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Teamwork for Sustainable Objectives

by Claire France Tried and true, teamwork makes the dream work. A recent visit to the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed this cliché for me and applied it to the world of working towards sustainability. I recently participated in my university’s … more

Posted in Collaborative Efforts, Environmental Justice, Stewardship, 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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Grant Township Wins Key Motions

The township is battling the gas industry in court. The township is defending its right to ban frack injection wells. The industry is seeking to overturn that ban. Here’s an August 11, 2016 CELDF press release updating the situation. Grant … more

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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 |

Social Research Social Justice: The Wide Variety of Presentations in 2016

By Molly Majewicz The Social Research Social Justice Annual Conference, held this year on April 8th, began in 2003 at Muhlenberg College in a collaborative effort between the faculty and students. The goal, as Muhlenberg’s website states, is to “create … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Asia, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Democracy, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Human Rights, Media |