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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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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Envision LV – Allentown Reindustrialization Plan

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the plan for Allentown—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t yet … more

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Envision LV – Transportation

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on transportation in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t … more

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Contribute Your Ideas to the Envision LV Plan!

This is not an official Envision LV page, but we want to provide a way for you to access the draft plans they are creating and comment on what they got right and what’s missing. The following is from a … more

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Social Research | Social Justice Conference

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

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Endowment Investments with High Return & Ultra-Low Risk

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

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Turn Down the Heat infographic

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Ideas for Saving Energy in Building Operations

The following comes from Healthcare Design (July 2012). Written for hospitals and healthcare facility managers, it is equally applicable to college & university campus facilities and to many businesses. Healthcare Design – July 24, 2012 Top 5 Things That Save … more

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Protecting the Interests of the People

When the residents of Lynn Township, Lehigh County discovered E.coli in their water wells, they approached their township supervisors, asking them to tell a local farmer to stop using fertilizer made from treated sewage sludge that goes by the green- … more

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