Germanoski, Professor of Geology at Lafayette College, and Mark Gallagher, consultant with Princeton Hydro, outlined the risks presented by … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Pipelines, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Resources for better schools & learning

A few resources for those with a real interest in education, learning, and schools—but note that these are only a few of the many resources we have! A School Centered on Children & Learning — the Prospect School The Bigness … more

Climate and Sustainability Commitment – Fact Sheets

Following is a list of fact sheets developed while exploring recommendations for action under the Climate and Sustainability Commitment adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District. Each fact sheet contains a description of the topic or proposal, information on its … more

Peter Crownfield: ‘Open Letter to Bethlehem’s Historic Conservation Commission’

To whom it may concern: I am concerned by the willingness of the Historic Conservation Commission to approve development that is not appropriate for SouthSide Bethlehem. This letter is prompted by proposals to build in the area bounded by Third, … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Building Community, Buildings, Climate, Demand Reduction, Energy, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Land Use, Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living |