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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 |

Education and Democracy

Education and Democracy A few thoughts on education for a democracy, by some of our greatest thinkers on education: “The proper education of the young does not consist of stuffing their heads with a mass of words, sentences, and ideas … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democratic Education, Human Rights, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf (March 2015)

[Updated March 18, 2015] The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Timesand Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few … more

Posted in Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Synthetic Turf |

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 |

Synthetic Turf Update

November 2017 – Synthetic Turf: Industry Claims vs. the Science. Environment & Human Health, Inc. [EHHI]. November 2017. More clear evidence of risks & problems with synthetic turf. August 2017 – Synthetic Turf update [August 2017] – includes links to … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Air, Childhood, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Health, Landscaping, Schools & Learning, Soil, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Precautionary Principle in Wellness Policies

To build an environment that truly supports health & wellness, we need to recognize that we sometimes need to make decisions before health impacts or safety concerns can be definitively proven or disproven. Where human health is involved, it is … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf |

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 |

Healthy School Food

In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the ‘first principle of care’, which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical … more

Posted in Childhood obesity, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, School Food, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing |

School Wellness Policies

Most school districts have a wellness policy that addresses multiple aspects of student health, often including both food and physical activity. This section deals with food, lunchtime environment, and the importance of the precautionary principle. Healthy School Food Lunchtime Environment Precautionary … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food, Food for Health, Local Food, School Food, Schools & Learning, Sustainable Growing |