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Peter Crownfield: Health Concerns with Artificial Turf

This post is prompted by an article in the Express-Times reporting that the Bethlehem Area School District is considering replacement of the artificial turf at Liberty HS and is also considering future installations at Freedom HS & Nitschmann MS.1 Other … more

Posted in Air, Asthma, Buildings, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds |

fyi: ‘In Memory of Jerry Brunetti’

We’re posting this sad news received from Brian Snyder, Executive Director of PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) about the death of Jerry Brunetti. Some of you may have attended one or more of Jerry’s presentations in the Lehigh Valley … more

Posted in Honoring Lives |

Peter Crownfield: ‘Styrofoam Containers & Plastic Bags’

People in the U.S. and around the world use billions of plastic containers, utensils, & bags every year. Do we really need these ‘conveniences’? The processes of manufacturing styrene & styrene foam releases thousands of tons of ozone into the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Capitalism, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Sustainability & Business, Waste |

Diane Husic: Preparing for Lima – COP20

by Diane Husic, Professor of Biology at Moravian College On December 1st, the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) will commence in Lima, Peru to continue attempts to draft a global treaty on climate change. It has been 25 years … more

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Demand Reduction, Environmental Justice, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy |

Peter Crownfield: ‘PennEast Pipeline – a threat to communities’

On Thursday, November 20, Nurture Nature Center held a program on ‘Pipeline Science: Environmental Considerations for Communities’. Presentations by Dr. Dru Germanoski, Professor of Geology at Lafayette College, and Mark Gallagher, consultant with Princeton Hydro, outlined the risks presented by … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Pipelines, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Evin Epstein: Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s contributions

Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s political, ecological contributions by Evin Epstein The political entanglements surrounding former Bethlehem City Councilwoman Karen Dolan have for some become a juicy, tempting story to follow. Following the recent release of a Northampton County grand jury … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Building Community, Climate, Conservation, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Green Building, Justice System, Land Use, Native Plants, Renewable Energy, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Water & Watersheds, Women's Rights |

CELDF 11-5-14 Election Update: Community Rights Fracking Bans

From: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CEDLF), 11-5-14: Election results are in for our communities – please join us in celebrating the following wins for Community Rights: ATHENS, OH: With 78% of the vote, Athens, OH, residents overwhelmingly adopted a … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Community Rights, Corporate Personhood, Corporations, Environmental Health, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Water & Watersheds | Tagged , , ,

Peter Crownfield: ‘Bethlehem City Council ignores people and the law’

I am appalled at the actions of Bethlehem’s administration and city council. At Wednesday’s meeting, the council ignored the passionate pleas of residents, business owners, and community revitalization experts — and they even ignored the advice of their own solicitor. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Quality of Life, The Commons |

James Orben: ‘PennEast Pipeline: Coming to a Watershed Near You?’

The PennEast high pressure natural gas pipeline is planned to follow a 105-mile route beginning in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and continuing through Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks Counties. The pipeline is planned to cross the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, the … more

Posted in Decentralization |

fyi: ‘CELDF 9-10-14 Community Rights Update’

From the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), 9/10/14: Here’s an update on some of our latest work: GRANT TOWNSHIP, PA: On August 28th, Grant Township Supervisors voted unanimously to defend their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking wastewater injection … more

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