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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 |

Sustainability in the Workplace

by Rachel LeWitt In an era where even Walmart has pushed attempts to “go green”, the average consumer has been faced with the sustainability movement and its efforts in many different forms by 2011. Most if not all of these initiatives by … more

Posted in Agriculture, Building Community, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Human Rights, Immigrants' Rights, Industrial Food Production, Local Currencies, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley, Workers' Rights |

Community Exchange

The Alliance and Community Exchange The Alliance is partnering with Community Exchange as a new way for individuals and organizations to work together to build a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable community. [More info on the Alliance’s mission] Community Exchange … more

Posted in Barter & Exchange, Economy, Business, & Money, Local Currencies |

Sustainability Through Localization

by Gwen Colegrove and Cathy Frankenberg Change, Change, Oh Change, She Is A-Comin’! And what is driving this change? Why, the end of cheap oil. This means that our lifestyles will change. But, oh, so many of us hate change. … more

Posted in Cooperatives, CSA - Community Supported Ag, Decentralization, Demand Reduction, Economy, Business, & Money, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Local energy generation, Local Food, Rethinking…, Sustainable Growing | Tagged

Local for the Future

by Christina Bianco In a market economy, the main goal is to achieve efficiency. Given that this statement is true, why do businesses ship products across state and international borders when the local community is capable of supplying the same … more

Posted in Building Community, Economy, Business, & Money, Fossil Fuels, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Currencies, Local Food, Smart Growth, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley |

Time dollars: a local currency.

The Alliance is an organizational member of the Community Exchange Time Dollar Network. As Anne Rogers, contact person for Community Exchange, describes it in the Directory: Community Exchange is a “neighbor to neighbor” intergenerational model of Time Banks USA. Community … more

Posted in Barter & Exchange, Building Community, Economy, Business, & Money, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Currencies |