Author Archives: pkc

Community Planning for Resilience & Sustainability

Communities need to plan for resilience both to short-term disruption resulting from storms and other major events, as well as  to long-term sustainability concerns, including the effects of global warming and climate change. (Resilience is often thought of as the … more

Community Health in the Lehigh Valley

by Jacqline Wolf Tice C.E.A. Winslow, the 20th-century “founder” of the modern public health movement, famously described public health as, “the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and mental health and efficiency through … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food for Health, Local Health Issues, Poverty, Public Health, Quality of Life |

Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Calculating Your School’s GHG Emissions

by Megan Arnold and Peter Crownfield Climate change is in the news, and we’ve seen a huge marches for science and for climate action. In many schools, though, global warming and climate change have been largely ignored, except for brief … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Advocacy & Activism, Air, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Demand Reduction, Education for Sustainability, Energy, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Precautionary Principle, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Unsustainable Energy, Waste |

Seeking Common Ground: An Environmental Scientist Turns to Fiction Writing

by Kate Brandes I’ve worked most of my twenty-five-year career, not as a writer, but as an environmental scientist. One of my first memories at age four is of the magnolia tree outside the shabby apartment complex on the outskirts … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Place & Infrastructure, Quality of Life, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley |

Growing and Cultivating Successful New Farmers

by Heidi Secord & Gary Bloss In a recent discussion with experienced direct market farmers we asked ourselves how we and the communities we serve can encourage the next generation of farmers; and how new and beginner farmers can identify … more

Posted in Farmers, Farmland Preservation, Food for Health, Local Businesses, Local Food, Rethinking…, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley |

Renewable Energy vs. Fracking & Pipelines

by Tara Zrinski In the years that I have been part of the active opposition to the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in Pennsylvania as local organizer for Food and Water Watch and through Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking, I have seen … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Alternative, Building Community, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Distribution, Energy, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds |

Teamwork for Sustainable Objectives

by Claire France Tried and true, teamwork makes the dream work. A recent visit to the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed this cliché for me and applied it to the world of working towards sustainability. I recently participated in my university’s … more

Posted in Collaborative Efforts, Environmental Justice, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

Elevating the Huddled Masses: How Health Equity Promotes Sustainability

by Adrian Shanker In considering sustainability, one must ask:“How are the most marginalized in our community supported?” The sociocultural area of sustainability perhaps receives less attention than the economic and environmental pillars, but sociocultural sustainability has great influence on the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Health, Healthcare system, LGBT Rights, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

South Side Initiative

by Mary Catherine Foltz How can Universities and communities work together to promote sustainability? Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative (SSI) has developed a few different ways to answer this question in the past years. Recently, we worked with community partners … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Gardening, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Quality of Life, Schools & Learning, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

Organized Localization

by Tom Church Our present society values commercial success over ecological sustainability. We fear scarcity more than we celebrate abundance. People cope with the pressure of living in this atmosphere in as many ways as there are people. In this … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Quality of Life, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |