Monthly Archives: December 2014
During this holiday season, RenewLV would like to honor you and the many people in the Lehigh Valley who made “sustainable” choices in 2014 – choices that benefited us critically as a region — individually and collectively, economically and environmentally.
2014 was a big year for sustainability in the Lehigh Valley. Thanks to…
- People who supported our local food economy by shopping at area farmers’ markets or by subscribing to CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). One of our EnvisionLV consortium members, Lynn Prior of Buy Fresh — Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley reminds us that if every household spent $10 per week at a local farmers market, it would bring almost $200 million into our regional economy. Keep those local food purchases going!
- People who did their Christmas shopping on one of the Lehigh Valley’s traditional Main Streets, supporting local businesses;
- Businesses who invested in our center cities in unprecedented numbers, some purchasing and rehabbing properties, others making decisions to move their offices downtown. It’s great to see so many new businesses in the downtowns!
- The 200+ people who came to the RenewLV Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities at the Hotel Bethlehem on December 5th to discuss regional strategies for smart growth, regional cooperation and wrapping up the three-year EnvisionLV process through “Moving from Ideas to Actions;”
- The municipalities who cooperated across municipal boundaries making more efficient use of precious tax dollars (Special shout-outs to the municipalities that do multi-municipal comprehensive planning and Slate Belt for their efforts toward a regional police force!)
- The over 12,000 citizens who got involved in the issue of sustainability through the Envision Lehigh Valley initiative. Your familiarity with and excitement for the ideas in the EnvisionLV studies will ensure our region grows more sustainably as the population of the Lehigh Valley continues to climb;
- A special thank you to the EnvisionLV consortium partners for the monumental work you all did on developing sustainability plans for the region. It was an honor to work with each of you:
- The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation,
- The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission,
- Lehigh County,
- Northampton County,
- City of Allentown,
- City of Bethlehem,
- City of Easton,
- Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley,
- Lehigh And Northampton Transportation Authority,
- Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges,
- Lehigh Valley Research Consoritum,
- The Nurture Nature Center,
- Buy Fresh — Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley and
- The Wildlands Conservancy.
- A special mention to Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and her staff for the historic effort that went into the culminating report of the EnvisionLV process: 1LV
As 2014 and the EnvisionLV process wraps up, at RenewLV, we believe that the best is yet to come. Now is when we continue the drumbeat for “Moving from Ideas to Actions” for smart growth, sustainability and municipal cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
In order to continue to engage the public in our important work, we need your help. Please support RenewLV financially with a year-end donation by clicking here for online donations, or send a check to RenewLV at 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Thank you for your interest and involvement in our cause. I’m looking forward to continuing to work together with you to be a catalyst for action in 2015!
Joyce K. Marin
p.s. We maintain social media to keep you informed of the latest opportunities and issues related to our work. We invite you to connect with RenewLV through:
- Renewlv.org website,
- Email blasts (register on the renewlv.org website)
- Crossroads blog at renewlv.wordpress.com
- RenewLV Facebook page, and
- RenewLV Twitter feed
Additionally, we invite you to refer to the Envision Lehigh Valley reports that will be available online for at least the next two years, at
- envisionlehighvalley.com website,
We have been and will continue to post the drafts of the studies as they are completed by the Envision Lehigh Valley consortium partners at envisionlehighvalley.com website under “documents.” If you have not already done so, we highly recommend that you read the reports and supporting documents on the topics of interest to you and consider their recommendations. They include a wealth of information in areas of economic development, fresh food access, transportation, housing and the jobs/housing balance and ideas on how you and organizations with which you are affiliated can join the larger effort to making more sustainable choices. If you want to connect with others who are “Moving Ideas to Actions,” reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you plugged in.