The RenewLV effort is made up of committed residents of the Lehigh Valley. If you are interested in becoming a part of a network of advocates working toward regional collaboration and urban revitalization, please sign up for our e-mail list. You will receive occasional e-mails about RenewLV events, updates, and more.
Board of Directors
- Ron Beitler – Lower Macungie Township, Commissioner
- Robert Black – Morris Black & Sons, Inc.
- Mike Drabenstott – Drabenstott Communications Group
- William Erdman – Keystone Consulting
- Rep. Robert Freeman – 136th Legislative District, Northampton County
- Erich Hornung – David Hornung Architect
- Alan Jennings – Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
- Dave Lobach – Embassy Bank
- Don Miles – Sierra Club
- Delicia Nahman – Lehigh University
- Jo Ann Pendleton – The Designer’s Eye Creative Consultants
- Julie Thomases – Former non-profit executive
- Andy Twiggar – Dunn Twiggar
Robert Black and Julie Thomases at Summit for Smart Growth, 2015
- Joyce Marin – Executive Director
- Justin Burker – Campaign Coordinator
Much of the work of RenewLV is accomplished through the work of dedicated volunteers at the committee level. We have demonstrated a track record of success in hosting public engagement events for dialogue on important regional issues.
If you would like make a difference in the Lehigh Valley, finding regional solutions through smart growth, efficient local governance and sustainability while interacting with regional leadership, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception, RenewLV has been convening leaders and stakeholders from around the region to tackle tough regional issues. These have included regional police, consolidated water/waste water services, regional public health. In 2012-14 RenewLV conducted public outreach and engagement for the EnvisionLV effort with a consortium of fourteen partners in the development of a regional sustainability plan funded by a $3.4 million HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Grant. At the end of 2014 with the conclusion of the EnvisionLV process and the completion of the summary report, 1LV, by consortium partner, LVPC, the RenewLV board of directors reset RenewLV’s initiatives:
1. Farmland Preservation
2. Sustainable Food Systems
3. Smart Transportation
Presently, RenewLV has active committees working on initiatives.
One of the more exciting collaborations is the founders team of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council (LVFPC) which includes seventeen partners utilizing a Collective Impact model of collaboration. It was formed to “move from ideas to actions” on the ideas in the Assessment Report: Lehigh Valley Food Economy, a study of the regional food system developed by Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley as a part of the EnvisionLV process. Partners for the LVFPC include: United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, Rodale Institute, Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Sodexo, CACLV, the Counties of Northampton and Lehigh, The Nurture Nature Center, Lafayette College, Jordan Heights Neighborhood Revitalization, St Luke’s University Health Network, Seven Generations Charter School, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, New Bethany Ministries, Penn State Extension and RenewLV.