Author Archives: pkc

Healthy Food for Healthy Communities

This ongoing project provides internships to look at the food system and its impacts on the environment, health, and climate. — Rethink the System, Work for Change — The specific activities depend on what is happening in the community at … more

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology uses urban planning, ecology, and public participation to help develop cities that are healthier places to live. (This parallels the Alliance’s overall mission & goals, but will focus on a specific area for the term of the internship.) … more

Private Profits with Socialized Costs

What is the cost to society of allowing businesses to externalize costs (even as many leaders go on and on about supporting a ‘free market’)?  These ‘externalities’ — costs that are incurred as a result of an economic activity but … more

Climate & Sustainability for Schools

Many elementary and secondary students do not understand the extent or causes of global warming or how important it is to reduce greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions now. We are identifying and developing tools & ideas that make it easier for … more

Combined Heat & Power [CHP]

This is a great project for the right student.  At first glance, a Combined Heat and Power [CHP] project might appear to be a straightforward mechanical engineering challenge, a technical problem to solve — but it involves many other factors … more

Voices of the Valley from Sustainable Lehigh Valley 2016

The Need for Equitable and Inclusive Development, by Ce-Ce Gerlach Community Health in the Lehigh Valley, by Jacqline Wolf Tice Land Use and Development, by Zeke Zelker Forgoing Fossil Fuels, Finally, by Rebecca Canright The Real Cost of Food, by … more

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf (March 2015)

[Updated March 18, 2015] The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Timesand Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few … more

Posted in Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Synthetic Turf |

Peter: COP-21 News Recap

If you’ve been following the Moravian College at the UNFCCC blog, you know by now that a historic agreement was finally reached in Paris this Saturday.  It is historic in that 180 nations made pledges to take steps to reduce … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Habitat, Human Rights, Quality of Life, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Violence Against Women, Waste, Wildlife |

Quotes from the home page

posted 4/3/16: “Growing that grain will require the felling of forests, the plowing of prairies, the draining of wetlands, and the destruction of topsoil. In most places on earth, it will never be sustainable, and where it just possible might … more

Cross-curriculum integration

As part of the schools initiative, we’re posting this preliminary list of thoughts on implementing climate-related activities in various subject areas: Below are some ideas that can serve as a starting point — they’re not intended as actual classroom activities … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Climate, Climate, Climate & Sustainability Education, Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Youth Development |