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Health Concerns with Artificial Turf [updated]

Note: An expanded & updated post on synthetic turf has been added to to the Focus On… section as an Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf. This post is prompted by an article in the Express-Times reporting that the Bethlehem … more

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

Sustainability Doings – 5 January 2015 – “Riddle”

How is capitalism like an elephant? The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what te hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Cooperatives, Demand Reduction, Distribution, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Farmers, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Shale gas, Soil, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

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 |

Sustainability Doings – 20 December 2014 – “Divorcing the System?”

A lot of us are agreed that the system we’re living in is dysfunctional. The question is, “How do we get a divorce from it?” ——————————————————————————————- From the Files of Peter Crownfield. . . Styrofoam Containers & Plastic Bags – … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Distribution, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Rail, Shale gas |

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 |

Sustainability Doings – 29 November 2014 – “You In – or You Out?”

Common question to poker players mulling over whether the hand they were dealt merits the risk of putting some of their hard-earned sheckels in the pot. But “You In — or You Out?” here refers to . . . well, … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Economic Justice, Environment & Ecosystems, Media, Poverty, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Sustainable Living |

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 , , ,