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Renewable Energy vs. Fracking & Pipelines

by Tara Zrinski In the years that I have been part of the active opposition to the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in Pennsylvania as local organizer for Food and Water Watch and through Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking, I have seen … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Alternative, Building Community, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Distribution, Energy, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds |

Elevating the Huddled Masses: How Health Equity Promotes Sustainability

by Adrian Shanker In considering sustainability, one must ask:“How are the most marginalized in our community supported?” The sociocultural area of sustainability perhaps receives less attention than the economic and environmental pillars, but sociocultural sustainability has great influence on the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Health, Healthcare system, LGBT Rights, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

South Side Initiative

by Mary Catherine Foltz How can Universities and communities work together to promote sustainability? Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative (SSI) has developed a few different ways to answer this question in the past years. Recently, we worked with community partners … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Gardening, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Quality of Life, Schools & Learning, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

Organized Localization

by Tom Church Our present society values commercial success over ecological sustainability. We fear scarcity more than we celebrate abundance. People cope with the pressure of living in this atmosphere in as many ways as there are people. In this … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Quality of Life, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

Preserving Our Communities

by Erlinda Aguiar My experience has shown me that a community is an interactive group where its members have an impact on each other and that the diversity of its members only contributes to make the community better.  I hope … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Building Community, Climate, Diversity & Heritage, Environmental Justice, Quality of Life, Resilience, Soil, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds |

Creative Place-making: A Matter of Words

by Doug Roysdon Over the past few years, we have come to a new and better understanding of how this place we call our town represents a unique social and cultural opportunity. It is our place to celebrate, invest in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Capitalism, Economic Justice, Place & Infrastructure, Voices of the Valley |

In dark times, movements for justice exalt hope

by Lindsay Meiman 2016 marked the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous title-holder of 2015, and 2014 before that. Communities around the world are already confronting climate impacts—from one in a thousand year floods and devastating droughts, to food … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Alternative, Climate, Climate, Collaborative Efforts, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Rail, Renewable Energy, Shale gas, Stewardship, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

The Need for Equitable and Inclusive Development

by Ce-Ce Gerlach The soul and very foundation of municipalities is not the buildings — it’s the people. Development should benefit everyone, not just a handful of the well connected and wealthy developers. It’s time that we shift away from … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Diversity & Heritage, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |

Indigenous People and their role in the Americas

Content in preparation (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day)  

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Collaborative Efforts, Environmental Justice, Indigenous People, Middle East, Resource Extraction, Restorative Justice, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, The Americas |

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 |