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The Need for Equitable and Inclusive Development

by Ce-Ce Gerlach The soul and very foundation of municipalities is not the buildings – it’s the people. Development should benefit everyone, not just a handful of the well connected and wealthy developers. It’s time that we shift away from development … more

Posted in Buildings, Community – Empowerment, Housing, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Urban Planning |

Land Use and Development

By Zeke Zelker Land Use and Development As a teenager, I spent hours walking in the cornfields of Lower Macungie, searching for solace in the serene pastoral landscape. I would traverse this landscape alone, rummaging through my confused adolescent mind trying … more

Posted in Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

In March 2015, we saw stories in the Express-Times and Morning Call reporting that almost all of the high schools, colleges, and universities in the Lehigh Valley have synthetic turf fields (also known as artificial turf), or were planning to replace natural grass with synthetic … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

PennEast Pipeline – Considerations for Communities

PennEast is a high-volume, high-pressure pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the fracking fields of northern PA through the Lehigh Valley and on to markets in other areas [perhaps overseas]. As with any major construction project, impacts on natural resources … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Air, Community Rights, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Pipelines, Precautionary Principle, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Regenerative Organic Agriculture Reverses Climate Change!

The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … more

Posted in Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Composting, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Farmers, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Permaculture, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds |

Food & Health – Research citations

References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more

Posted in Agriculture, Air, Asthma, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds |

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

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Asthma, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Economy, Business, & Money, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Businesses, Local Health Issues, Poverty, Precautionary Principle, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Social Justice, Sustainability & Business, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Transportation, Unsustainable Transportation |

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

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Buildings, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Justice, Going Local vs. Globalization, Land Use, Local Businesses, Production For Need, Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Business, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy |

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

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Air, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Climate & Sustainability Education, Community Gardening, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Endocrine Disruptors, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Going Local vs. Globalization, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Media, Militarism in schools, Nuclear Power, Poverty, Precautionary Principle, Public Transit, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainability & Business, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Youth Development |

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

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