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Sharing My Grandfather’s Tale

By Richard Lane If we want to know how it was, before change and the possible future, we can turn to the “Old Ones”. They will tell us the stories; if we only but listen. In one of the many … more

Posted in Diversity & Heritage, Historic Preservation, Place & Infrastructure, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Systems of Belief |

Envision LV – Community Development

Community development is often bundled with economic development, but it is focused on the people and a sense of community, rather than the economic impacts of buildings & jobs and the like. Use the comments feature on this page to … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Community Rights, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Justice System, Local Businesses, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Walking, Youth Development |

Contribute Your Ideas to the Envision LV Plan!

This is not an official Envision LV page, but we want to provide a way for you to access the draft plans they are creating and comment on what they got right and what’s missing. The following is from a … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Air, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Endocrine Disruptors, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Going Local, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Justice System, Land Use, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Media, Militarism in schools, Nuclear Power, Poverty, Precautionary Principle, Public Transit, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainability & Business, Sustainability Education, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Youth Development |

Community Engagement

Here are some initial thoughts on the community engagement process: Government agencies frequently accept public comment on proposed plans or projects, but the primary purpose is often only to fulfill a legal requirement. Members of the community often do not … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community Rights, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

Neuweiler Community Arts Center

Thank you to the Alliance for Sustainable Communities for the opportunity to share The Neuweiler Arts Center Project concept at the Environmental Summit. We are thrilled to tell you about this initiative and to propose ideas for how the community … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Arts & Culture, Green Building, Historic Preservation |

An Economic Argument for Trails in the Lehigh Valley

By Silas Chamberlin — Most of us probably support the creation and protection of trails because they provide opportunities for healthy recreation, simple, sustainable transportation, and are aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, not everyone does. There is, however, a more pragmatic justification … more

Posted in Bicycling, Historic Preservation, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Transportation, Walking | Tagged

Adaptive Reuse of Old Buildings

A community can benefit in many ways from recycling buildings into useful structures instead of destroying them. For example, hundreds of grist mills in the Lehigh Valley were torn down after there was no longer a demand for Mill services. … more

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