Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a contributor to many health problems—both because of the pollution caused by motor vehicles and because people get less exercise.
- To learn how you can reduce your dependence on the automobile andimprove your health and the health of the community, visit CAT — the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation.
- Read State Representative Bob Freeman’s article on light rail—originally published the April 1981 edition of the New Valley Press, it is still very appropriate today!
- Read Pratima Agrawal’s op-ed on Light Rail for the Lehigh Valley. (Express-Times, April 30 2006)
Here we focus on rethinking the ways we live and the ways society and its systems are structured. It includes approaches, perspectives, and philosophies that can empower our pursuit of sustainability, getting more specific about the frameworks for thinking and action given in the Finding Solutions part of the Think Globally section, namely, the models of change available to help us understand the various aspects of the problem we are facing and to help us move towards sustainability.
The change paradigms are a varied lot. Some focus on specific objectives, some are holistic. Some are weighted toward “taking action” strategies, some toward conceptualization, some are rather balanced in dealing with both theory and practice. They all can find expression in local, regional, national and/or world-wide actions. They all can inspire us and help us find the way.
Please contact us about models for change that you would like to see added to this listing.
There are many inter-related and interdependent factors that contribute to campus sustainability. This section looks at two ways to organize the different aspects of sustainability for campuses. The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future, outlines four interdependent … more
Education and schools have important connections to becoming more sustainable. Schools need to: Model sustainability in their facilities and operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] and minimizing environmental & health impacts. Teach about sustainable living and develop students who are … more
Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on economic development in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. Read the … more
Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the plan for Allentown—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t yet … more
Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on transportation in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t … more
This is not an official Envision LV page, but we want to provide a way for you to access the draft plans they are creating and comment on what they got right and what’s missing. The following is from a … more
by Al Wurth The Lehigh Valley, like so many other regions, is at a crossroads. In choosing which path to take in regional planning, our choice is between business-as-usual, 20th century approaches, a path often characterized as “New Jersification”, and … more
by Dennis R. Lieb “Without systemic change, sustainable communities are not possible.” This is the opening statement from a whitepaper by Ben Price, Projects Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). He is speaking here of our political … more
A unique and excellent addition to the Lehigh Valley’s offerings, the Social Research Social Justice Conference began in 2003 as a collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College, with the goal to … more
This is another no-brainer. Recently, colleges and universities have been earning an average 6–8% return on their endowment funds. Most facilities projects to reduce energy & greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] have a 5–7 year payback — a 14%–20% return—which means … more