Earth Day 2016: An Experience at Muhlenberg College

by Molly Majewicz This year on Friday, April 22nd, the day was overcast and humid, but the predicted chance of rain didn’t deter many passionate Muhlenberg students and community members from creating a sustainability-centered fair, of sorts. On-campus groups like … more

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Comments and Quotes

The Role of the Arts “The arts have a great capacity as a binding community force.” —Doug Roysdon, “Quantitative Index for Sustainable Arts Organizations” (draft) “When you partner with local arts, you partner with the whole city.” —The Partnership Movement, … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Climate, Climate & Sustainability Education, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Food |

Perspectives on Political Action

With attention focused on the horse races for the presidency, we thought it might be valuable to consider political action more broadly, including thoughts on how to change the system. So we looked to organizations listed in the directory (which … more

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The Real Cost of Food

By Stephanie Bennett For many of us, the food that is on our plate is so far from what our ancestors consumed a century ago. Fortunately, the sustainable food movement has been growing and consumers have been incorporating more organic, … more

Posted in Agriculture, Farmers, Food, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Food, Sustainable Growing |

Campus Sustainability? Yum!

By Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th, food on college campuses was a big topic of discussion. In congruence with the keynote speaker’s main message of changing campus ethos, many of the sessions that day … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Food, Food, Health, & Healthcare, Local Food, Rethinking…, School Food, Stewardship, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

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

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Reviving and Sustaining Humanity and the Earth

by Karen Henninger “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature and therefore this holds for the action of people. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison … more

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Regenerative Organic Agriculture Reverses Climate Change!

The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … more

Posted in Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Composting, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Farmers, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Permaculture, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds |

Where can I purchase Fair Trade products?

Coffee Shops/Cafés that sell Brewed Fair Trade Coffee The following local cafés are known to offer brewed Fair Trade coffee, often organic, and many of them also sell packaged coffee. In addition to these locations, most—but not all—college food services now … more

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Food & Health – Research citations

References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more

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