The Sustainability Buzz


Don’t Wait for Trickle-Down Sustainability: How Local Efforts Move the Needle

To misquote Tip O’Neill, all sustainability is local. On October 15, 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Fifth Assessment Report on the state of the global climate.  The full text is readable here.  This was by far the most comprehensive and scientifically detailed of all its work done to date. In it, […]

Sustainability on the Playground

Imagine this. You’re seven years old.  You see a brightly colored path and want to find out where it leads.  You meander through a forest where ropes allow you to connect from tree to tree.  The mountains just outside the forest invite you to explore their tunnels and build connections from peak to peak.  You […]

iSpring Principal New President of Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network

iSpring Principal Andrea Wittchen has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the newly-incorporated Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network.  The Network is now a nonprofit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is set to ramp up efforts to connect organizations across the Lehigh Valley and promote sustainability. The Network’s first major project will […]

Vibrant Sustainability Community on View in PA/NJ Region

It seems almost every day brings more disheartening news of governmental dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, DC.  One could believe that nothing of value is getting accomplished as the country sits frozen in a partisan Ice Age. Based on the evidence at the 3rd annual PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium held last week at Temple University, nothing […]

Lehigh Valley Receives 2011 Sustainable Communities Grant

On November 21, 2011, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the awarding of $3.4 million dollars to the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation as part of its 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants program.  The grants are provided by HUD in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the EPA.   Funds will be […]

iSpring Principal Honored with Sustainability Award

On November 16th, iSpring Principal Andrea Wittchen was honored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (Lehigh Valley Branch) for her work in creating the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network. At the annual Membership Celebration, Andrea Wittchen received the Sustainability Award for Inidividual Leadership. The awards are presented annually in five separate categories: Private Project, Public […]

iSpring Presents at Energypath 2011

iSpring principals Andrea and Samantha Wittchen presented at this year’s Energypath Conference on June 30th, which was run by the Sustainable Energy Fund and hosted by DeSales University. They spoke as part of the Sustainable Manufacturing track with Robert “Gus” Gustafson of Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center. Andrea presented a case study of last summer’s baseline […]

Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network Officially Launches

iSpring principal, Andrea Wittchen, formally announced the launch of the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network at a press conference on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The press conference, held in conjunction with DVGBC’s Green Schools Conference & Expo, drew about fifty people to learn about this new Lehigh Valley resource. The LVSN has been created to facilitate […]

iSpring Speaks at Central High School’s Earth Day Celebration

On May 13th, iSpring principal, Samantha Wittchen, spoke at Central High School’s Earth Day celebration. The Philadelphia public high school is located in North Philadelphia, and Samantha spoke to several classes of very engaged students about iSpring’s work, writing for GRID Magazine and the RecycleNOW campaign.

Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network Moves Forward

The Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network took another step forward on Tuesday, April 12th, with a workshop attended by 40 sustainability leaders from the Lehigh Valley. The group, under the guidance of iSpring principal Andrea Wittchen, divided into four working groups focused on strategy and leadership, outreach, government dialogue, and technology and resources. Using the results […]

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