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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

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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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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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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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Envision LV – Climate Change

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on Climate Change—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. The following drafts were prepared by … more

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Envision LV – Environment

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the Environment—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. The draft report on the Environment … more

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Envision LV – Food

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the food system in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If … more

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Environmental Justice Public Participation Guidelines

The Pennsylvania DEP provides guidelines on the type of outreach that is needed for effective community engagement. The following is a plain-English version of their guidelines. Community Outreach Effective outreach requires multiple efforts, including open dialogue early in the planning … more

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