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Table of Contents (Sustainability Impact Assessment)

Table of Contents Executive Summary Introduction Why a Sustainability Impact Assessment? What does Sustainability Mean? Types of Impacts Considered The Easton – Phillipsburg Area Impacts Building Design & Systems Transportation Food Educational Programming & Operations Construction Recommendations & Opportunities Building … more

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Sustainability Impact Assessment

A team of Alliance interns recently completed a preliminary sustainability impact assessment on a proposal to construct Da Vinci Science City (DVSC) in Easton. Prepared by:  Olivia Barz (Lehigh ’19), Ryan Dougherty (Lafayette ’19), Harris Eisenhardt (SUNY–ESF ’19), Ashley Kushner (Lafayette ’19), … more

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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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Farms and Food Security: How Saving Excess Food Can Help Food Security

by Jennifer Giovanniello Food insecurity is a complex problem, and it is just as connected to environmental issues as it is to social ones. Many lower-income sections of cities are food deserts, and certain areas in Easton are no exception. … more

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The Environmental Perils of Consumerism

by Emma Stierhoff Consumerism […] encourages both increased consumption and increased waste, resulting in environmental destruction. It was not until I began identifying as an environmentalist in high school that I started to question the constant pressure to buy more … more

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The Cycle of Discarding

by Briana VanBuskirk We’re stuck in a cycle that fosters the creation, use, and discarding of materials without any consideration for the environment, animal rights, or human rights. Why is this? It’s no secret that financial gain is the core … more

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Earth Day 2016: An Experience at Muhlenberg College

by Molly Majewicz This year on Friday, April 22nd, the day was overcast and humid, but the predicted chance of rain didn’t deter many passionate Muhlenberg students and community members from creating a sustainability-centered fair, of sorts. On-campus groups like … more

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Regenerative Organic Agriculture Reverses Climate Change!

The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … 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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Envision LV – Food

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the food system in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If … more

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