1939–2019 We bid fond farewell to Martin Boksenbaum, co-founder of the Alliance who was deeply involved in preparing each of the previous 16 issues of this Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet. It’s hard to think of the Alliance—and especially this publication—without Martin. He was integral to nearly every aspect of it from its inception. Martin died last summer, but we’re … [Read more...] about Martin William Boksenbaum
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The "Focus On" section provides in-depth information and opinion on many facets of sustainability. (Although these topics may appear quite distinct and separate, it’s important to remember that they are interconnected and interdependent in multiple ways — in general, the 4 basic principles of ecology apply to all complex systems.)
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Environment & Ecology
by Eirlys Chui As times are changing, so are the trends we see in today’s food system. People are growing interested in natural, organic, locally sourced, and sustainable food. They are exploring dietary selections such as vegetarian and vegan options that benefit personal health and that of the environment. Yet there are also arising obstacles—environmental degradation, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Food for Thought
by Sakura Shinjo We generally understand today that we need to cut our consumption of fossil fuels: we must end the use of plastics in our foods; we should try to make more responsible decisions in transportation; however, some of these issues are more easily tackled than others. Millions live in food deserts where the question of healthy foods cannot yet be asked. And … [Read more...] about The Environment, the Beauty Industry, and the Responsibility of Women
by Margaret Wilson Have you ever wondered what it really means to go organic? Regenerative organic agriculture is more than just a trend — it’s a method of farming that respects and works with nature. Organic farming relies on natural principles and techniques, as opposed to synthetic chemicals and pesticides, to produce healthy and abundant food. Organic farms go … [Read more...] about Go Organic and Bring the Farm to You
by Rebecca Canright Farmers often hold the most intimate knowledge of what’s good for the land. At the same time, farming has historically had a less-than-lovely impact upon wild ecosystems. How can we farm in ways that partner with Earth’s natural systems and reverse climate change? Well, we can look to our indigenous brothers and sisters who have practiced small-scale … [Read more...] about Solutions Lie in Soil
by Eden Bailie there were only elements and planetary breaths, water cooling magma, birth, creation-eating-creation, fungi feeding from a purer deathno cathedrals for praise, only treetops, trees for everyonewith swaying leaf steeples reaching up and out to touch a creator’s fingertipand early-age worshippers led home in quiet night forests by shaman oaks. then theft, … [Read more...] about american soil
by Jamie Ratchford The first rain of spring came as I sat inside my house on a warm April afternoon. My sister rushed over to tell me so I wouldn’t miss it. “Come quick,” she said. We stood at the back door watching the sky pour, peering eagerly through the glass pane. But that wasn’t enough. We needed to get closer. We needed to be a part of it. “Take off your … [Read more...] about Reawakening: A Story of Spring
November 2019 Athletic Playing Fields: Choosing Safer Options for Health and the Environment [PDF]Natural Grass Playing Fields in Springfield, MA (Case Study [PDF] 'Running Out of Room': How old turf fields raise potential environmental and health concerns November 2017 – Synthetic Turf: Industry Claims vs. the Science. Environment & Human Health, Inc. [EHHI]. … [Read more...] about Synthetic Turf Updates
Ted Morgan Alarming reports from a wide variety of science-based and international studies keep coming, warning us of disasters that lie ahead if the world fails to make massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Again and again, we are confronted by the damage that is already resulting from climate change: more intense and frequent extreme weather … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Global Warming: Inaction, and Crimes Against Humanity
by Aviva Chomsky When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what the media increasingly refers to as “record” territory1, as climate change’s momentum outpaces predictions. In such a situation, in a country whose president and administration seem hell-bent on doing everything they conceivably can to make … [Read more...] about Jobs, the Environment, and a Planet in Crisis: Unions vs. Environmentalists or Unions and Environmentalists?