The incidence of asthma in the Lehigh Valley is far higher than the national average, especially in the inner cities. This is probably due in part to natural factors such as pollen, but the levels 0f Diesel pollution and ground-level ozone are also problematic. [Year after year, the Lehigh Valley fails to meet the minimum standards of the Clean Air Act.]
Locally, asthma is a focus of the Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community and a task force on Diesel pollution that includes the Alliance, Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community, Clean Water Action, Lehigh University’s Environmental Policy Design program, and RenewLV.
Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on why Envision LV should include public health in its plan for a sustainable Lehigh Valley. Envision LV does not have a draft report on Public Health, although other … more
50 Jawdroppingly Toxic Food Additives to Avoid There have been great advances in food preparation in the last century. These days, well over half of the foods that we can buy in a typical supermarket are pre packaged or prepared. … more
This page is adapted from a poster created by intern Julia Ward. Save Money, Your Health, & the Environment — Be Idle Free! If you’re going to be stopped for more than 60 seconds, turn your engine off (except in traffic). … more
Many believe that school buses are the safest method of transportation for children to get to school, but is it the healthiest? Diesel pollution is becoming a more significant problem across the United States today and specifically, the Lehigh Valley … more
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis examines the public health costs of congestion A Health Risk Assessment conducted by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis challenges the tendency for analysts and policymakers to focus only on excess fuel consumption and wasted … more
Let’s look at sustainability in terms of how our practices affect human health, both immediately and over the long term. Whether we call them health problems or environmental problems, though, the prescription for corrective actions is almost identical. The health lens is … more