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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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The Legal Alien

by Ida Halleröd I arrived in the Lehigh Valley in January this year from Gothenburg, Sweden. My husband got transferred here for work and I tagged along, figuring it would be one of life’s great adventures. I had slim pre-knowledge … more

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Comments and Quotes

From the 2016 edition of Sustainable Lehigh Valley” The Role of the Arts “The arts have a great capacity as a binding community force.” —Doug Roysdon, “Quantitative Index for Sustainable Arts Organizations” (draft) “When you partner with local arts, you partner … more

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Campus Sustainability: How LVAIC universities are making big changes!

By Molly Majewicz The LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th featured a number of specialized sessions where various aspects of sustainability were explored in depth. They ranged from power conservancy to sustainable agriculture, to school-to-farm efforts, and community relations … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Environment & Ecosystems, Rethinking…, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

Campus Sustainability? Yum!

By Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th, food on college campuses was a big topic of discussion. In congruence with the keynote speaker’s main message of changing campus ethos, many of the sessions that day … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Food, Food, Health, & Healthcare, Local Food, Rethinking…, School Food, Stewardship, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

Campus Sustainability: A Window into How We Can Change National Ethos

by Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20, 2016, keynote speaker Dr. Shana Weber, Director of the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, urged the forward-thinking students and faculty present to strongly think about ethos—our character, … 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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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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