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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

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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

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Envision LV – Economic Development

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

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Envision LV – Allentown Reindustrialization Plan

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the plan for Allentown—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t yet … more

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Envision LV – Affordable Housing

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on housing in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Buildings, Discrimination, Economic Justice, Housing, Immigrants' Rights, Minority Rights |

Social Research | Social Justice Conference

A unique and excellent addition to the Lehigh Valley’s offerings, the Social Research Social Justice Conference began in 2003 as a collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College, with the goal to … more

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Commit to Leadership in Sustainability

The benefits of making a clear commitment can be dramatic, especially over the long term.  When students, faculty, staff, and alumni know that the college or university is making a broad and comprehensive commitment to sustainability, they are more likely … more

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Endowment Investments with High Return & Ultra-Low Risk

This is another no-brainer. Recently, colleges and universities have been earning an average 6–8% return on their endowment funds. Most facilities projects to reduce energy & greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] have a 5–7 year payback — a 14%–20% return—which means … more

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Ideas for Saving Energy in Building Operations

The following comes from Healthcare Design (July 2012). Written for hospitals and healthcare facility managers, it is equally applicable to college & university campus facilities and to many businesses. Healthcare Design – July 24, 2012 Top 5 Things That Save … more

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