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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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South Side Initiative

by Mary Catherine Foltz How can Universities and communities work together to promote sustainability? Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative (SSI) has developed a few different ways to answer this question in the past years. Recently, we worked with community partners … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Gardening, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Quality of Life, Schools & Learning, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

At a Crossroads

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

Posted in Farmland Preservation, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Smart Growth, Sustainable Living, Transportation, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley |

A Sustainable Energy Center for the Lehigh Valley

To create enough local energy for effective whole systems living The Alliance for Sustainable Communities–Lehigh Valley proposes a Regional Energy Center as an effective local response to the life-threatening global climate disruption caused by excessive burning of fossil fuels. The … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Demand Reduction, Energy, Fossil Fuels, Precautionary Principle, Renewable Energy, Smart Growth, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

Regional Thinking Must Rely on Broad Community Involvement

by Deana Zosky and Steven Bliss Broad-based community participation is fundamental to Renew Lehigh Valley’s work. The organization seeks to draw on a range of perspectives in determining our overall direction and in developing our policy agenda. This collaborative leadership … more

Posted in Building Community, Environment & Ecosystems, Going Local vs. Globalization, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Smart Growth, Transportation, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley |

An Economic Argument for Trails in the Lehigh Valley

by Silas Chamberlin Most of us probably support the creation and protection of trails because they provide opportunities for healthy recreation, simple, sustainable transportation, and are aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, not everyone does. There is, however, a more pragmatic justification for … more

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Local for the Future

by Christina Bianco In a market economy, the main goal is to achieve efficiency. Given that this statement is true, why do businesses ship products across state and international borders when the local community is capable of supplying the same … more

Posted in Building Community, Economy, Business, & Money, Fossil Fuels, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Currencies, Local Food, Smart Growth, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley |

Urban Ecology in Easton

by Igho Herbert The West Ward Neighborhood Partnership (WWNP) was established by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) to help mobilize resources for the economic development of Easton’s West Ward neighborhood. WWNP also operates the Commonwealth’s Elm … more

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Building a Local Living Economy

by Julie Thomases As part of the socially responsible business movement, the Sustainable Business Network of the Lehigh Valley was founded in 2006. SBNLV supports a triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit, considering the needs of all stakeholdersemployees, … more

Posted in Building Community, Economy, Business, & Money, Going Local vs. Globalization, Housing, Local Businesses, Local Food, Smart Growth, Sustainability & Business, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley |

Mobilize Now!

by Joris Rosse Abrupt and extreme climate crisis requires all-out emergency mobilization! This is a call for General Mobilization. We must respond with our utmost willpower and intention to mitigate the existing extreme climate emergency crisis. Well-informed local citizens have … more

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