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Community Health in the Lehigh Valley

by Jacqline Wolf Tice C.E.A. Winslow, the 20th-century “founder” of the modern public health movement, famously described public health as, “the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and mental health and efficiency through … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food for Health, Local Health Issues, Poverty, Public Health, Quality of Life |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Healthy Lunchtime Environment

Ideally, meals at school should do more than provide food that meets minimum nutrition requirements. In addition to supporting students’ physical health, we think meals should: be a part of students’ learning experience allow sufficient time for students to enjoy … more

Posted in Building Community, Community Gardening, Food for Health, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, School Food, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health |