Author Archives: Peter Crownfield


Communicating sustainability concepts to the community at large is a challenge, given the flood of misinformation in the mainstream media. This can be quite challenging, because these projects focus on public policy but need to make scientific concepts, technical data, … more

Peter: ‘Bearing the Cross’, by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges wrote the following after attending the funeral of Daniel Berrigan: Bearing the Cross by Chris Hedges NEW YORK—I arrived early Friday morning, after walking through the rain, at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Greenwich Village for the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Militarism, Nonviolence, People Power v. State Power, Religion, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Stewardship, System Change/Revolution, US Foreign Policy, War & Peace |

Peter Crownfield: ‘Synthetic Turf Q & A’

A number of questions arise when people are considering synthetic turf or synthetic playground surfaces or running tracks. Some of the most common concern health & safety claims, other health concerns, cost, and feasibility for high-use fields. (For additional information, … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, PM2.5 – fine particulate pollution, Schools & Learning, Soil, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Peter’s blog: ‘Thanksgiving’

At its best, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday—a chance to reflect and appreciate life. Unfortunately, it is often dedicated to watching football, arguing politics, and consuming vast quantities of food—and, in the process, celebrating the myth of the ‘first thanksgiving’. … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Capitalism, Collaborative Efforts, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Industrial Food Production, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, The Americas |

Peter’s blog: ‘Facts & Fiction’

I saw my copy of A People’s History of the United States the other day, and it reminded me that many of the ‘facts’ we learn in school or read in the media turn out to be false—news & ‘history’ … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Community Rights, Democracy, Economic Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Immigrants' Rights, Justice System, Militarism, Minority Rights, People Power v. State Power, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Workers' Rights |

Peter’s blog: Freedom under attack — CitizenFour

CitizenFour, the acclaimed documentary about Edward Snowden, is widely available. Maybe we need to remind ourselves that the Snowden’s disclosures may have faded into the background, but the U.S. government’s all-out assault on democracy & freedom continues today, and the ongoing … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Liberties, Democracy, People Power v. State Power, Terrorism, War & Peace |

One More in the Long History of Lies by U.S. Leaders

On Sunday, the London Review of Books published a new account of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by Seymour Hersh. His article shows that the story told by the Obama Administration is total fiction.  Hersh says it was nothing … more

Posted in Militarism, The World, US Foreign Policy, War & Peace |

Buy Local Challenge

Are you up for a challenge?? Take a pledge to buy local , buy fresh! Individuals – pledge to eat at least one food item from a local farm at least once a week from April-October. Food establishments – pledge … more

Posted in Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Food |

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 |