The incidence of asthma in the Lehigh Valley is far higher than the national average, especially in the inner cities. This is probably due in part to natural factors such as pollen, but the levels 0f Diesel pollution and ground-level ozone are also problematic. [Year after year, the Lehigh Valley fails to meet the minimum standards of the Clean Air Act.]
Locally, asthma is a focus of the Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community and a task force on Diesel pollution that includes the Alliance, Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community, Clean Water Action, Lehigh University’s Environmental Policy Design program, and RenewLV.
The following recommendations are based on understanding the risks created by playing on or near synthetic turf. Compiled from advice on several health & sport-specific sites, they can help reduce — but not eliminate — some of the serious health … more
References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more
Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more
Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on why Envision LV should include public health in its plan for a sustainable Lehigh Valley. Envision LV does not have a draft report on Public Health, although other … more
50 Jawdroppingly Toxic Food Additives to Avoid There have been great advances in food preparation in the last century. These days, well over half of the foods that we can buy in a typical supermarket are pre packaged or prepared. … more