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Seeking Common Ground: An Environmental Scientist Turns to Fiction Writing

by Kate Brandes I’ve worked most of my twenty-five-year career, not as a writer, but as an environmental scientist. One of my first memories at age four is of the magnolia tree outside the shabby apartment complex on the outskirts … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Place & Infrastructure, Quality of Life, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley |

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 |

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 |

A Reflection on Place, History, and Resilience

by Diane Husic Recently, I took refuge from work to visit the former site of Bethlehem Steel. This may seem like a strange place for a retreat, but when your work involves ecological restoration of contaminated sites and adaptation to … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Air, Arts & Culture, Biodiversity, Building Community, Climate, Community – Empowerment, Diversity & Heritage, Historic Preservation, Quality of Life, Resilience, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Comments and Quotes

The Role of the Arts “The arts have a great capacity as a binding community force.” —Doug Roysdon, “Quantitative Index for Sustainable Arts Organizations” (draft) “When you partner with local arts, you partner with the whole city.” —The Partnership Movement, … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Education for Sustainability, Food |

Cross-curriculum integration

As part of the schools initiative, we’re posting this preliminary list of thoughts on implementing climate-related activities in various subject areas: Below are some ideas that can serve as a starting point — they’re not intended as actual classroom activities … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Climate, Climate, Education for Sustainability, Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Youth Development |

Climate & Sustainability in Schools Initiative

This project is exploring ways to integrate climate & sustainability in schools, with a focus on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. As of January 2017, the initial phase is complete: the GHG calculator and the background information for teachers, including a subject-by-subject … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Demand Reduction, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Sustainabilty & Health, Youth Development |

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 |

Is it time for an Impact Hub in the Lehigh Valley?

by Tom Moroz Impact Hubs are part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center.  They offer their members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact; they believe a better world evolves through the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Cooperatives, Social Justice |

The Right to Be You.

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at your right to be you: PopQuiz on fatherly responses to those coming out of the closet. Here are 10 questions from pop culture that can get you thinking about the real you.

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