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Seeking Common Ground: An Environmental Scientist Turns to Fiction Writing

by Kate Brandes I’ve worked most of my twenty-five-year career, not as a writer, but as an environmental scientist. One of my first memories at age four is of the magnolia tree outside the shabby apartment complex on the outskirts … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Place & Infrastructure, Quality of Life, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley |

Creative Place-making: A Matter of Words

by Doug Roysdon Over the past few years, we have come to a new and better understanding of how this place we call our town represents a unique social and cultural opportunity. It is our place to celebrate, invest in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Capitalism, Economic Justice, Place & Infrastructure, Voices of the Valley |

Synthetic Turf Overview

In the last few years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf (also known as artificial turf) creates serious health concerns. As of January 2016, there are over 200 cases of lymphoma & other cancers in young athletes … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Landscaping, Place & Infrastructure, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

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

Posted in Arts & Culture, Collaborative Efforts, Environment & Ecosystems, Food, Health, Place & Infrastructure |

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

Posted in 'Green' Building, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Demand Reduction, Environment & Ecosystems, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Human Rights, Local Food, Place & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Transportation, Workers' Rights |

At a Crossroads

The Lehigh Valley, like so many other regions, is at a crossroads. In choosing which path to take in regional planning, our choice is between business-as-usual, 20th century approaches, a path often characterized as “New Jersification”, and an alternative path … more

Posted in Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Transportation |

Is Sustainable Urban Living a Viable Outcome of Our Current Political System?

“Without systemic change, sustainable communities are not possible.” This is the opening statement from a whitepaper by Ben Price, Projects Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). He is speaking here of our political system and goes on … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Place & Infrastructure, Systemic Approaches, Transportation |

Public Spaces Endangered

The Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces Why we need parks, streetlife, squares, markets, trails, community gardens and other hang outs more than ever by Jay Walljasper, On the Commons, August 5, 2012 Opponents of Copenhagen’s first pedestrian street … more

Posted in Bicycling, Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, The Commons, Walking |

Public Spaces

This article from On the Commons makes a number of important points about land use, pedestrian-friendly environments, and building community. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces by Jay Walljasper Public space is a literal commons: the … more

Posted in Bicycling, Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Land Use, Local Businesses, Place & Infrastructure, The Commons, Transportation |

Allentown incinerator plan – Documents

Waste Incinerator in Allentown – Documents Documents related to the waste incinerator to be built in downtown Allentown: Documents from the Sierra Club and other experts: Al Wurth – March 6 message to Allentown City Council Sierra Club letter to … more

Posted in Air, Community – Government & Rights, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Place & Infrastructure, Waste, Water & Watersheds |