Author Archives: Peter Crownfield

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 |

Food & Health – Research citations

References [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management Strategy.” Biodynamics. … more

Posted in Agriculture, Air, Asthma, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food, Food for Health, GMOs - GE foods, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds |

Action Research

Action research, sometimes called participatory action research, has great potential for improving professional practice in many fields. As the Action Research Network of the Americas [ARNA] puts it: Action research involves inquiry into areas of concern or challenge facing communities and … more

Posted in Democratic Education, Human Rights, People Power, Rethinking…, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainability Education |

School District Climate & Sustainability Commitment

Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Air, Asthma, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Green Building, Local Health Issues, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Walking, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Youth Development |

Voices of the Valley: ‘What’s YOUR vision for a sustainable Valley!?’

Envision Lehigh Valley is making a public outreach to engage the citizens of Northampton and Lehigh Counties and create a plan for a sustainable Lehigh Valley.  This work is a part of a federally-funded three year Sustainable Communities Planning Grant … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Asthma, Bicycling, Childhood obesity, Climate, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Fair Trade, Food, Food for Health, Going Local, Green Building, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Justice System, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Permaculture, Precautionary Principle, Public Transit, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainable Growing, Transportation, Unsustainable Transportation, Walking |

Education & sustainability

Education and schools have important connections to becoming more sustainable. Schools need to: Model sustainability in their facilities and operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] and minimizing environmental & health impacts. Teach about sustainable living and develop students who are … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Democratic Education, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Going Local, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Justice System, Militarism, Nonviolence, Precautionary Principle, Re-skilling, Renewable Energy, Restorative Justice, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Violence Against Women |

FYI: Corbett Cancels School Visit to Escape Student Protest

Corbett canceled a visit to a Philly school when he learned that there would be a student protest over his education cuts.  The story made regional print & TV news and even went a href=”http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/17-7″national, with many outlets reprinting the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Privatization, Schools & Learning |

Community Engagement

Here are some initial thoughts on the community engagement process: Government agencies frequently accept public comment on proposed plans or projects, but the primary purpose is often only to fulfill a legal requirement. Members of the community often do not … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community Rights, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

FYI: Climate Crisis Updates

A few recent articles that may help to bring global warming & the climate crisis home: Bigger Than That: (The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change, by Rebecca Solnit | Truthout Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction | … more

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Conservation, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy, Wildlife |

FYI: F**cking Pennsylvania

The headline actually refers to Fracking, which is obscene in more ways than the other F-word.  Here are a few updates on the quantities of radioactive materials being released into our environment, a look at the corruption created by fracking … more

Posted in Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Energy, Environmental Health, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Pipelines, Precautionary Principle, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Water & Watersheds |