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Plant a Row Lehigh Valley

Plant a Row Lehigh Valley is a hunger relief organization that encourages donations of fresh produce from local gardeners. Participants can either dedicate a row of their garden, or donate excess produce after a harvest. Donations are given to food banks in the Lehigh Valley to help fight food insecurity.     For more information, visit Plant a Row For […]

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Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)

The term ‘fracking’ comes from the process of fracturing the shale rocks in which natural gas is stored by forcing a mixture of water, chemicals, and sand inside the rock to crack it and release the gas. There is some evidence that it can pollute surrounding areas, but the health consequences and environmental impacts of fracking are still being studied. […]

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Compost

Composting is the process of turning organic matter such as food waste into soil which can be used as fertilizer. It usually involves food scraps as well as soil and other organic matter such as leaves or grass clippings, which are mixed together and then decompose with the help of microorganisms in the soil. Composting prevents organic waste from going […]

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St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm

St. Luke’s University Health Network has partnered with the Rodale Institute to develop an organic produce farm located at Anderson Campus. The farm is used to provide locally grown organic produce throughout our network. Produce from the farm will be utilized in our network cafeterias and served to patients, employees, and visitors. Excess produce will be sold to staff members […]

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The Monocacy Farm Project

The Monocacy Farm Project utilizes land and resources at Monocacy Manor in Bethlehem, Pa., in the Franciscan tradition to model stewardship and care of the earth, foster community involvement, provide educational opportunities and serve the needs of the poor. Monocacy Farm provides opportunities for volunteers and interns to gain hands-on farming and gardening experience throughout each growing season. Flexible hours […]

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Sixth Street Shelter

Volunteers can work one-on-one with residents and their children. They work with the Family Resource Center, cover the reception area, tutor our residents, organize our basement or food pantry, and help clean up around the Shelter. There are three volunteer options: adult volunteer, student volunteer, and community service volunteer. To learn more, visit the Sixth Street Shelter website. To volunteer, fill […]

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Landfill

Landfills are storage sites for waste. They are created to confine the waste to as small an area as possible, and cover the waste so that it does not contaminate the area. When created without strict safety precautions, landfills can disrupt infrastructure such as roads, pollute nearby soil and streams, and contaminate groundwater. The use of a landfill liner can prevent […]

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Fair Trade

The Fair Trade movement aims to improve the conditions of workers in developing countries. Fair Trade products are bought from the producers at a reasonable price, and must meet certain social and environmental standards. The movement focuses on commodities such as coffee, cocoa, wine, sugar, chocolate, gold, and handicrafts, which are usually exported from a developing country to a developed […]

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Natural Gas

Natural gas is a non-renewable fuel source that is composed of methane and other gases. When burned for energy, it releases fewer greenhouse gases than coal or oil, but still contributes to global climate change. It is formed underground from the decomposition of plants and animals, and is extracted through drilling or a process known as ‘fracking‘. Learn More Natural […]

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