Climate is something that affects us all. And because of global warming, we are faced with a climate crisis. We are already experiencing increasing occurrences of extreme weather, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are increasing at a rate that is likely to cause catastrophic changes in the future. We can mitigate the effects by reducing the use of fossil fuels—by reducing waste, relocalizing production, reducing the number of unnecessary vehicle trips, converting to more-efficient transportation, and converting to organic farming. And Climate Protection Agreements, commitments by governments and institutions to reduce GHG emissions and promote sustainable communities, are being written and signed.
But systemic changes are needed.
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Below you will find articles pertaining to climate topics.
The problems of too much ‘stuff’ are often complicated by municipal & private trash collection systems that provide all the wrong incentives. Here are a few thoughts on what a better system might look like. The key is to make … more
We, the people, get it. Why not our “Leaders”? We are just back from the February DC rally—Forward on Climate—attended with 40,000+ of our friends and neighbors. Marching past the White House. Past the fence where, several days before, 350.org’s … more
In 2009, Moravian College became one of a handful of small liberal arts colleges accredited to participate in the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference as civil society observers. The convention is a treaty that emerged … more
A unique and excellent addition to the Lehigh Valley’s offerings, the Social Research Social Justice Conference began in 2003 as a collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College, with the goal to … more
The benefits of making a clear commitment can be dramatic, especially over the long term. When students, faculty, staff, and alumni know that the college or university is making a broad and comprehensive commitment to sustainability, they are more likely … more
This is another no-brainer. Recently, colleges and universities have been earning an average 6–8% return on their endowment funds. Most facilities projects to reduce energy & greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] have a 5–7 year payback — a 14%–20% return—which means … more
A ‘Green Revolving Fund’ provides funds for small projects such as the one described above, projects that will make the college or university more sustainable and, in most cases, pay for itself by reducing expenses for energy. Any project that … more
Many colleges have made real progress towards campus sustainability, but in my opinion we can and should do more — and you should make sure your people realize that investing in sustainability make a dramatic improvement in your budget! The … more
To make good decisions about sustainability, people need to know the facts. Here are some questions that have arisen and might be suitable for class projects or independent study: What steps can local & county government take to produce immediate reductions in … more