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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

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Community Gardening, Composting, Conservation, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Justice, Food, Food, Health, & Healthcare, Local Food, Renewable Energy, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, Transportation, Waste, Wildlife |

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 |

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, GMO / 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 |

Healthy School Food

In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the ‘first principle of care’, which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical … more

Posted in Childhood obesity, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, School Food, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing |

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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Opportunity for Engagement: Byler Farm for sale.

Janet and Urbane Byler are retiring and have put their farm up for sale. Here’s information from them about the farm. For more information, email Janet and Urbane: We have been operating an October Pumpkin Festival for 28 years that … more

Posted in Agriculture, Building Community, Climate & Sustainability Education, Farmland Preservation, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Food, Production For Need, Quality of Life, Resilience, Sustainable Living | Tagged , , ,

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 'Green' Building, 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 vs. Globalization, 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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