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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,

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,

Peter Crownfield: ‘Open Letter to Bethlehem’s Historic Conservation Commission’

To whom it may concern: I am concerned by the willingness of the Historic Conservation Commission to approve development that is not appropriate for SouthSide Bethlehem. This letter is prompted by proposals to build in the area bounded by Third, … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Building Community, Buildings, Climate, Demand Reduction, Energy, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Land Use, Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living,

Mark Smallwood: ‘It starts with the soil’

Building healthy soil can reverse climate change. We’ve noticed something significant. Reports on climate change from international organizations to agricultural research stations alike have suddenly changed direction. Dire warnings and costly initiatives for slowing it down have given way to … more

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Kevin Easterling: ‘Lehigh Valley King Memorial’

Saturday, May 17th 2014, marked the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that called for the end of segregation in our public schools. Many feel we have not come far enough toward this … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Discrimination, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Youth Development, | Tagged , , ,

Fox Environmental Center: ‘Transparency in the Face of Attack’

At the Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center we welcome requests for information and consistently fulfill requests for full disclosure of our activities, governance, and finances. In particular, because we were founded as a student and teacher-led organization, we believe our … more

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Anna Maria Caldara: ‘Protecting Children From Smart Boards’

From Anna Maria Caldara, Bangor PA, April 18, 2014: Are parents of toddlers aware that their children’s pre-school may contain a Smart Board? Installed as the latest learning tool, teachers probably do not realize that Smart Boards emit DNA-damaging radiation. … more

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‘April’, by Sarah Mantz

In 1994, this poem by Sarah Mantz, then a sophomore at Salisbury High School, was selected as a winner in an Earth Day writing contest sponsored by the Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste Management. (Her winning poem was also … more

Posted in Air, Arts & Culture, Climate, Conservation, Habitat, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Waste, Water & Watersheds,

‘What’s YOUR vision for a sustainable Valley!?’

Envision Lehigh Valley is making a public outreach to engage the citizens of Northampton and Lehigh Counties and create a plan for a sustainable Lehigh Valley.  This work is a part of a federally-funded three year Sustainable Communities Planning Grant … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Asthma, Bicycling, Childhood obesity, Climate, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food, Food for Health, Going Local, Green Building, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Justice System, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Permaculture, Precautionary Principle, Public Transit, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainable Growing, Transportation, Unsustainable Transportation, Walking,