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Colleges Lead the Way

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (‘LVAIC’) held its third valley-wide Campus Sustainability Conference in February. Keynote speaker Shana S. Weber, who directs the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, kicked off the day with a talk on the … more

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Local Economic Systems

by Rich Fegley It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate. If our food is grown that far from where we live, it is safe to assume that a fair … more

Posted in Farmers, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Food, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley |

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

Posted in Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Distribution, Energy, Quality of Life, Voices of the Valley |

The Moon Glistens in the Snow

by Matt Wolf The moon glistens in the snow I listen to the finally silent room I move my fingers a bit and then look up there is one light on in the entire house how many are awake around … more

Posted in Climate, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Seasonality, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley |

Tree Branches

by Joy Miller Tree branches dancing in the strong winds! Reaching and swaying in these winds. Each branch strong from the top of the trunk to the bottom of the trunk swaying in the winds! Each branch wanting to bend … more

Posted in Air, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environmental Justice, Habitat, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Voices of the Valley |

Green Pond

by Matt Wolff I see them flying overhead blue sky above wetness on their skinny ankles their beaks press in the soil for food nothing near like this for them so many come from so many places a superior form … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Conservation, Habitat, Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Seasonality, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

From the Body, Through the Mind, and Back to the Body

by Ken Burak The climate problem is all in our heads. Our minds and our perspectives on the environment and our place in it, or as it, are the source of the problem. Surely we must engage in sustainable life … more

Posted in Environment & Ecosystems, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Wildlife |

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 |

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

Posted in Education for Sustainability, Environment & Ecosystems, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Youth Development |