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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 |

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 |

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 |

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, Climate & Sustainability Education, 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, Climate & Sustainability Education, Community Gardening, Demand Reduction, 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 |

Is it time for an Impact Hub in the Lehigh Valley?

by Tom Moroz Impact Hubs are part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center.  They offer their members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact; they believe a better world evolves through the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Cooperatives, Social Justice |

Social Space, Public Discussion, Political Action

by Colton Krial & Leah Triber During the first month of 2014, Oxfam released a report on the state of global inequality. The fact that quickly came to define the report spoke of the unprecedented level of wealth that a … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Capitalism, Collaborative Efforts, Economic Justice, Going Local vs. Globalization, Labor, People Power v. State Power, Social Justice, The Commons |

Building Infrastructure of Resistance

by Adam Heidebrink-Bruno It’s easy for the individual to feel quite small in relation to the global superstructures that control the greater part of our lives. Even with a real, honest concern regarding the current state of things, individuals may … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Barter & Exchange, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Going Local vs. Globalization, People Power v. State Power, Social Justice |

Law Enforcement & Prosecutor Misconduct

Fortunately, most law enforcement officers and justice system officials are honest and try their best to do the right thing — but there are some who do not, some who use their power in ways that compromise people’s rights and harm … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Discrimination, Justice System, Minority Rights, Social Justice |

Resources on Action Research

Thanks to Moravian College students Brianne Schoolcraft ’15 & Christopher Ossont ’15 for compiling these resources! Action Research infed.org/mobi/action-research/ This page offers a helpful look at the definition and origin of Action Research, as well as an overview of the … more

Posted in Climate & Sustainability Education, Community – Empowerment, Democratic Education, Re-skilling, Rethinking…, Schools & Learning, Social Justice |