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Teaching About Food, Climate, and Sustainability

by Alyssa Fama Growing up, I always admired the beauty of nature and the world around me; blossoming flowers in the spring, the buzzing of insects during the summer, changing leaf colors in the fall and the silent snowfall in … more

Posted in Air, Biodiversity, Carrying Capacity, Climate, Conservation, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Justice, Habitat, Renewable Energy, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Decolonizing America for a Sustainable Future

by Maison Allen What if Europeans never settled in North America? Would the land in this country have remained unharmed? Would the environment be in better condition than it is today? Unlike colonists, the Native people did not treat the … more

Posted in Colonialism, Discrimination, Indigenous People, Land Use, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |

South Side Initiative

by Mary Catherine Foltz How can Universities and communities work together to promote sustainability? Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative (SSI) has developed a few different ways to answer this question in the past years. Recently, we worked with community partners … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Gardening, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Quality of Life, Schools & Learning, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

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 … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Diversity & Heritage, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |

Education and Democracy

Education and Democracy A few thoughts on education for a democracy, by some of our greatest thinkers on education: “The proper education of the young does not consist of stuffing their heads with a mass of words, sentences, and ideas … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democratic Education, Human Rights, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice |

Cross-curriculum integration

As part of the schools initiative, we’re posting this preliminary list of thoughts on implementing climate-related activities in various subject areas: Below are some ideas that can serve as a starting point — they’re not intended as actual classroom activities … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Climate, Climate, Education for Sustainability, Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Youth Development |

Climate & Sustainability in Schools Initiative

This project is exploring ways to integrate climate & sustainability in schools, with a focus on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. As of January 2017, the initial phase is complete: the GHG calculator and the background information for teachers, including a subject-by-subject … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Demand Reduction, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Sustainabilty & Health, Youth Development |

Is it time for an Impact Hub in the Lehigh Valley?

by Tom Moroz Impact Hubs are part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center.  They offer their members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact; they believe a better world evolves through the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Cooperatives, Social Justice, 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 |

Building Infrastructure of Resistance

by Adam Heidebrink-Bruno It’s easy for the individual to feel quite small in relation to the global superstructures that control the greater part of our lives. Even with a real, honest concern regarding the current state of things, individuals may … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Barter & Exchange, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Going Local vs. Globalization, People Power v. State Power, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |