Category Archives: Sustainability News

Plant a Row for the Hungry

Although it often goes unnoticed, food insecurity affects almost 11% of the people in Lehigh and Northampton counties: that’s roughly 73,000 people in our community who don’t have consistent access to healthy, affordable meals! And the health consequences are serious – a lack of fresh food leads to obesity, diabetes, and other diet related conditions. Joseph Marlin of Hellertown is fighting […]

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Gov. Wolf ‘treading softly’ between criticizing Trump’s Paris accord decision and supporting energy jobs

President Trump‘s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord has created an ideological divide among states. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf — up for re-election in 2018 in a state that voted Republican last November — is trying to appeal to both sides by “treading softly”.  While he condemned Trump’s withdrawal, claiming it would give China a greater edge in energy jobs, he has […]

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Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

A reliance on natural gas sometimes blinds policy makers to local pollution. “Eight years ago, people in Pavillion, Wyo., living in the middle of a natural gas basin, complained of a bad taste and smell in their drinking water.” Peer-reviewed and published by former EPA scientist, Dominic DiGiulio, in Environmental Science and Technology, this study suggests that water wells in Pavillion, typically […]

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Fresh Food Access Plan: Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy

A part of the Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy Assessment Report, this Access Plan aims to identify specific strategies to be implemented in the Lehigh Valley. Sustainability Fact: if everyone in the Lehigh Valley spent $10 a day on locally produced food, $100 million dollars of economic activity would be generated annually within the Valley. Today, there are eight areas in the Lehigh […]

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LVSN: New Muhlenberg Intern

LVSN has a new spring intern! Devin Domeyer studies Environmental Science at Muhlenberg College with a focus on sustainability. Vice President of Muhlenberg’s Environmental Action Team, she is currently working with fellow students in pursuit of increased food security in the Lehigh Valley. She is extremely invested in the goal of LVSN in connecting sustainable programs and initiatives by improving communication between sustainable […]

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Two Muhlenberg College Interns Power LVSN Website Development

The goal of a comprehensive sustainability website for the Lehigh Valley has been achieved thanks to the contributions of two Muhlenberg College interns, Jalal Khan and Hannah Bobker.   Hannah, a rising junior from Brunswick, Maine, worked as a volunteer during the Spring 2015 semester developing content for the website’s Sustainability A to Z section.  She researched and wrote definitions for […]

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Allentown Waterfront Project

Philadelphia media outlet Flying Kite has published an article on the continuing development of the Allentown Waterfront featuring interviews with Zach Jaindl, Sy Traub, and Elissa Garofalo.

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