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Resources (Sustainability Impact Assessment)

Resources to complete a Sustainability Impact Assessment [In development – if you have questions now send an email to Peter Crownfield, coordinator for the sustainability impact assessment project.] DRAFT This list is provided as a starting point for others doing a … more

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Recommendations (Sustainability Impact Assessment)

The recommendations take a holistic view to mitigate the challenges associated with the Da Vinci Science City and explore opportunities. Each recommendation indicates which of the five impact areas (climate, community, local economy, health, and environment). All recommendations are directed to the … more

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Impacts (Sustainability Impacts Assessment)

This project examines the inter-related facets of climate, community, health, environment, and local economy. While the project focused on the proposed Da Vinci Science City project in Easton, the descriptions below provide an introduction to the various types of impacts … 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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