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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 |

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 |

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 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Community Rights, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, 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

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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 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Arts & Culture, 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

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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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