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Personal Takes on the Challenges of Climate Change

Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to … more

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Stewarding our Environmental ‘Commons’ via the ‘Sustainability Commons’

By Tom Moroz The commons were traditionally defined as the elements of the environment‚ forests, atmosphere, rivers, fisheries, or grazing land‚ that are shared, used, and enjoyed by all. In our digital age, ‘the commons’ is also used to describe … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Empowerment, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Going Local, Housing, Local Food, Media, People Power, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, The Commons |

Sustainability Tracking & Assessment

The STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System] developed by AASHE uses a detailed checklist to rate campuses in each of the following areas [based on STARS 2.0]: Education & Research Curriculum: It is important for institutions to have education programs … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Air, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Buildings, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community Gardening, Composting, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Going Local, Green Building, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Local Food, Public Transit, Renewable Energy, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Walking, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Workers' Rights |

Elements of Campus Sustainability

There are many inter-related and interdependent factors that contribute to campus sustainability.  This section looks at two ways to organize the different aspects of sustainability for campuses. The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future, outlines four interdependent … more

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Envision LV – Community Development

Community development is often bundled with economic development, but it is focused on the people and a sense of community, rather than the economic impacts of buildings & jobs and the like. Use the comments feature on this page to … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Community Rights, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Justice System, Local Businesses, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Walking, Youth Development |

Envision LV – Food

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the food system in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Community Gardening, Composting, Environment & Ecosystems, Food, Food Distribution, Going Local, Home Food Gardening, Industrial Food Production, Local Businesses, Local Food, School Food, Soil, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds |

Contribute Your Ideas to the Envision LV Plan!

This is not an official Envision LV page, but we want to provide a way for you to access the draft plans they are creating and comment on what they got right and what’s missing. The following is from a … more

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SouthSide’s Community Maze Garden

Many residents of and visitors to SouthSide Bethlehem have come to take the Maze Garden for granted. Following is a fascinating history of this unique space, prepared by John Pettegrew of Lehigh University. The Maze Garden (1996 – 2013) November … more

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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

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Farm-To-School

Bearing Fruit An overview of the Farm To School movement Among a multitude of grassroots responses to the problems of our modern industrialized food system is the Farm to School (FTS) movement — a national effort to reorganize the school … more

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