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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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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 |

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

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Collaborative Efforts, Composting, Conservation, Deforestation, Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Products - Stuff, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

The Paradox of “Nature”

by Andrew Goldman What does it mean to be alive? Living things grow and reproduce; they adapt to change and maintain metabolic activity; they begin, and they end. In short, life takes energy and matter from its surroundings, processes them … more

Posted in Fossil Fuels, Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, 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 |

Land Use and Development

By Zeke Zelker Land Use and Development As a teenager, I spent hours walking in the cornfields of Lower Macungie, searching for solace in the serene pastoral landscape. I would traverse this landscape alone, rummaging through my confused adolescent mind trying … more

Posted in Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Voices of the Valley |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

In March 2015, we saw stories in the Express-Times and Morning Call reporting that almost all of the high schools, colleges, and universities in the Lehigh Valley have synthetic turf fields (also known as artificial turf), or were planning to replace natural grass with synthetic … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

PennEast Pipeline – Considerations for Communities

PennEast is a high-volume, high-pressure pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the fracking fields of northern PA through the Lehigh Valley and on to markets in other areas [perhaps overseas]. As with any major construction project, impacts on natural resources … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Air, Community Rights, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Pipelines, Precautionary Principle, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

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

Posted in Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Composting, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Farmers, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Permaculture, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds |

Food & Health – Research citations

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

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