Blog Archives

Molly Majewicz: ‘LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference 2016′

I’d first like to start with a brief welcome to The Interns’ Corner, a place where interns working for the Alliance can post about relevant and interesting sustainability related topics. Look for more posts to come! Last weekend I had … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Rethinking…, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

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: 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 |

Sustainability Doings: November 27, 2015 – “Best/Worst of Times?”

A time to celebrate. A time to mourn. President Obama announced his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline on November 6. Calls to celebrate the victory are in from 350.org; Sierra Club; CREDO Action; Berks Gas Truth; NRDC; and others. … more

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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 |

Nancy Walters: ‘Food Recovery and Respect’

On September 24, the LV Food Policy Council had its launch with an inaugural meeting in Allentown.  The organizational structure was presented and committees were set up to address food security and thriving food systems, as well as the structure … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Collaborative Efforts, Composting, Economic Justice, Farmers, Food Distribution, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Food, Poverty, Sustainable Growing, Waste |

Synthetic Turf Update – More reasons for concern!

Since we first raised concerns last winter, new reports have confirmed the presence of multiple carcinogens in crumb rubber infill — and that annual costs for artificial turf are much higher than for natural turf. Carcinogens — A June 2015 Yale … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Landscaping, Schools & Learning, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Peter’s blog

Thoughts and observations by Peter Crownfield, one of the founding members of the Alliance.

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Economy, Business, & Money, Health, Place & Infrastructure, Precautionary Principle, Systemic Approaches, Transportation |