We bid fond farewell to Martin Boksenbaum, co-founder of the Alliance who was deeply involved in preparing each of the previous 16 issues of this Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet.
It’s hard to think of the Alliance—and especially this publication—without Martin. He was integral to nearly every aspect of it from its inception. Martin died last summer, but we’re going to continue and move forward in the same direction. To quote Martin: “We pursue the positive outcomes the sustainability movement seeks as well as effectively oppose threats… from the entrenched system…. We continue to work to unite efforts, promote connections and collaborations, to educate, communicate, advocate….“
For those who didn’t know Martin, he was a visionary who worked with others to form the Alliance for Sustainable Communities– Lehigh Valley. He was deeply involved in every aspect of developing the Alliance’s Declaration of Principles and its Vision, Mission, and Goals to its many current programs. Martin played key roles in focusing attention on corporations, raising awareness of the importance of healthy food, developing our annual directory of organizations that promote sustainable communities (now this Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet), establishing the Sustainability Commons and other collaboration efforts, and foster- ing our extensive internship program. He was a leader of the Beyond Capitalism Working Group of the Alliance and helped publish and edit Left Turn. One of his most recent contributions was the innovative SouthSide Togetherprogram that brought people, community groups, enterprises, non-profits, institutions, and agencies together to share and exchange ideas.
(from the spring 2020 edition of the Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet.)