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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 Environment & Ecosystems, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Wildlife |

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

Posted in Education for Sustainability, Environment & Ecosystems, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Youth Development |

Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action

by Diane W. Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990)1 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

Posted in Climate, Climate, Environment & Ecosystems, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Voices of the Valley |

A Plastic Ocean: Consequence of Disunity

by Courtney Cohen My passion and desire to help the environment did not develop because I grew up on a farm or because I spent my days hiking in the woods, but rather because I was raised in New York … more

Posted in Biodiversity, Collaborative Efforts, Conservation, Environment & Ecosystems, Habitat, Quality of Life, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds |

Earth Day 2016: An Experience at Muhlenberg College

by Molly Majewicz This year on Friday, April 22nd, the day was overcast and humid, but the predicted chance of rain didn’t deter many passionate Muhlenberg students and community members from creating a sustainability-centered fair, of sorts. On-campus groups like … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Community Gardening, Composting, Conservation, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Justice, Food, Food, Health, & Healthcare, Local Food, Renewable Energy, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, Transportation, Waste, Wildlife |

Campus Sustainability: How LVAIC universities are making big changes!

By Molly Majewicz The LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th featured a number of specialized sessions where various aspects of sustainability were explored in depth. They ranged from power conservancy to sustainable agriculture, to school-to-farm efforts, and community relations … more

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

Reviving and Sustaining Humanity and the Earth

by Karen Henninger “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature and therefore this holds for the action of people. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Collaborative Efforts, Environment & Ecosystems, Food, Health, Place & Infrastructure, Voices of the Valley |

School District Climate & Sustainability Commitment

Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Air, Asthma, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Education for Sustainability, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Local Health Issues, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Walking, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Youth Development |

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

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Air, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Buildings, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community Gardening, Composting, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Going Local vs. Globalization, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Local Food, Public Transit, Renewable Energy, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Walking, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Workers' Rights |

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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