Author Archives: Peter Crownfield

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 |

Food & Health – Research citations

References [updated September 2014] [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 … 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 |

‘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 vs. Free 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 |