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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 the information available … more

Posted in Schools & Learning, The Commons, Voices of the Valley, Youth Development |

Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action

by Diane W. Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990)1 led to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 195 countries that signed this 1992 treaty, including the U.S., are obligated to … more

Posted in Climate, Climate, Environment & Ecosystems, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Voices of the Valley |

Climate Action, Structure, Power

by Martin Boksenbaum Two lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men” meant little to me until thinking about how to talk about what needs to be done, what we need to do, to address the climate crisis. Although certainly … more

Posted in Human Rights, The Commons, Voices of the Valley |

Social Space, Public Discussion, Political Action

by Colton Krial & Leah Triber During the first month of 2014, Oxfam released a report on the state of global inequality. The fact that quickly came to define the report spoke of the unprecedented level of wealth that a … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Capitalism, Collaborative Efforts, Economic Justice, Going Local vs. Globalization, Labor, People Power v. State Power, Social Justice, The Commons, Voices of the Valley |

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

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Democratic Education, Education for Sustainability, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Militarism, Nonviolence, Precautionary Principle, Re-skilling, Renewable Energy, Restorative Justice, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Violence Against Women |

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, Community Gardening, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Education for Sustainability, 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 & Communication, 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 |

The End of an Age

by Jerz E. Brown What does the end of the Industrial Age(s) mean for the average person? There was a time long ago when our great-grandfather’s great-grandfather was there when they invented steam power! Back when people started going to … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Community – Empowerment, Economy, Business, & Money, Labor, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Voices of the Valley |

Turn Down the Heat infographic

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Justice, Food, Fossil Fuels, Human Rights, Precautionary Principle, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, The Commons, The World, Unsustainable Energy, Water & Watersheds |

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 |