What Does a Resilient Community Look Like?

Residents of Solebury Township, PA, and many other Pennsylvania communities recently suffered through a multi-day power outage following a severe ice storm. Blown transformers and sub-stations caused power surges in homes, damaging heating systems, computers, televisions and appliances. People turned to wood-burning stoves for heat and visited their fire houses for WiFi and showers. And they waited, for days on end, for someone to let them know when life would return to normal. All this took place as many Southern states experienced unusual back-to-back snow and ice storms and California prepared for water rationing.

If events like these were rare, we could be excused for commenting on the crazy weather and then returning to our lives once power was restored. But we all know that extreme weather has become the norm. The Delaware River Valley has endured three lengthy power outages in as many years. And when we’re not experiencing violent weather here, we’re witnessing it on the news as yet another reporter says “Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power for days” following snow storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, mud slides and other biblical-size disasters.   Read more

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Sustainable resolutions for 2013

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Every year at this time, thousands of writers are tasked with finding a fresh spin on the annual New Year’s Resolution article. Meanwhile, those of use who still believe in resolutions make lists that we know will soon be misplaced or, worse, become painful reminders of what we could have accomplished…if only. Read more

We Interrupt This Blog for An Important Message: Go Vote

It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Election Day is finally here. Wherever you live, whatever else is on your calendar today, Fresh urges you to get to the polls and exercise your right to vote. As you know, democracy is only sustainable if we all participate.

Since this is a presidential election, most of us will step into the voting booth with that important office on our minds. But many of us also will have a chance to vote for local or state representatives or ballot initiatives on issues affecting our communities, counties or state.

You’ve already made up your mind on the big question. If you’re still considering other candidates or issues, you may want to evaluate them in terms of how well they support sustainability in the Delaware River Valley. Does a candidate support open space? conservation? strong schools? Does a ballot initiative have implications for the area’s economic growth as well as its environmental well-being? Today’s your day to choose what the future may hold for our area and our country.

Happy Election Day!