This project was made possible by the efforts of many people, including volunteers and students in the Alliance’s internship program. We’d like to give special thanks to Rachel Rubino (Lafayette College ’17), who helped shape initial directions for the project, and Megan Heintz (University of Pittsburgh ’18), who spent a summer helping develop background material, additional resources for teachers, and the spreadsheet-based GHG Calculator itself.

We also want to thank staff members and teachers from the Bethlehem Area School District and the Seven Generations Charter School (Emmaus, PA) who helped shape our thinking and provided ideas that helped us develop this project. We also had the benefit of discussions with faculty members in the education and science departments at Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and Moravian College.

In the fall of 2016, we finalized the initial version of the Calculator and this guide with invaluable help from student volunteers, including Ran Cao (Lafayette ‘19) and Casey Banta-Ryan, Courtney Cohen, and Christina Lyons (Lafayette ’20). Alliance co-founder Martin W. Boksenbaum played a key role in completing the Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Sustainability guide.

This project draws on earlier work by intern Lindsay Meiman (Lehigh ’14), who developed the Climate and Sustainability Commitment adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District in 2014, in which they pledged to integrate climate and sustainability in curriculum and student activities, in facilities and operations, and in community engagement. Over the following summer, Christina Cilento, (Northwestern ’17) and Nicole Karsch (Muhlenberg ’16) developed dozens of ideas for ways to implement the commitment, with additional assistance from Hannah Brosky (Lehigh ’18).

Project coordinator: Peter Crownfield.
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“A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place, but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.”

—John Ciardi, American poet, writer, and scholar