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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, GMOs - 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 |

Sources & Links for More Information on Synthetic Turf

Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies David R. Brown. Artificial Turf. Environment & Human Health (2007). Phyllis Swebilius. More studies needed on artificial turf fields, EPA says. New Haven … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Schools & Learning, Soil, Students' Rights, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Play It Safe – for athletes, parents, and institutions

All of these recommendations follow the same principles based on understanding the risks created by playing on or near synthetic turf. These recommendations can help reduce — but not eliminate — some of the serious health & safety risks discussed … more

Posted in Asthma, Environmental Health, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf |

Sustainability Questions for Students & Educators

To make good decisions about sustainability, people need to know the facts. Here are some questions that have arisen and might be suitable for class projects or independent study: What steps can local & county government take to produce immediate reductions in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Civil Liberties, Climate, Community Land Trusts, Community Rights, Corporate Personhood, Decentralization, Demand Reduction, Democratic Education, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Environmental Health, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Going Local, Habitat, Human Rights, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Media, Migration, Militarism, Minority Rights, Nonviolence, Production For Need, Resource Extraction, Restorative Justice, School Food, Students' Rights, Transportation, Violence Against Women |

What Is the Military Doing in Your School?

Schools are supposed to help children learn, but too many schools simply reinforce unquestioning obedience and respect for the powers that be—and some schools support the military recruiting machine against the educational and personal interests of their students. Recruiters in … more

Posted in Militarism, Militarism in schools, Nonviolence, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, War & Peace |

Why Students’ Rights Are So Important

Although some schools act as if the Bill of Rights doesn’t apply to students in school, the Supreme Court of the U.S. has made clear that it does apply. In many schools right here in the Lehigh Valley, students are denied … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Democratic Education, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights |

Students’ Rights in Pennsylvania

Lehigh ValleyThe U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions guarantee certain rights, and most of them apply to students in public schools. The Pennsylvania School Code and the federal Equal Access Act spell out some additional rights for public-school students. For instance, students … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Community – Empowerment, Students' Rights |

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948 On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Justice System, Minority Rights, Students' Rights, Systemic Approaches, The World |