Let's look at sustainability in terms of how our practices affect human health, both immediately and over the long term. Whether we call them health problems or environmental problems, though, the prescription for corrective actions is almost identical. The health lens is particularly appropriate because it states the impacts in terms of human health, rather than more … [Read more...] about Sustainability & Public Health
Sustainability in Businesses That Serve Food How can food-serving businesses operate more sustainably? That's the question explored by a Lehigh University MBA candidate this summer, and here's what he found. Introduction What is sustainability? Considered from an economic perspective, sustainable businesses seek to maximize stakeholder value (owners, employees, customers, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Restaurants
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, industrial agriculture ‘views the farm as a factory with “inputs” (such as pesticides, feed, fertilizer, and fuel) and “outputs” (corn, chickens, and so forth)…’1 Many of the ‘inputs’ used to maximize production are harmful to human health, and much of the food produced in our industrialized food system is deficient in nutrients … [Read more...] about The Problem with Industrialized Agriculture
With institutional service, what is not eaten is an important part of sustainable practices that contribute to public health. Commercial kitchens create a large amount of waste in preparation, leftovers, and food left on plates; this waste pollutes groundwater, generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and increases disposal costs. It is not enough to change the food we … [Read more...] about Food Service Operations
The campus sustainability initiative grew out of a project with Lehigh University student Victorija Danta, who was working to support climate protection efforts here in Bethlehem. As part of her internship, we created a Climate Protection Agreement for schools (which was adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District in December 2006). As we started looking at what higher … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability Initiative
by Elyse Jurgen The campus sustainability initiative encourages and facilitates efforts by Lehigh Valley colleges and universities to become more sustainable in their operations and provide their students with an educational environment that will develop leaders—teachers, political leaders, researchers, land-use planners, architects, business men and women, journalists, … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability – What is it?