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Personal Takes on the Challenges of Climate Change

Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to … more

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Stewarding our Environmental ‘Commons’ via the ‘Sustainability Commons’

By Tom Moroz The commons were traditionally defined as the elements of the environment‚ forests, atmosphere, rivers, fisheries, or grazing land‚ that are shared, used, and enjoyed by all. In our digital age, ‘the commons’ is also used to describe … more

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Economy and Environment–Must We Choose?

By Lindsay Meiman As I was walking to class with a friend the other day, he casually asked me, “Why do you care so much about sustainability?” I paused in my tracks, taken aback by the immensity of possible explanations … more

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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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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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Education & sustainability

Education and schools have important connections to becoming more sustainable. Schools need to: Model sustainability in their facilities and operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] and minimizing environmental & health impacts. Teach about sustainable living and develop students who are … more

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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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‘Green Revolving Funds’

A ‘Green Revolving Fund’ provides funds for small projects such as the one described above, projects that will make the college or university more sustainable and, in most cases, pay for itself by reducing expenses for energy. Any project that … more

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