Personal Takes on the Challenges of Climate Change

Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to … more

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Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action

By Diane Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990) led to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 195 countries that signed this 1992 treaty, including the U.S., are obligated to … more

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Economy and Environment–Must We Choose?

By Lindsay Meiman As I was walking to class with a friend the other day, he casually asked me, “Why do you care so much about sustainability?” I paused in my tracks, taken aback by the immensity of possible explanations … more

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From the Body, Through the Mind, and Back to the Body

By Ken Burak The climate problem is all in our heads. Our minds and our perspectives on the environment and our place in it, or as it, are the source of the problem. Surely we must engage in sustainable life … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Climate, Climate, Permaculture, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Schools & Learning, Sustainability Education, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, Systems of Belief, Uncategorized |

Empowerment and Engagement for Sustainability and Climate Action

By Joyce Marin We are hearing a choir of voices around the world rising in urgency regarding Climate Action. Many people, especially young people, are gaining the courage to look at, inform themselves about, discuss and ask for Climate Action. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Bicycling, Climate, Climate, Community – Empowerment, Home Food Gardening, People Power, Sustainable Living, Walking |

The Legal Alien

By Ida Halleröd I arrived in the Lehigh Valley in January this year from Gothenburg, Sweden. My husband got transferred here for work and I tagged along, figuring it would be one of life’s great adventures. I had slim pre-knowledge … more

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Climate Action, Structure, Power

By Martin Boksenbaum Two lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men” meant little to me until thinking about how to talk about what needs to be done, what we need to do, to address the climate crisis. Although certainly … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Climate, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Democracy, Environmental Justice, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Systemic Approaches, The Commons, Transitions |

Sustainability Tracking & Assessment

The STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System] developed by AASHE uses a detailed checklist to rate campuses in each of the following areas [based on STARS 2.0]: Education & Research Curriculum: It is important for institutions to have education programs … more

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Elements of Campus Sustainability

There are many inter-related and interdependent factors that contribute to campus sustainability.  This section looks at two ways to organize the different aspects of sustainability for campuses. The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future, outlines four interdependent … more

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Education & sustainability

Education and schools have important connections to becoming more sustainable. Schools need to: Model sustainability in their facilities and operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] and minimizing environmental & health impacts. Teach about sustainable living and develop students who are … more

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